With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it’s the perfect time for a road trip.
Fox News Digital previously spoke with several people who live in refurbished vans and travel around the country about essential items and tips for their road trips, which are perfect for the casual first weekend of summer.
Jasmine Wilson moved into her refurbished truck full-time on December 1, 2020, along with her dog Ice, and her goal is to visit every national park in the United States. By last fall, she and Ice had visited about 15 national parks.
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Wilson told Fox News Digital that her best advice for people going on road trips is to be aware of their surroundings and enjoy the experience, adding that she is “trying to be in the moment more.”
She also advised road trippers to be very prepared. They prioritize safety items and snacks so you don’t have to stop.
“It’s better to have more than you need than not enough,” Wilson said. “I feel like there’s a limit to where you overdo it, but it’s always better to be more prepared.”
She added, “I never let my gashi go below half because … you never know when you’ll see another.” [gas station]. “
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Meanwhile, Will and Kristen Watson — along with their daughter Rom, 3, and Pitbull Rush — were They travel in the renovated bus since April 2019.
Kristen told Fox News Digital that the most important part of the road trip is the plan — and the expectation that things will likely change.
“They say it’s not an adventure until everything starts to go wrong,” Christine told Fox.
“We choose a goal and then we go with the flow,” she added. “This is how we get to where our destination is. Because you can find a lot of cool things along the way that you might not have known about.”
Meanwhile, Will said road tripping is all about enjoying “the little things along the way.”
“It’s the little stops, the little memories, the little things you can do along the way to get to the main destination that make the trip better,” Will said.
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Here are some of the “essential” items for road trips, according to Wilson and Watson.
Snacks and water
Both Wilson and Watson said they always have snacks with them.
“Snacks are a must,” said Christine.
The Watsons said they usually keep nice oranges on hand because they don’t need refrigeration and they’re so healthy. They also recommended keeping water on hand.
“When you’re changing elevation or elevation, it’s a good idea to just hold water and keep yourself hydrated,” Weil said.
Christine specifically recommended water bottles that have filters, so it’s easy to get water from any sink.
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Wilson said one of her favorite items on her truck is the radiator. Specifically, Wilson has an Icybreeze cooler, which also doubles as an air conditioner. The cooler is battery powered and has a vent, which blows cool air. Wilson said her dog, Ace, loves her.
“My dog literally sits in front of him and stays quiet all day,” Wilson said.
At the top of Watsons’ list of essentials was roadside assistance, in the event of an emergency like a flat tire or running out of gas.
“It’s just a nice layer of protection that you can have for RVs or for cars,” Kristen said.
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As someone who travels alone, Wilson said having items for self-protection—like mace spray—and emergencies—like a multi-tool—is key.
“The two most important things are being aware of your surroundings and having those safety things on hand,” Wilson said.
Watsons told Fox News Digital that they use the Roadtrippers app to help them plan their trips. Christine said they usually choose a “final destination” and the app will help them find other fun and interesting things to do along the way – and tell them how long they have to drive to get to those places.
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The Watsons also recommended keeping entertainment close at hand, for both adults and children. Christine said she and she will listen to good audiobooks, podcasts, or playlists while driving.
Meanwhile, they have games for Roam to play with before they turn to reading her books or giving her coloring books.
“As a last resort, she has an iPad and we’ll let her monitor that if she’s too tired and nothing else is working,” Kristen said.
Dash cam rearview mirror
Since Wilson’s car does not have a rear window or rearview mirror, Wilson purchased a dash cam rearview mirror, which can also serve as a backup camera for cars that do not have this function.
“It was absolutely necessary,” Wilson said.
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