Are you planning a Spanish road trip? Aching to spend a week or two driving around this country of contrasts? Then this article might come in handy and help you discover some useful tips that will make your trip comfortable. We’re going to chat about a car trip – perhaps, one of the most best ways to fully appreciate this vast and exciting country. So what should you take with you to enjoy your journey?
Something to give you peace of mind
No matter what transport you choose for travelling, you can face unforeseen circumstances at any moment. As my Father in law likes to say, “You can’t foresee the unforeseen”. Actually he says a lot of stuff but I digress. Going back to a road trip, perhaps, the most frequent type of “unforeseen” is a flat tyre. That’s why a tyre inflator and a couple of spare wheels are must-have items to put in your boot. One more irreplaceable device that should be at hand during a short- or long-distance car trip is a car battery charger. How many of us have parked up at a beach and left the radio on for sound? Or left the aircon on whilst at a standstill? Thanks to this very device, your trip won’t end until you reach your desired destination point.
Something to navigate your Spanish road trip with
Of course, we are talking about a good car GPS tracker. The days of paper maps are long gone for most of us – with smart phones and devices all providing access to great apps which can help you get from A to B without too much trouble. Whether you’re an experienced car driver and have been abroad dozens of times or if this is the first trip you’re going to take, this type of gadget will be extremely helpful. Modern GPS navigators are equipped with thousands of routes all over the world, and with such a smart device at hand, travelling even in unknown areas turn into fun and enjoyable trips… removing a layer of stress you could really do without. On a related note, have a look at our “tongue in cheek” article regarding driving in Spain. Seriously though, driving here is pretty easy – when going from city to city on the main roads anyway. Do please go careful while navigating your way around the mountain passes!
Something to make your trip more comfortable
Travelling long distances on your Spanish road trip means that you might have to drive at night. That’s why night driving glasses can really useful. Not only can they improve the vision of the road during the night but also help you drive safely in cloudy, foggy, or rainy weather. Yes Spain gets weather like that too!
And if you feel tired after hours of driving, one of the available car massagers on the market can become a real boon. Make a stop, turn your massager on for a while, and let your back and neck relax. Just 10-15 minutes of massage and maybe after necking a cup of invigorating coffee will ensure you’ll be able to continue your car trip refreshed. Failing that – give the snoring spouse a kick and get get them to take their turn.
Something for you “personally”
Although hotels offer a great range of services and products often including free bathrobes, slippers, shampoos and soap bars, you still might want to take some personal things you can rely on. You know the type – those favourite products that you just can’t travel without. Some of these are hair care tools and cosmetics that fit your very hair or skin type. Remember that if you travel to the coastal regions of Spain like Barcelona, Valencia, or Gijon, your hair might not be ready for warm yet humid climate. But with a powerful travel hair dryer at hand, you can be sure you look gorgeous even at the seaside. Wash, dry, look gorgeous, go!
The same goes for facial care, especially if you travel in winter or summer since facial skin becomes extremely sensitive during these seasons. Take your best facial cleanser, cream, scrub, and brush to provide proper care. Of course – never ever forget your sun cream! You can burn even on cloudy days here in Spain. Don’t risk it.
So what else…?
Those are only some of the things you might need during your Spanish road trip, or indeed any other country.
What are the must-have items you can’t imagine your travel without? Pop them in the comments below and have a safe trip.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.