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We are true warriors of the road, my family and I. I’m pretty sure we’d road trip around the world if it were possible. In previous posts, I covered WHY we do it as well as HOW we do it. But I wanted to elaborate more on some road trip resources we use. Namely, the digital ones. The list of apps/ resources below is not all inclusive of what I might use during a drive, but are definitely the most important. I highly recommend downloading/ purchasing/doing everything on this list, or at least some form of it. So let’s get to it, shall we?
The top 11 apps and resources for a successful road trip are…
I mentioned that audio books were a key piece of our entertainment puzzle in my HOW post, but in particular we use Audible. The selection is by far the largest, the quality is good, and you can download it to your device so service interruptions don’t interrupt story time. You can start an audible subscription, (and cancel anytime) and get a FREE credit.
This is my go-to podcast app. My favorite podcast (True Crime Garage) houses all their old episodes on here which is why I started using it. I kept using it though because of the other content. It’s pretty freakin’ awesome. So if you need a podcast app, check this one out. Their Premium offerings are pretty snazzy too!
AirBnB and Homeaway
Personally, I keep both apps on my phone at all times. It really depends on the city which gives you the best deal! I’m not going to lie, I’m a Homeaway girl more than
This is my hotel app. I refuse to use any others after the superior service I received through booking.com. They are just plain helpful! That and they have rooms everywhere. Need a room in a super remote part of central Idaho? Booking.com has you covered. It’s easy to use, fast, cheap and has outstanding customer service. I highly, highly recommend booking.com.
I know what you’re all thinking here: DUH. But this is an app you should never leave off your phone before a road trip. I know everyone is all sensitive about privacy and whatnot, but turn on ALL THE FEATURES. The real-time traffic updates have saved us HOURS of driving time. Literally. One time on our way home from visiting family it told us to get off the highway and take a random back road. We decided ‘Eh, why not?’ and it turns out there had been a major accident but the road hadn’t been officially shut down yet. It’s THAT good if you let it be!
I mentioned this before in my HOW we do it post, but it’s worth calling out here. This is a little phone looking contraption that uses satellite to provide wifi. It’s not the greatest ever, but it helps in a pinch (Like booking a hotel room in the middle of rural Idaho while having no cell service.) In a world where it feels like the majority of our lives are online, just having this little thing provides peace of mind. Bonus, it works anywhere in the world. And it’s really not all that expensive. It’s also provided YouTube in a pinch to my ridiculous children. See? It saves lives.
Car Insurance App/ Roadside assistance app
I have State Farm Insurance and on their app you can pull up your proof of insurance. Which comes in handy when you get pulled over in Oregon where the speed limit is oddly low and they don’t let you pump your own gas. Not that I would know or anything.
Also, if you have roadside assistance of any kind ( We have AAA) they most likely have an app. So download it! Between the app and the GlocalMe you can request help literally from anywhere.
Sort of like the Googlemaps: DUH. But really, it’s important to know if there are any severe weather threats where you are. It’s not fun driving through a tornado in Mississippi and having no clue how close you came to death until a few days later. Ask me how I know.
This is another one where you turn all the notifications ON. Those rain alerts may bother you, but if you CAN know, why NOT know. Ya know?
Turn on location services in your photo app
While we’re on the topic of turning on notifications and stuff, make sure your in-phone camera and photo app have the location aspect turned on. That way you can remember where each picture was taken!
Share your current location
I know this is an option for iPhones, so I’m sure there’s a way all phones can do it. Or you can download an app like Life365. But, however you do it, share you current location with a trusted family member or friend. Me likey the safety, so I like to let SOMEONE know where we are. That way, if the unthinkable happens, we will be easier to find. Another aspect of ‘we have the technology, so let’s use it!’
I’m going to throw this one in here because I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a safe person to vent to after you’ve been gassed for the 514th time by all the stinky boys in your car. I’m a huge proponent of therapy, and sometimes a road trip can lead to discussions… which can lead to feelings. So bring your therapist!
If you need to learn more about Talkspace you can read what I wrote about it here.
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Are we there yet?
Yes, we are! Those are my top 11 (such a nice round number!) apps and resources for a successful Road Trip! Want EVERYTHING I recommend? check out my kit!