Your Road Trip Travel Essentials Packing List

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If you intend to travel on a road trip for the spring break or the Easter holidays, make your trip more comfortable with this Road Trip Travel Essentials Packing List.

Road trips are fun. They help you see the countryside in a way that flying does not allow. I drive thousands of miles annually, and I have traveled on some epic road trips. I always use a checklist when I pack my car before each trip. That way, I can be guaranteed to have what I need to make my road trip more fun and comfortable. Additionally, it helps me to make sure I don't forget to pack the essentials.

I have compiled this Road Trip Travel Essentials Packing List to help make your trip more fun and more comfortable too. It includes the most important things to pack for your road trip.

Using this checklist, you can make sure not to forget the essentials and not overpack your car with the wrong things. It is best to pack less as you will have more legroom and room to spread out. Also, it will be easier to find things.

Road trip essentials

  • Car license
  • Car registration
  • Phone charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Roadside assistance membership
  • Car insurance policy
  • Car tools
  • A spare tire
  • Your car's manual

For emergencies

  • First aid kit
  • Headache relief tablets
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • A flashlight

For research and navigation

  • Maps or GPS navigation.
  • WiFi hot spot or data

For entertainment

  • A Book to read or a kindle with many books
  • Magazines to read
  • Travel games
  • Movies downloaded on your phone before you leave home
  • Headphones
"When you go on a road trip, the trip itself becomes part of the story" – Steve Rushin.

For comfort

  • A cooler for cooling your drinks
  • A travel mug for keeping drinks warm
  • Bottles of water for washing
  • Water bottle for drinking water
  • Blankets to keep warm on the drive
  • Travel pillows for extra comfort
  • A rug for picnics and rest stops
  • A pair of tracksuit pants or shorts to wear in the car

For hygiene purposes

  • Tissues and body wipes
  • Toilet roll for emergencies
  • Antiseptic wipes for cleaning your car
  • Alcoholic hand wipes
  • Alcoholic hand gel
  • Face masks
  • Flip flops for comfort in your car
  • A quick-dry travel towel
  • Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
"A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places." – Tom Lichtenheld.

For health and well being

  • Sunglasses
  • A sunhat
  • A car sunshade
  • Sunscreen so you don't get sunburnt
  • Mosquito and fly repellent
  • Lip balm and body cream
  • An Umbrella or raincoat
  • An extra jumper (no matter what the weather, nights can get extra cold)

For eating

  • Lots of snacks. Make sure to add healthy options, too, such as nuts and dried fruit.
  • Cold drinks and water.
"Because the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination. It's all the wild stuff that happens along the way." – Emma Chase.

For convenience

  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask
  • A day pack
  • Camp chairs

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If you are camping

  • An air mattress
  • A sleeping bag
  • A tent
  • A portable gas cooker
  • Cutlery, plates, and cups
  • A pot and pan

For organization

  • Packing cubes to help you get your trunk organized and find things easy, or a trunk organizer
  • A small trash can or rubbish bags
  • Bags for your dirty laundry
  • Reusable shopping bags for your grocery shopping


  • Socks
  • Knickers
  • Shirts
  • Pants, skirts, or dresses (don't overdo it)
  • A pair of shoes for hiking, and a nicer pair or sandals for when you stop in towns or when you want to go out to a restaurant.
  • A swimsuit

And above all else, don't forget a vague travel itinerary, a plan for your accommodation, and a sense of adventure.

"Fifty years from now, when you're looking back at your life, don't you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?" – Sam Witwicky in Transformers.

I have compiled this list with the things that will help you on your road trip. If I have missed something that makes your trip extra comfortable, please leave a comment and let News Break readers know.

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