Road Trip Essentials

Have you ever felt the need to just get in your car and drive the wide open road for hours without any particular destination in mind? Sometimes life gets in the way and before you know it a whole year has passed and you haven’t been anywhere at all.

Everyone deserves a break from reality. Perhaps, a road trip is exactly what you need.

Let me help you with a list of road trip essentials that would make your adventure run as smoothly as possible.

First things first:

1. Vehicle

  • If you’re driving your own car. Make sure to have it thoroughly checked by your dealer or local mechanic. (oil change, tire pressure, tire tread depth, engine, etc.).
  • Car Insurance/Registration and AAA number stored in the glove compartment of your car.
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas before starting the trip. If you’re driving in the middle of nowhere. Fill up every half tank the moment you see a gas station – just to be safe.
  • Make sure you have a Portable Air Compressor, Jumper Cable, and Jump Starter.  Please check out the links below from Amazon.

Portable Air Compressor

Kensun AC/DC Rapid Performance Portable Air Compressor Tire Inflator with Digital Display for Home (110V) and Car (12V) – 30 Litres/Min

 

Jumper Cable

CARTMAN Booster Cable 4 Gauge x 20Ft in Carry Bag (4AWG x 20Ft) UL-Listed

 

Jump Starter

NOCO Genius Boost Plus GB40 1000 Amp 12V UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter

2. First Aid Kit

  • This is a must in case of any accidents or injuries while on the road.

Pac-Kit by First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case, 299-Piece Kit

3.  Basic Necessities

  • Food
  • Water – (At least a case of bottled water per person if going to places without water) and at least 2-3 gallons of non-potable water.
  • Clothes
  • Blanket & Pillow
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash/Loose Change
  • Box of Tissue/Paper Towels
  • Trash Bag
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Phone/Device chargers (for Iphone/Android) – USB cable.
  • Car charger with several outlets. You can charge several devices at the same time.

BESTEK 3-Socket 200W 12V/24V DC Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter with 6A 4-Port Car USB Splitter Charger

  • Fire starter – Lighters

BIC Multi-purpose Lighter, 2 Pack

  • Flashlight

Anker Super Bright Tactical Flashlight, Rechargeable (18650 Battery Included), Zoomable, IP65 Water-Resistant, 900 Lumens CREE LED, 5 Light Modes for Camping and Hiking, Bolder LC90

  • Swiss Knife/Mulit-Tool

Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Pocket Knife, Red

Leatherman – Wingman Multitool, Stainless Steel (831426)

  • Weather Radio

Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio with Flashlight,Reading Lamp and Cellphone Charger, Yellow

  • Tool Kit

Household Hand Tools, 86 Piece Tool Set With Roll-Up Bag by Stalwart, (Hammer, Wrench Set, Screwdriver Set, Pliers) – Great for the Home or Car

4.  Navigation/Map

  • Buy a map – a real one. Electronics fail sometimes or you may lose signal on your phone or need to reroute somewhere.
  • Get a GPS (if you don’t have one). I’ve had experiences where I drove to places that did not have signal at all or my phone just crashed on me and having a GPS is a lifesaver.

Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator System with Spoken Turn-By-Turn Directions,5 inch display, Lifetime Map Updates, Direct Access, and Speed Limit Displays

5. Other Recommendations

  • Cooler – You’ll need this to keep your drinks cold.

Coleman Xtreme Series Wheeled Cooler, 50 Quart

  • Dash Cam – Not just to record your memories but also important if you get into an accident.

Rexing V1 Car Dash Cam 2.4″ LCD FHD 1080p 170° Wide Angle Dashboard Camera Recorder with G-Sensor, WDR, Loop Recording

Now that I’m done writing this article. I feel like planning my next long road trip. So what are you waiting for?

If you need ideas on places to visit – check out my blog at https://roadsbeltravelled.com/

 

Hiking Essentials for a Hiker Newbie

So you’re new to hiking and everyone else is either doing the half dome in Yosemite, hiking the Appalachian trail, or preparing for the Himalayas.

All you want to do is get over that 1st mile. Add an elevation with a minimum of at least 300 feet and you feel it in your legs. You’re trying to catch your breath and you curse yourself for not staying in the comfort of your home instead.

This hiking business isn’t really as fun as it’s supposed to be. But everyone else makes it look so easy on instagram.

Seriously.

But why do people hike? There are many different reasons – whether it’s the views, getting some exercise or simply being one with nature.

Well, whatever your reason is to start hiking here are a couple of tips to get you started.

1. Find an easy trail (between 1 to 2 miles). It’s a hike, not a marathon. There’s no need to push yourself to the limit on the first couple of hikes. Do some research on the hiking trails in your area. If they have a map on their website, print it out or download it to your smartphone.

2. Once you’ve found the trail always check the weather before you go and dress accordingly. Think more like sporty gear made of synthetic materials that will keep you dry and definitely not denim jeans.

3.  Bring a friend and inform someone where you’ll be hiking. In case of emergency, they’ll know where to find you. It’s always better to hike with someone.

4. Bring a compass.

5. Bring a match or a lighter.

6. Bring food. (Crackers, trailmix, etc.)

7. Bring extra clothing, especially socks, you never know if you need to cross a stream or something. Keeping your feet dry is essential.

8. Bring water with you. Always. At least 1 liter of water per mile. Drink water before you start a hike. Here are a few options for hydration.

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A hydration pack makes it convenient instead of lugging a water bottle.

Or if you prefer water bottle. The bag below has space to carry a water bottle. You could also just put a water bottle in your backpack.

 

9. Wear a baseball cap or UV protecting Sun Hat.

10.  Wear good hiking shoes. If you don’t have one yet running shoes should be more than sufficient especially for easy trails. But if you’re willing to invest in good hiking shoes. I highly recommend Merrell hiking shoes/boots. They are comfortable and the traction is amazing.

                                                                        

11. Bring a first aid kit with you. It’s the outdoors and accidents do happen.

12. Bring a swiss knife. You never know when you’ll need it especially when hiking.

13. Make sure your phone is fully charged before a hike and keep it in low battery mode.

Hopefully, this list helps you in your first couple of hikes that are 1-2 miles in length. Please don’t hesitate to comment below or ask questions. Feel free to share your first hiking experiences as well.

Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs – Why I’m Crazy About It.

I love going to the beach. I just don’t like having to lug around a million things while walking on the sand.

This is the reason I invest in the right beach gears and why I highly recommend the Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs.

 

 

                                                  

What’s not to love about this beach chair?

1. You can easily fold it and wear it like a backpack leaving both your arms/hands free to carry other stuff.

2. It reclines all the way back if you want to take a nap and still avoid the sand.

3. The chair weighs around 8 lbs. which makes it convenient to carry on your back.

4. There is a small storage space on the back of the chair as well as a cellphone/cup holder by the armrest.

5. The chair is pretty low around 6 inches from the ground which I love because I can easily stretch out my legs.

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If you’re interested in purchasing or reading more about it. Please check out the link below from Amazon.

Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair (various colors)

Beach Cart – The Wonders of Big Wheels

Have you ever gone to the beach lugging around all your gears and feeling your back breaking in two?

I mean, you haven’t even reached the sand yet and you’re already tired. Admit it, you need something that makes that trek bearable or at least easier on your lower back,  shoulder and knees? This is where a beach cart or wagon comes in handy. I’ve always wanted a truck with big wheels and since I can’t afford that having a beach cart with big wheels is the next best thing right? I’ve tried those wagons with smaller wheels which was absolutely useless on sand.

So, after doing some major research and reading tons of reviews and trying it out several beach carts. This is what I found and in my humble and amateur opinion –

                                                                             “The Cadillac of Beach Wagons”

This is a foldable wagon and it comes assembled. So it’s convenient and easy to put away when you’re not using it.

There is enough space to put all your gears. Especially when you just want to throw everything in there at the end of a long beachin’ day.

This beach cart contains 3 foldable chairs, 1 beach umbrella, 1 cooler, 2 large tote bags, volleyball, and a Frisbee. You can load up to 150 lbs. on it. So what’s not to love about this handy piece of beach gear?

Okay, now that we got the best part out of the way. There are a few things you should consider before buying this beach wagon.

1. Is it heavy? Yes, it is heavy when folded and you’d have to lift it on or off your trunk. The wheels are plastic and not rubber.

2. Does it really glide on sand? Compared to the wagons with smaller wheels which won’t even roll on sand. This one actually rolls with some effort. So it’s still a workout but I’m short and have a shoulder injury and I still have no problems with it.

3. Is it only for beach use? Definitely not, this can be used on grass and practically anywhere. You can bring it with you to a picnic, camping or a sporting event. It’s just really convenient.

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If you want to read more about it or interested in purchasing one. Please check out the link below.

Merrell Shoes – Hiking Without Boundaries

I used to hike for one reason alone – I’m a complete sucker for breathtaking views. Hiking was never on top of the list of outdoor activities. I’ve heard of Merrell shoes but never thought it was worth spending money on a good set of hiking shoes.

That is until I went to Arches National Park and I was never the same again. How could one see those intricate rock formations and not fall completely in love with it? Unfortunately, one big regret I had was not having the right hiking shoes back then. The grip on my cross trainers wasn’t made to tackle difficult hikes and made exploring limited. I did some extensive research online and went to different shoe stores trying to find the right hiking shoes.

Delicate Arch

Until I found the ONE.

Merrell Women’s Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot


These shoes take hiking in comfort to a different level. Since they are light weight, has arch support and no “breaking in” period. The traction is decent when I did some rock scrambling at Vasquez Rocks, hiked at Monument Valley, Devil’s Chair, Bryce Canyon in the snow, Horseshoe Bend, and Valley of the Gods. I seriously have a monogamous relationship with these shoes. I am obsessed with it.

Exploring Monument Valley with Merrell Shoes
Hiking Devil’s Chair with Merrell Shoes

I highly recommend these shoes for hiking. Check out the link on Amazon below if you’re interested in learning more about it or purchasing one.

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