If you’re anything like us, you’ll love a road trip, and what better time of the year to go road-tripping than the summer? Sun in the sky, gentle breeze in the air, roads to explore. At least, that’s what we hope for, but the British summer can be a bit unpredictable…
To make your next road trip as fun [and safe] as it can be, you’re going to need a few trusty companions. From an emergency jacket, to some extra luggage capacity, to add-ons that make your vehicle of choice ready for exploring, we’ve rounded some of the must-haves for your British summer road trip.
For when you need to carry more…
Depending on the size of your car, and how many people you want to take with you on your road trip, you might just need some extra luggage capacity. The obvious solution? Make use of the roof to increase how much stuff you can carry.
Whatever you drive [convertibles aside, for obvious reasons], there will be a roof rack system available from your vehicle’s manufacturer. Audi, for example, offer a range of stylish and aerodynamic roof rack systems, and this particular solution for the Q5 lets you add a substantial roof box, bike rack, and even ski and snowboard rack if your road trip is taking you somewhere cold.
For when two wheels are better than four…
Did someone mention bikes? For ultimate cool points, there’s only one correct choice when it comes to two-wheeled transport.
This Porsche bicycle is perfect for on and off-road exploring, with full disc brakes, and a front suspension set-up to absorb some of the rougher trails you might find.
The best part? You don’t even need to own a Porsche! Just get in touch with your local JCT600 Porsche Centre, speak to a member of the team, and they’ll be able to give you the latest prices on this piece of ultra-cool automotive merchandise.
For when you need to stay cool…
If the weather turns out like you hope, you’re going to need something to help keep your food and drinks cool on your long journey. Say hello to this incredibly cool coolbox from Mercedes-Benz, complete with 24 litres of capacity and loads of handy external pockets for any other bits and bobs that might come in handy.
It can be powered by a standard in-car 12-volt socket and can cool all the way down to -2 degrees Celsius. The perfect way to keep drinks cool, and you even cooler.
For when you need an extra pair of eyes…
Road-tripping is meant to be fun, and 99% of the time, it absolutely is. But if you’re the driver, it can be a tiring exercise too, which is why it’s good to have a second point of view as you go.
This super-smart Nextbase 522GW dashcam system is available from your local Volkswagen Van Centre, but with the help of the expert workshop team on-site, it’ll fit any vehicle.
It can record at an impressively-high res 1440p and has a 3-inch HD touch screen. Plus, with Nextbase’s excellent Emergency Response tech, it can even alert the emergency services if it detects you’ve had an accident. Oh, and it was named HonestJohn’s Dash Camera of the Year for 2019, so we know it’s a safe recommendation.
For when you want to bring your furry friend along…
Can’t bear to leave your furry four-legged friend behind? Treat them to an adventure they’ll never forget and take them along on your road trip!
SEAT make it super easy for you too, with their impressive Pet Pack – an easy add-on that includes a cargo guard, protective seat covers, and a luggage liner too, to make cleaning an absolute breeze.
For when you need an extra layer…
We know, we feel your pain. British summertime can be unpredictable at the best of times, which is why it pays to be prepared, even when the forecast might have you believe it’s blue skies and sunshine from now until October.
Layer up with this stylish number from the Mitsubishi catalogue – a soft shell that will keep you warm when I’s cold, keep you dry when there’s drizzle in the air, and keep you looking good when it matters most. It’s available for him and for her too!
For when you need to explore…
If you’re lucky enough to have already got your hands on a new Land Rover Defender, and you’re thinking about a road trip this summer, then you’re going to want to look into Land Rover’s Explorer Pack.
It isn’t cheap, but it includes add-ons like an expedition roof rack, exterior side-mounted gear carrier, raised air intake, and other visual tweaks like bonnet decal. With the Explorer Pack added to your Defender, there’s not a lot that will stand in your way of a truly memorable summer road trip!
Talk to JCT600 Land Rover about adding the Explorer Pack – or any of Land Rover’s other packs – to your new Defender today!
Can’t see exactly what you’re looking for? Get in touch with our Parts Teams in any of our 48 dealerships covering 22 of the world’s greatest manufacturers. They’ll be delighted to help you find the right accessory for your next journey.