A summer road trip is one of the best of spending quality time with your family and friends. Whether you are driving to the mesmerizing heights of Jebel Hafeet, the sandy dunes of Liwa, or the stunning coastal views of the Musandam Peninsula, a road trip gives you plenty of opportunities to create some amazing memories. While planning your itinerary, however, there are certain items that you should carry to ensure that your road trip goes as smoothly as possible. Here is a list of the top 7 summer essentials that you should carry for your perfect road trip in the UAE.

1. Sustenance

The need to carry some food usually goes without saying, but we still believe it should be a part of this list. Undoubtedly you will find plenty of pit stops and restaurants along the highways while driving in the UAE, but you can never predict when someone would start feeling hungry. Carry things like snack bars, cookies, sandwiches, bottles of water and other refreshments just in case.

2. First Aid Kit

Keep a pre-bought or self-assembled first aid kit in your car at all times. Irrespective of the length of the journey, it is always a good idea to keep some first aid essentials in your car.

3. Re-Usable Bags

Re-usable bags often come in handy during road trips. One of the main reasons is for trash. As you won’t be able to stop frequently at every trash can, keep a re-usable shopping bag as the designated trash bag. In addition to this, re-usable bags can also be useful for storing any extra items or souvenirs that you may buy along the way.

4. Phone Essentials

Driving while on the phone is highly dangerous, but so is having it fall all over the dashboard and on the car floor while you are driving. If your phone cannot be synced to your car’s entertainment system, then investing in a phone mount is the next best option. Be sure to carry car adapted phone chargers too.

5. Car Emergency Kit

While roadside car assistance is readily available in the UAE, for those situations when help is not nearby, you should carry a car emergency kit. This kit should include items such as a spare tire, tire jack, flashlight, and jumper cables. It would also be a good idea to learn how to change tires and jump start a car before you set off on the road trip in case you don’t know how to.

6. Entertainment

Entertainment is the perfect option for adding some extra fun to your road trip. Make a fun playlist of everyone’s favourite music before your start out. You could even play some fun driving games as you go along. In case you are traveling with children, be sure to carry some activity books and or a tablet to keep them from getting cranky and stay occupied.

7. Luggage

If you are going on a road trip that will last you a few days, then your luggage needs to be planned accordingly. Depending on the size of your car and the number of passengers, see whether your luggage and the passengers can fit inside the car comfortably. Avoid carrying overly large suitcases and instead pack smaller ones. You could also invest in a luggage rack to free up the interiors of the car.

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya Dubai Airport Terminal 1 Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Dubai Motor City Dubai Festival City Abu Dhabi Airport Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi Al Reem, Abu Dhabi Al Reef, Abu Dhabi Sharjah Airport Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Dubai Head Office, Al Rashidiya

Address

Um Ramool, Rashidiya,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2060206

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 09:00-22:00

Dubai Airport Terminal 1

Address

Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2245222

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Airport Terminal 3

Address

Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall, Dubai International Airport,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 2203013

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Dubai Motor City

Address

Shop 8, Ground Floor, Foxhill 8, Motor City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 4273200

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-20:00 Saturday; Closed

Dubai Festival City

Address

InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City,
Dubai ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 4 7011239

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 08:00-17:00 Saturday; Closed

Abu Dhabi Airport

Address

4th Level, Sky Plaza Park, Abu Dhabi Airport,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 5998939

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 24 hours

Etihad Plaza, Abu Dhabi

Address

Etihad Plaza, Al Raha, Etihad Village,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 55 69130

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reem, Abu Dhabi

Address

Marina Square, Al Reem Island,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 6320494

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Al Reef, Abu Dhabi

Address

Al Reef Downtown, ,
Abu Dhabi ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 2 645 8488

Opening Hours

Sunday-Friday; 09:00-18:00 Saturday; Closed

Sharjah Airport

Address

Inside Arrivals Terminal, Kiosk 2, Outside baggage claim area, Sharjah Airport,
Sharjah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 6 5528290

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 08:00-20:00

Al Hamra Mall, RAK

Address

Unit 52, First Floor, Al Hamra Mall, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Salem Rd,
Ras Al Khaimah ,
United Arab Emirates 36800

Phone

971 7 2434386

Opening Hours

Monday-Sunday; 10:00-21:00

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