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Itchin’ to travel? Don’t forget to pack these 6 essentials on your next road trip

By Denise Nicole Uy Published Feb 11, 2021 4:25 pm

There’s something about road trips and how they perfectly capture the youthful spirit. They create memories that last long after the trip has ended, which explains why they’re a favorite theme in coming-of-age movies. Road tips are also a salvation—a sweet escape, literally—when life feels monotonous. 

But before you hit the road, whether with your closest friends, family or just by yourself, it’s best to prepare the essentials to make the experience fun and hassle-free. Of course, take note of all the necessary health and safety protocols.

Sun protection is a must

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By now, you’re aware of the importance of sun protection and skincare, especially in a tropical country. Protecting your skin from damage is definitely something you should be doing, regardless if you’re going on a trip or not.

Did you know that UVA rays, which cause premature skin aging and skin cancer, can still penetrate glass? Keep your skin safe while sightseeing with a reliable sunblock. Choose one that absorbs fast and is comfortable to wear.

Shield your eyes

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Don’t forget to protect your eyes from the sun. Lucky for you, there are plenty of sunglasses that are not only functional but fashionable, too. 

Switch up your fave sunglasses for a pair or two that match your look or vibe; the options are endless. Your eyes and #OOTD will surely thank you.

Top up that power

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Imagine framing that perfect shot on your phone’s camera only for it to die on you. It’s the stuff of nightmares! 

This is why a powerbank during a road trip is a must. Remember that journeys are all about spontaneity. Choose something with enough juice to charge your phone and other devices throughout the day. You’ll never know, your buddy might want to borrow it, too.

Prep your playlists

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Admit it, you still imagine yourself as a movie lead with the perfect soundtrack to back up the cool stuff happening on screen. While not all of us can be action heroes, we can still get a banging soundtrack playing in the background.

If you’re like me who can’t organize my music library and in desperate need of new music, try these Spotify or YouTube playlists, or this podcast. You can find a lot of hidden gems like When being the villain is more exciting, Nintendo Waltz music, and Songs for when you’re in a coming of age film

If you don’t want to share your music with others, invest in a pair of in-ear earphones so nobody can hear you play that song for the nth time. Just don’t wear it when driving.

Be comfy

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It’s best to be comfortable when you’re stuck in a small space for a long time. 

Wearing flipflops or sandals is a great way to keep your feet comfy during long car rides. If you’re going to get active, there are plenty of cute, versatile sneakers you can wear whether you’re at rest or at play. Choose something easy to slip on and off in breathable material for maximum comfort.

Keep your essentials safe and close

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Now that your essentials are ready, choose something that’s light and roomy to keep your must-haves safe. We love cute tote bags and there are plenty of fun and colorful choices out there to suit your personality and needs.

Something in a bright color or unique shape would be a fun choice when picking out something new!

Finding the best travel essentials doesn’t have to be difficult. For more ideas on your next road trip, visit SM Shopmag.

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