Summer is the perfect time to knock items off your bucket list – including that road trip you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you’re a total newbie or a road-trip pro, there’s nothing quite like getting out of town in the summer months.
Wherever your final destination is, you’ll want to start with a handy packing list. At Hampton Farms, we want your summer road trips to be one for the books, so be sure to toss these items in the car before you hit the open road.
Summer Road Trip Essentials
The most essential ingredient for a top-tier road trip is the best snacks. Peanuts are a wonderfully versatile snack to bring with you from coast to coast, and Hampton Farms peanuts are America’s #1 brand. If you want an easy meal on the go, don’t forget to pack utensils to make a peanut butter sandwich in the car.
Make sure to bring along a reusable water bottle to protect the planet and quench your thirst from delicious — and salty — peanuts. To keep other beverages extra refreshing, pack a cooler for your travels. And if you’re worried about your drinks fitting in your cup holders, purchase a cup holder expander before you set out.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Summer brings so many adventures, so you should always be prepared for the unexpected. A first-aid kit, sunscreen and bug spray are essential to taking care of yourself. Throw in some hand sanitizer to wash your hands before a snack and you're good to go.
If you have trouble with car sickness, don’t let it ruin your road trip fun. Pack anti-nausea wristbands to help, or try medication or peppermint essential oil for a natural remedy.
Don’t Lose Connection
In the age of technology, it's important to remember gadgets that help you capture the moment and keep you safe on the road. Kick it old-school by bringing a disposable or Polaroid camera. And don’t forget a phone tripod to set up a photo-op for the whole family. No one should be left out of the picture!
To make sure your phone is charged and out of the way, pack a portable charger and phone mount to see your directions clearly. Finally, don’t forget a Bluetooth speaker to keep your perfectly curated road trip playlist on, even outside of the car.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Depending on your destination, a road trip can mean a lot of hours on the road. For sleepy passengers, make sure to pack the nap time essentials. We suggest not only a lightweight blanket and neck pillow, but a window shade to keep the sun out of your eyes when it's time to rest.
For a clean and organized car, invest in some car seat hooks that connect to the back of your headrest. This allows for space to stretch out and pack everything you need. Hang a trash bag and a recycling bag on these hooks to keep waste out of the way and save recyclable items for proper disposal.
Make Time Fly
Avoid boredom both in and out of the car. Pack a deck of cards to bring out everyone’s competitive spirit, or put together a list of trivia questions to get to know your fellow travelers better.
Pack Spikeball or cornhole for easy setup and take down at any destination. And while you’re at it, why not get creative with your seating too? Instead of regular folding chairs, pack a portable hammock for a spot amongst the birds.
Hampton Farms has been the leading supplier of the freshest, best quality peanuts from seed to shelf since 1917. Our business is family-owned and operated, and we are committed to producing the finest nut-based snacks and services with integrity, honesty and the pride of American farmers. If you're looking for a locally grown, nutritious and delicious snack, purchase some Hampton Farms nuts today!