By packing essential road trip items, travellers can turn a boring trip to a fantastic one in seconds. Picture: Make My Trip.

Travelling long distances can take a toll on both the driver and his/her passengers, but it should not be this way. By packing essential road trip items, travellers can turn a boring trip to a fantastic one in seconds.

The essentials include:

A route map

Go the traditional route and carry a map or a printed copy of the directions to your destination. It will come in handy when you are in an area with poor connection and your gps does not work.

Snacks

No long drive is complete without a packed meal and snacks. Whether it's a chocolate indulgence or some sandwiches, having snacks in the car can keep everyone stomachs happy.

Set a playlist and let everyone chip in on the song selection

If there is anything that can get anyone excited and mad at the same time, it’s music. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to music and satisfying this is essential when creating a playlist. Try to add music that will make you sing and dance.

Gum

Gum may sound unusual on this list, but it helps with concentration. Select a good flavour and ‘chew your way’ to your destination.

Headphones

Being in the car with a few people for a long period of time can be torturous. Headphones can help you get some peace and quiet from all the family conversation and fun.

Create some fun games

A few games can go along way to enhance the travel experience and help connect with loved ones. Remember to choose games that will allow the driver to participate while he/she  keep their eyes on the road.

Wet wipes and hand sanitizer

It is always a good idea to carry wet wipes and hand sanitizer to refresh yourself on the journey. You may never know when an accident, like spilling your food, can happen.