Hari Raya is right around the corner. You can already smell your mother’s heavenly cooking, fantasize about catching up with your favourite cousins and donning your latest festive Raya outfits. It’s time to balik kampung!
You and your partner/brother/sister/cat will be embarking on the long road trip back home instead of taking the bus or plane. But it’s not as simple as packing your bags and driving off into the sunset! Some preparations are in order for you to survive the long drive and to prevent any unwanted mishaps. We’ve rounded up the top ten essentials you need to survive your balik kampung journey.
1. Navigation apps
We’re sure you know your way back home. But in case of traffic, you might want to have some navigation apps on your phone to find alternative routes, rather than winging it, getting lost or getting caught in speed traps. Download Google Maps or Waze before your trip. You should also consider bringing a physical map, just in case the worst case scenario happens and you run out of data.
Driving under the hot sun will take a toll on your skin, so sunscreen is a must! We like Clinique’s Sun SPF50 Sunscreen Face Cream.
3. Toll ahead
Don’t forget to top up your Touch ‘n Go, RFID or smart tag!
As Star Lord/Peter Quill so wisely says, no trip is complete without an awesome playlist. Prepare your playlist ahead or consider downloading some interesting podcasts. A push of a button is all you need to keep the long drive entertaining.
5. Face mist
Sitting in front of the car aircon for hours will definitely dry out your skin. Face mists are a great way to freshen and moisturise your skin during the long journey. Perk yourself up with the popular Mario Badescu Facial Spray.
6. Juice up!
Make sure your phone is fully charged at all times so you have access to information and entertainment, by bringing a car charger and a powerbank.
7. Lip balm
Just like your skin, your lips can easily dry out during your balik kampung journey. The Laneige Lip Glowy Balm will drench your lips with some much needed hydration.
Growling tummies make for hangry passengers and drivers. So pack yourself some healthy, easy to munch on snacks, such as the bestselling Amazin’ Graze Banana Bread Granola.
9. Hand cream
Your hands and nails will become dry and sensitive from the friction of the steering wheel and the blasting aircon, so moisturise it with some hand cream to keep them soft and supple. We like the Clarins’ Hand and Nail Treatment Cream.
10. Basic first aid supplies
Have a small pouch with pain killers, plasters, insect repellent, diarrhea pills, antiseptic ointment, antihistamines and antacids. You’ll never know if you need it or if you can find it at a rest stop on the way.