This a compact version. Here is the same checklist with pictures and descriptions
Before the trip
Install these useful apps
Get access to the charging networks
- Sign up for the charging networks
- Download their apps on your phone
- Setup a payment method (credit card) for each service
- Do a test charge near you, to make sure the charging process works. (Do this before heading out on the trip)
- Here are the popular charging networks
- Portable tire inflator: (here is one). As most EVs don’t come with a spare tire. So an inflator is handy when you get a flat
- Roadside emergency kit (here is one)
- Flashlight (like this) / headlamp (like this)
- Blanket: take a cozy nap while charging 🙂
- Paper towels and wet wipes: handy for cleaning up after eating In-N-Out animal style 🙂
Road trip involves lots of electronics (phones, tablets, laptops) and charging
You don’t need to be stuck in a car while charging.
Have a picnic, throw a frisbee 🙂
- A throw / blanket for picnic
- A picnic basket with goodies
- Ball / Frisbee
EV Charging Accessories
For most road trips you can rely on public chargers. How ever there are certain times, you may need to carry your own charger.
- If you are going camping most camp grounds and RV parks will have electrical hookups.
- Staying at an AirBNB or a friend’s place that doesn’t have an EV charger
So what do you need?
- A portable L2 charger (here are a few)
- TT-30 adapter (for RV parks with 30amp circuits) (example)
- A dryer outlet adapter (for houses with non NEMA 14-50 dryer outlets) (example)
- A L3 charger (stock charger). These charge very slowly, may be adding 30-40 miles per overnight. But better than nothing 🙂
- A good weather mat: Protect your car interior from dirt/mud (example)