What To Bring When You Are Driving The Pacific Highway

Post originally published on Jan Gleisner’s website.

Imagine yourself driving alongside immense mountains, past picturesque coastal views, amidst lovely seaside villages, and through seemingly endless farmland, all with the warmth of the sun on your face and, if you’re more daring, the wind in your hair. Sound like an adventure that’s too good to be true?

If you’ve never heard of the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s time that you get acclimated. It has been noted as one of the most scenic drives in the world, and for good reason. Just shy of 150 miles long, the Pacific Coast Highway takes you on an exhilarating, twisting, cliff-hugging drive with the Pacific Ocean right at your side. If you’re planning on taking this excursion, here are a few things you should bring along to guarantee you’ll have the most profound experience:

A Convertible (If Possible)

If you own or have access to a convertible, you can enjoy this scenic drive with the top down. With the salty wind blowing through your hair, you will have more of a view than you would out a normal window. While a convertible may give you more of a glimpse of the coast, it isn’t necessary. Because of the sharp turns and narrow roads, smaller cars are highly recommended, but you will be able to take in the beauty in whatever car you have.

A Camera

This may seem obvious, but it’s a crucial item not to forget at home. Of course, no photograph will ever be a substitute for the real thing, but these are mementos that you can keep forever as a reminder of your trip — and for sharing your experience with friends and family.

A Pair Of Binoculars

There are a lot of areas on this trip where binoculars may be beneficial. Keep your eyes to the water and look for any whale or sea lion sightings, as well as any additional wildlife that could make an appearance. Because some areas are not accessible, this would be the best way to see up close from a distance.

A Variety Of Different Clothing

Take an occasional break from driving and give yourself time to physically explore the scenery. Bring a bathing suit to soak in some sunshine and go for a swim, bring a pair of hiking shoes to do a little off-the-beaten path wandering, and bring along some additional layers for the constant fluctuation in weather.

A Map

While there are a significant number of activities you will stumble upon along the drive, you can even plan for a few lesser-known detours as well. A map will highlight some of the spots you may not have known about and it will also come in handy when cell service is spotty.

Plan for one of the most beautiful road trips you will ever take by coming prepared! While you are going to want to document your trip either through photographs or through journaling, just remember to be present in the moment as well.