The next time you head out on the road, don’t leave without these essential items…
There’s so much to plan when you decide on hitting up a road trip, it can be easy to forget even the simplest of things. Before you leave without your helmet on, take a look at this list of slightly out-of-the-box ideas that will make your road trip that much smoother:
Noise Cancelling Ear Plugs
Hours of driving on the road can be tiring on your ears. The deafening roar of the traffic and the road beneath your wheels may well be part of the joy of taking a road trip, but drive for long enough and you won’t be able to hear anything once you take off your helmet. Don’t submit yourself to undue deafening, be kind to your ears!
Originally designed for use by musicians and concert goers, this pair of relatively inexpensive earplugs do a great job of filtering out the background noise of traffic, whilst leaving you with enough fidelity to listen out for any engine issues or a call coming through on your phone.
Of course, you’re not even going to be able to hear your phone ring (let alone answer it!) without the help of a Bluetooth Headset. Although many bikers have sworn against these kinds of gadgets, claiming that they defeat the point of getting out on the open road; for a younger generation, they’re a must-have gadget.
Although this slim-line gadget may well come with a hefty price tag, this really is an essential purchase and it’s bound to improve your trip tenfold. Easily communicate with other riders, talk to your phone and control your Sat-Nav using this one simple piece of equipment.
Mobile Battery Pack
You’re not going to be able to use your fancy new headset for very long without an easy, effective method of charging your phone. Although there are a few options for charging electrical goods on the move (more on that later), a good-sized mobile battery pack is something that you have to consider when undertaking a long distance road trip.
The best ones hold enough power for 6 full charges and charge in just an hour or so. With battery packs it’s another case of ‘you get what you pay for’, there are budget products which you can buy at your peril – but this is far and away the most efficient option.
DC/DC Power Converter
There’s a reason why the mobile battery pack (above) may not be the one solution to your power needs. After all to charge the aforementioned pack you are still going to need a decent power source, which will most likely be found at a hotel or service station – not ideal if you want to keep on the move. Alternatively, you can look into investing into a something a bit smarter.
You may need to shop around for the right one, but once you’ve found the ideal DC/DC Power Converter for your ride, you can rig up your bike to charge a battery pack (and any other appliances like laptops or cameras) whilst you’re on the move.
Yes, I know we’ve now got better 4G coverage than ever. With your mobile battery pack, power converter and headset; you’re more than prepared to face the open road in any civilised continent and purposefully drive anywhere, as if you’ve ridden every road in the world. But what happens when the signal drops?
A physical road map may take up precious space and feel archaic in today’s modern age, but you will be so glad to have one when you need it. They work just like the digital versions, although the zoom-in function has to be done manually with…your hands.
Lastly, comes the least glamorous of all these items. It’s a problem that has faced every long-distance rider at one point or another, but is usually something to be ignored rather than treated immediately. If you’re taking a long trip out on some dusty roads, your visor will get dirty – continue to ride and you risk impairing your vision – endangering yourself and other road users.
There are plenty of decent options on the market but the guys at Muc Off have kind of cornered the market on bespoke cleaning goods. Their 250ml bottle is a good option for a long road trip and should cover the needs of a small group of bikers, there’s a smaller 30ml option for solo riders.…