Roadtrips are by far my favorite way to travel. You can take in all the sights at your own pace. And stop wherever you want to. Or just stay one day longer. We barely ever travel with a set plan. Which makes roadtrips the perfect way for us to travel, because you don´t have to keep to a set schedule. I especially love to combine roadtrips with camping.
So what are our 5 roadtrip essentials?
1. Good music
We absolutely love music and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don´t listen to some of our favorite artist while at home. So what better way to start a roadtrip, then with some of our favorite artists. That is why music is essential to us for a good roadtrip. We will always bring our ipod and a bunch of cd´s.
Especially driving through France, it is a good thing to bring your own music. Unless you want to listen to French radio all day. It might be a good idea though if you want to learn French.
Whenever we go on a roadtrip, I make sure to keep some food handy. You never know when you might get stuck in a traffic jam or just want to eat something. So we always bring a lot of food.
3. A map
Even though we all have 4G internet on our cell phones these days and navigation, we always make sure to bring a map on a roadtrip, especially going to remote places you might run out of a signal.
4. Your camera
As a photographer I obviously always bring my camera everywhere, so I will also bring it along on a roadtrip.
5. Comfortable clothes/blankets/pillows
When I will be in a car for a while I always make sure to wear comfortable clothes, like a sweatshirt and leggings. Nothing worse then being stuck in a car for hours and not being comfortable.
We also always bring blankets and pillows. We always start driving in the middle of the night, so I will sleep in the car for a while. So we can switch places driving.
What are your roadtrip essentials?
As an amateur photographer I always wonder what is in someone elses camera bag. So I decided to share what is in my camera bag.
Last year I traded up my camera from a Nikon D40 to a Nikon D7200. A descission I haven’t regretted yet.
I bought my camera in a kit with a lense, an 18-140mm, which I love when I travel, because it gives me the flexibility of switching between a landscape an a zoom lens in a second. A couple of months after this lens I also bought a 50 mm lens. Which I love for the small size and the lofh, which makes it an ideal lens to carry around.
I also carry around a tripod, a couple of filters and always an extra battery. I got the extra battery as soon as I went out to shoot and the sunset was amazing, but I left my battery in my charger at home. So the day after I went and bought an extra battery.
I also carry two SD cards with me, because you never know.
What is in your camera bag?
Over the last few years we haven’t gone on any long distance trips. And you know what? That is okay too. You don’t always have to fly halfway across the world to see the most incredible sights. There are so many incredible sights in our own backyard, as long as we are willing to see those places.
The last two years, we have traveled through Europe, mainly because it wouldn’t be a good idea to fly halfway across the world after a one week hospital stay in Sweden in 2015 and a lot of hospital visits for the past two and a half years.
For the last couple of months we have been talking about taking our first long haul flight again. There are some destinations we can’t go due to vaccinations. Some vaccinations can be dangerous in combination with certain medicine, so always make sure to check with your doctor before getting any vacinations.
But after traveling in Europe for the past two years I realised we have everything we could want at a driving distance. There is France and Spain with beaches and mountains. Luxemburg and Germany with forests and all those other beautiful countries.
And in 2016 I completly fell in love with Italy, I mean the food is heaven and they have everything you need. They have beaches, old cities and mountains. It is such a versatile country. I can’t wait to go back there.
My other love in Europe is Basque Country. Which isn’t crowded with tourists yet and has so many outdoor options. I hope it won’t get overflown with tourist due to Game of Thrones, which has some film locations there, check out my blog about one of the film locations here Game of Thrones series part 1
. If I would move within Europe, I am pretty sure it would be to Basque Country. I mean the food, the people and the area are all just amazing.
I am sure we will make long distance trips again in the near future, but we certainly won’t forget what we already have close to home. If you want to travel on a budget it is always a good option to stay closer to home.
Do you always fly halfway across the world or do you combine it with traveling closer to home?