It's difficult to imagine anything more wonderful during the summer than the ultimate of past-times: a road trip. Whether you're trailing from one side of the U. S. of A to another with your best friend, your favourite playlist and...oh wait, that's probably it, or whether you've meticulously planned which denim cutoffs you're going to wear for each backpack 'n' trainers combo (#athleisure), it's safe to assume that the road trip has been romanticised as the summer getaway. Here are Travelle's top five things to pack so that you don't run into any unwanted mishaps while you're behind the wheel.
Antibacterial Wet Wipes
As someone who's spent many an hour in the back of a plane, taxi, or, like, any metro carriage, we can vouch for the world being a germ-infested place. There are, like, so many. And guess what? The only thing worse about being on a road trip is that having a bathroom with full-functioning amenities (Carex antibacterial, we're looking at you) under a mile away is not really a prospect. For every time you touch money, or the bottom of your shoe, or pee in some random field, well, there's a wet wipe for that. Oh, and please wipe your hands after eating that off-license pack of ham plus tinned mackerel (that salad of fresh peppers, spinach and sweet potatoes doesn't look so unappetising now, does it)? Food grease isn't lethal (as far as I'm aware) but we don't want to wake up with extra virgin staining our kaftans, either.
Self explanatory, but do not be that person who, whoops, only has, like $2 in their wallet and now we're going to have to split your cost between every other person in the group and so it would be kind of petty to kick up a fuss since it would be less than $5 per head but still it's the principle you know and now you have to sit in the car knowing that you're responsible for that simmering undercurrent of resentment that will only intensify the next time you don't have cash - and there will be a next time, because there are zero cash points on the road - and you'll ask in the same assuming, unapologetic way and you will be responsible for the beginnings of the slow erosion of a group friendship. You wouldn't want that on your head, would you?
Small Handheld Mirror
So if you are the kind of person that has to look on fleek even when the only people around to see you are a) grumpy and sleep-deprived and wondering what song is next on the playlist or b) not people at all, but weird birds and myriad species of flowers and trees (hope we're using the right word here - do we say species? Need to Google) since there are zero people around - um, no judgement at all, and we'd like to stress the absolute efficacy of a small handheld mirror which you can use to apply makeup; check for touchups when you're in small towns, and also under the table in a restaurant when you don't want the person sitting opposite you to think you're vain, but you're convinced your concealer looks way too dark in the harsh diner lighting.
Of everything. Packed as many as you think you need? Double it.
Bubbles or Glitter
You know when you walk into a knick-knack store and look around, and you realise that, Oh, I've never thought about having a pineapple-shaped stress ball keyring or a handheld paddle bucket or a million dinosaur figurines, but hey, actually, I could kind of work with this and they look so cute on the shelf and they now accompany you to most important occasions? For us, that weird talisman-cum-lucky-charm is bubbles. Because they automatically make any occasion more whimsical, more childlike, and diffuse tension during inevitable fights that occur in cramped spaces over like, oh, I don't know, people not having cash. Whatever that X factor object is for you, now is the crucial time to bring it. That failing, there is always the magic glitter dust of, like, life? Because isn't that what you're on the road to discover, after all?