Planning a road trip? Don’t forget these essentials.
If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we loooove road trips! :) Today I’m participating in a blog hop (details below) and sharing what I put in my perfect road trip bag. I like to travel light and pack as minimal as possible, but these are my road trip essentials.
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Last Updated: September 1, 2023
All My ROad Trip Essentials
- Bag / Day Pack – this one is super lightweight and holds everything I need.
- Kindle – I still have this one with the keyboard, but we’re giving away kindle fires! :)
- iPhone – Can’t go anywhere without it. Do yourself a favor and get the Mobile system by Peak Design. I love using the wallet, car vent mount, and mobile creator kit.
- Spotify Premium – I activate it on months we’ll be doing more than 2 road trips.
- Water Bottle – Been using this 32 oz insulated bottle or this, which folds up nicely or lays flat in a side pocket.
- Camera – I always bring my R5 with a wide and long lens.
- Hand Sanitizer – We leave a bottle in our car so we can wash our hands anytime we need.
- Sunscreen – It’s important to wear when you’re sitting in the car for a long time. The sun still hits you!
- Sunhat – I use either this (better for hiking) or this (for everything else).
- Sunglasses – I like these because they’re my day-to-day glasses but have a magnetic add on for sunglasses!
- Seat Wrap and Transition Towel – This thing is part seat wrap, part changing towel, and I’ve used it as a blanket.
- Snacks – our full post on our favorite road trip snacks.
- Simplified Make up Bag – writing a separate post later on minimizing my daily routine!
- Travel John – Sometimes bathrooms are hard to find. I stash a few of these in the car for those emergencies when I have to pee but can’t find a place to do it.
- Road Atlas – We typically rely on our phones, but we like having a physical map just in case we don’t have service.
More Road Trip Essentials
- Laptop – For longer trips where we have to work on photos and write blog posts.
- Portable Air Compressor – In case you need to inflate your tires. It takes the stress out of finding a place to do that.
- Car Emergency Kit – You never plan for something bad to happen but it’s good to be prepared.
- First Aid Kit – We always have one handy in the car.
- Head Lamp – Good to have after it gets dark.
- Leatherman – It’s nice to have a knife and tools in case you need it.
- Cooler – Especially for warmer destinations.
- Additional Rooftop Storage – If you plan on bringing a lot of stuff or sleeping in the car.
- Sunshades – Helps keep the car cooler.
- Rocky Talkies – If you are caravaning, this is a great way to keep in touch with other cars without worrying about cell service.
Tips for Road Tripping
- Plan your route. This will help you avoid traffic jams and make the most of your time. Use a map or GPS to get a general idea of the route you want to take, and then research specific points of interest along the way. This will help you make stops that are interesting and enjoyable for everyone in the car.
- Pack snacks and drinks. This will help you save money and avoid unhealthy food choices on the road. Pack a variety of snacks that everyone will enjoy, such as fruits, vegetables, crackers, and granola bars. And don’t forget to pack plenty of water!
- Take breaks often. This will help you avoid fatigue and accidents. Get out of the car and stretch your legs every two hours or so. And if you’re driving for more than six hours, take a longer break to eat a meal and rest.
- Bring entertainment. This will help you keep yourself and your passengers entertained during long stretches of road. Bring a variety of entertainment options, such as audio books, games, music, and movies.
- Be patient. Road trips can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be patient. Don’t let traffic jams or unexpected detours get you down. Just relax and enjoy the ride.
- Be safe. Always follow the rules of the road and be aware of your surroundings.
- Have fun! Road trips are a great way to explore new places and create lasting memories. So relax, enjoy the ride, and make the most of your adventure.
What are some of your road trip essentials?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.