Summer is approaching quickly and for many that means a road trip is in the near future! How exciting! I love a good road trip, especially one that goes just as planned…if you road trip much, you know that’s a rarity. Some of the mishaps that happen while road tripping are just part of the adventure. Others you’ll likely wish never became part of the adventure but either way, the better you pack for said road trip, the more prepared you’ll be to take on these extra little adventures that pop up along the way.
First up, the necessities, easily accessible for the car. You know, the kind of thing you might need on an emergent basis while driving down the road.
- Roll of paper towel
- Baby wipes (great for all ages, not just babies!)
- Small trash bag
- Vomit bag
- Roll of toilet paper
- Car charger for your cell phone
- Snacks (so many snacks)
- Water bottles
- Map/Atlas (for the times you’re without cell service)
- Change of clothes for each person
- Jacket for each person
- Hand sanitizer
Next up, the handy items. The kinds of things that make travel a bit easier, but not must-haves.
- Print-outs of each confirmation and purchase (not necessary if you have access to all on your phone, but can come in handy to have them printed)
- Guidebooks for your destinations
- Blankets/pillows (great for sleeping in the car and hotels, fort-making in the car and hotels, using as a table or footrest)
- Dum-Dums (lollipops are a great treat for entertaining and bribery)
- Window shades
- Opposite pair of shoes (if wearing flip flops/sandals, pack sneakers, and vice versa)
- Rain jacket
- iPads or equivalent electronics for kids (and headphones!)
- Extra chargers for all of the devices
- Camera and charger
- Backpack/sling pack/fanny pack (some type of hands-free pack)
- Bug spray
- Bathing suit
And finally, the luxuries. The items that are great if you have the room, but you’ll be just fine without.
- Tripod/selfie stick
- Road-side potty
- DVD player
- Ziploc bags
- Roll of quarters (possibly needed for laundry, air pump, car wash, toll booths)
Of course you don’t want to forget the very basic of basics, like your driver’s license, car insurance information, car manual, and clothes for each day of your trip. Packing can feel like a huge task, but if you make a list and categorize a few days ahead, you’ll be well on your way to remembering everything you think you’ll need to make the trip.