With traveling still looking a little different this year, road trip popularity will probably continue to rise. Road trips can be great because they offer you flexibility with your travel and give you the opportunity to see things you wouldn’t if you were flying to your destination. If you’re traveling with someone, hopefully, you really like each other! That’s probably the most important part! If I’m with someone on a road trip, it’s usually my mother, but I also don’t mind them on my own. Now, what do you need to pack for a road trip? It’s not as simple as just tossing your suitcase in and going. I mean, you could do that, but it won’t be as safe or fun as it would be if you did some planning! So here are over a hundred items you may need with you on your road trip!
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Now, I don’t do many road trips with children, so if you have some, I can tell you that you’ll need a few other things. Since I have no experience with that I’m not really listing anything specifically for children.
You would think these things would be no-brainers and I shouldn’t have to mention them, but you would be surprised at some people!
Obviously, if you’re on a Florida Key’s road trip it’s a little different than driving through Minnesota! During the winter here in Iowa, I usually have a good amount of these items in my car even when I’m just driving the 30 minutes to my mom’s house. It can get cold here and I would hate to be stuck along the highway without some of these things!
Things for when you make a stop on your road trip.
Febreeze – Because it can get stinky if you’re in there for a while!
Picnic blanket – Just in case you want to stop and enjoy your lunch outside in a park.
Umbrella – If you need to run into the gas station or a restaurant you don’t want to get soaked.
Sunshade – For when you’re parked so that your car doesn’t get stupid hot and you burn your legs on your chair when you get back in.
Trash container – Something designated for your trash so it doesn’t end up everywhere.
Paper towels – In case you spill your soda or to use while you’re eating.
Wet wipes – These are so helpful to clean up after eating. Nowadays having disinfectant wipes is a must! I have individually wrapped ones that are always in my purse and car!
Toilet Paper – Just in case the rest stop you visit doesn’t have any, or you have to make an emergency stop in the woods.
First Aid – I’m a little crazy when it comes to these things so I wrote a whole post about this!
Navigation – Either in your car or on your phone. And make sure you have your destination information!
Waze – This app helps greatly with traffic! We use it mostly in/around cities.
Cooler – I like to use a soft-sided cooler because there’s just more flexibility with it. When it comes to keeping it cold, I like to use ice packs instead of loose ice, and if something needs to stay more frozen, put it in the cooler first, and then put the ice on top of it before putting any other items in it.
Utensils – It’s always good to have some basic utensils with you. But then don’t forget special items. If you brought a bottle of wine for at night, don’t forget that corkscrew!
Caffeine – Whatever it is you drink make sure you’ve got enough of it!
You need some delicious snacks for your road trip!
Obviously, you should pack whatever you would like to eat! Just make sure you’ve got some things with substance! This is just an idea of some of the things that I might take with me on a road trip.
Peanut butter/cheddar crackers
Peanut butter cups
Sandwich supplies – cheese, turkey, ham
This is kind of an extensive list of road trip essentials, I realize that. The majority of the things don’t take up too much space though, and you’ll customize it according to your own needs and the trip. So what are some of your road trip essentials?
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