10 essentials for your first summer road trip

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Whether you’re going to a festival, on a glamorous British camping trip or just a day trip to the beach, there are a few things you don’t want to be forgetting. So join us as we run through the essential checklist for your very first road trip after finishing your driving lessons and passing that driving test.

1. A sense of direction…

You don’t want to be getting lost the very first time you try to venture away from home. Obviously it’s not a very good idea to head straight out on your road trip the day after you pass your driving test, so make sure you’re able to drive yourself about without getting lost (and without a Sat Nav) first.

Make sure you’ve got a Sat Nav with you, or, if you prefer things the old-fashioned way, a map or some printed directions.


2. Food, food, glorious food

No one wants to be hungry on a car journey, so don’t forget the sweets, the Pringles and the cash for your McDonalds drive-thru. Don’t go too mental though, you don’t want to be sticking your head out the window like a sick dog.

3. Some tuuuuunes

You’re going to need some seriously good music for your summer road trip. You know, the kind of songs which make people shout ‘TUUUUUNNEEE’ or run to the dance floor like they’re being chased by a pack of hungry dogs.

A collaborative playlist is a good idea, providing there’s no one who’s going to fill it with songs from the Frozen soundtrack.


4. Your Ray Bans

What’s the point in going on a summer road trip if you haven’t got any Ray Bans? We’ll allow cheap knock offs too, just make sure you’ve brought your driving shades along for the ride.

Note: In the interests of safety, make sure you can actually see while driving.

5. An in-car phone charger

The last thing you want is to get stuck driving around the countryside looking for Glastonbury without any battery. Having a phone charger can you get you out of all sorts of situations, so don’t forget to stick it in your glove box before you leave.

6. A Polaroid instant camera

Who needs Instagram when you can take instant pictures of your mates really going for it in the dance tent? Polaroid instant cameras aren’t too pricey, and there’s no need to spend hours uploading everything to Facebook when you get home.


7. A torch

Every driver should have a torch in their car, although hopefully you won’t nee to use it. You first road trip should be a fun and stress-free affair, but you never know when you might find yourself searching about in the dark for the right tent.

8. Money…

It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who break down because they run out of fuel. Make sure you’ve got cash or your card, so you don’t find yourself sitting at the side of the M25 instead of being at the beach. Oh and seen as you’re the driver, don’t forget to make sure your mates chip in too!

9. Something warm

We know the summer is the time to take as many clothes off as possible, but lets remember that we are in England. Don’t forget to bring at least a hoodie and a pair of leggings with you, because as soon as it gets dark you’re going to seriously regret your choice of daisy dukes.


10. Your friends

Finally, you don’t want to forget to bring your mates with you. Your first road trip isn’t going to be much fun if you’re sitting on your own shouting ‘TUUUNNEE’ with all the windows open.