There’s nothing like a romantic getaway. Whether you’re headed out of town for a few days or you’ve booked a full week, taking a vacation with your partner is a great opportunity to reconnect with each other, disconnect from work, and get a chance to have some fun. But if you don’t have enough time to jet set away and are hitting the road instead, you’re going to need to be prepared. Here are 12 road trip essentials for your romantic weekend.
1. Cooler Full of Snacks and Drinks
What’s a road trip without snacks? Not one we’d like to be on, that’s for sure. Instead of stocking up at every gas station you pass, think ahead and pack your favorite sodas, sparkling waters, fruits, and cheese crackers to snack on along the way. Your wallet—and your stomach—will thank you.
2. Portable External Battery
You’re going to need plenty of power on your phone, especially if you’re driving an older car that can’t charge your device. Bring a portable external battery so you never have to decide whether it’s worth it to snap a selfie or not.
3. A Camera That’s not Your Phone
Sure, your cell phone will work just fine to take all those selfies and pictures of roadside attractions that you stop at, but there’s something inherently more fun about having a regular camera that’s not attached to all of your emails, social media, and other apps (which can distract you from romance and spontaneity. Break out your go-to digital camera or buy one of those adorable Polaroid cameras to get a vintage feel to your road trip memories.
4. An Audiobook or Podcast You Both Love
Roadtrips are the perfect opportunity to finally take some time to read or listen to a podcast you’ve been meaning to catch up on. Download a few on your phone, or go retro and visit your local library to check out an audiobook CD or two. Talk with your loved one after about what you hear.
5. Backseat or Trunk Organizer
Even if you’re only going to be gone for a few days, it always pays to be organized so that you can access your things quickly. Purchase a backseat or trunk organizer to keep your luggage in one spot and have your reusable bags or car maintenance equipment handy without having to dig.
6. Travel Mug
If it’s a road trip, you’re going to need coffee—and a lot of it. In order to keep that coffee as hot as you can, take a travel mug along with you because no one should ever have to sip on lukewarm coffee for hours.
7. A Tide Pen
You want to look as fresh as you can on your romantic getaway, but all it takes is a bump in the road to get a ketchup stain all over your perfectly curated road trip outfit. Bring along a Tide pen with you to remedy any stains that you accrue along the way.
8. First-Aid Kit
You never know what can happen on the road, which is why you should always be prepared with a proper first-aid kit for your car. Whether you grab aspirin from the kit for a headache or reach for the kit after a serious injury, you’ll be happy it’s fully stocked and ready for use.
9. A Couple of Beach Towels or Blanket
Even if you’re not headed to the beach, it’s always a good idea to keep a few beach towels in your trunk. You never know when you might decide to picnic at a rest stop or stop at a nearby lake or public pool to cool off. Beach towels or a blanket are also handy for cleaning up any messes or having something cool to sit on if the summer heat blasts a metal chair at a restaurant or camping site. They’re an all-purpose tool that’s great to have on hand.
Even though you’ll be in the car for extended periods of time, the sun’s harmful UV rays are still coming in through the windows and damaging your skin. It’s best to put on some sunscreen before you get in the car and have some extra available for reapplication and in case you decide to stop at a roadside attraction.
11. Mints or Gum
Eating a bag of chips and downing cups of coffee aren’t exactly the recipe for amazing breath. We predict a lot of kissing in your future on this road trip, so it’s best to be prepared with a stash of mints or gum in the glove box.
12. Your Favorite Sweater
You may be road tripping in the summer, but that doesn’t mean it won’t cool down at night when you head to dinner. Plus, if your partner likes to keep the air conditioning on full blast, you’re going to need a sweater to keep you warm.