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.