UK Road Trip Essentials

While the UK may not have the best weather, it is somewhere with stunning regions and areas which makes it a great place for a road trip. There is nothing quite like hitting the open road and exploring breathtaking areas like the Lake District, the Peak District, Cornwall, Scotland, Snowdonia and everywhere in between, but you also need to make sure that you have a few essentials in order for a successful road trip.

Tools & Breakdown Cover

Ideally, you won’t have to make use of these, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, you must have tools that could help you if you breakdown. This should include a spare tyre, just in case you get a puncture on your travels. If you don’t already have one, you can easily buy cheap tyres online. A road trip can take its toll on car tyres and the more miles you drive, the greater the risk. Additionally, it is a good idea to have breakdown cover in place before you set off as you will want support if you end up breaking down in the middle of nowhere.

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Phones & Charging Equipment

Leading on from this, if you do encounter an issue with the car and get stranded, then you will want to be able to call your breakdown provider and notify others. This is why you need to make sure that your phone is in good condition as well as have charging equipment that you can use. Many people use their phone for navigation which can drain the battery, so having charging equipment will be particularly important if you are going to use your phone all day.

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First-Aid Kit

It is always a good idea to have a first-aid kit in the car in case you have an accident or hurt yourself, but particularly when you are on a road trip because you could be far from medical care.

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Shoes & Clothing For All Weather

The weather can be unpredictable in the UK and potentially extreme in many of the areas mentioned earlier, which is why you need to have clothes and shoes for all weather possibilities, even if you are travelling in the middle of summer. If you plan on getting out and hiking at all, then sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing will be important.


Finally, you will need to have a few items to keep you entertained while on the road. Music, podcasts and books can all be great ways to pass the time, but you can also play games or have interesting conversations too.

The UK is perfect for a road trip, but in order to get the most out of the experience and to stay safe, you will need to consider the above. Planning and preparation is key to a successful road trip and focusing on the above areas should ensure that you are well prepared for a fun, rewarding and memorable trip.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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