Road Trip Essentials

Road tripping across country with your family or friends can be a blast… or a nightmare. Depends on how you prepare! Make sure if you’re stuck in a car for 8+ hours you don’t forgot to pack essentials such as headphones or a pillow. Get ready ahead of time and use a handy list to make sure you have everything you need. 

There’s also a printable Road trip Essentials Packing List at the bottom of this post. Check it out to make sure you pack everything you need on your next trip.


To Pack Essentials:

  • Pillow/ Neck pillow
  • Sleeping mask
  • Blanket
  • Socks
  • Sleeping mask
  • Headphones/ Music
  • Books/ Magazines
  • Word search books/ Crossword puzzles 
  • Roadmap/ GPS/ Directions
  • Medical Kit
  • Tylenol/ Advil
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • Phone/ Charger/ Converters
  • Wet wipes/  Kleenex
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer


What to Wear:

Comfy clothes are a must during a road trip. If you’re sitting around all day you want to be able to stretch your legs every once in a while and jeans will not do.

  • Yoga/ Track Pants or Shorts
  • T-shirt/ Tank top
  • Sweater
  • Light Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Pashmina scarf (can be used as a blanket)
  • Hair elastics/ bands
  • Hat


Grab a collapsible cooler and pack it with lots of snacks and easy to reach foods. You should aim for nutrient dense healthy foods since you’ll be stuck in a car all day. Feel your best by sticking to fresh foods.

  • Fruit and Veggies
  • Sandwiches (cheese, peanut butter, jam, nutella)
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Strips
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts/ Seeds
  • Muffins
  • Crackers/ Pretzels/ Chips
  • Dips (hummus, ranch, salsa)
  • Yogurt
  • Water
  • Energy Drinks


Keep in mind: 

  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Napkins

To Pass the Time:

  • Card Games
  • Board Games
  • Doodling/ Colouring/ Drawing
  • Smartphone Games
  • Portable Gaming system
  • Audiobooks
  • Interactive Car Games (i-Spy)
  • Movies
  • Nap
  • Meditate 
  • Travel Journal/ Camera

Try to make the most on your adventure and talk to those around you or catalogue your journey. Good luck! Click HERE for a printable Road Trip Packing List for your next vacation!

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