How to Pack the Perfect Road Trip Kit

When most people think of road trips, they think of carefree, plan-free, spur-of-the-moment getaways. While it’s nice to think that anybody can just hop in their car, pick a direction and drive toward a thrilling adventure, it doesn’t really happen that way … At least, for most people it doesn’t. Most road trips, even if they are last minute, require some planning and consideration. While you can find planning tips in our recent blog, Road Tripping This Summer? Do These Five Things First, this one will teach you how to back the perfect road trip kit.

The Essentials

Let’s start with the boring but necessary … There are certain items that you should not leave the home without — road trip or not. Though these items may seem like no brainers, you would be surprised by how many people forget about them because they are so commonplace:

  • License and registration
  • A copy of your car insurance policy
  • A roadside emergency kit
  • Your roadside membership card
  • Your car’s manual
  • A spare tire and jack
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight and flares
  • Spare money
  • Paper maps (for when your cell service inevitably fails you)

Having these items easily on hand can save you a world of headache should you get pulled over or experience vehicle issues while on the road.

The Comforts

Whether you’re the designated driver or navigator, there are certain accessories that can make your long hours in the car, and every break in between, as comfortable as possible. Items you want to be able to easily access at all times include the following:

  • Sunglasses
  • A blanket
  • A pillow
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Travel mug
  • Hand sanitizer (Especially important given recent events!)
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Mints
  • Shopping bag
  • Flip flops
  • A towel

From keeping you cozy in the car to making it easy for you to hop out and enjoy a secluded beach or quick hike, these items are guaranteed to make your trip just a little bit better.

The Entertainment

You may love your significant other or best friend, but can you imagine being stuck in close quarters with him or her for hours on end with nothing but the sound of the tires hitting the road and your own breathing to keep you entertained? It sounds excruciating, doesn’t it? Preserve your sanity and your relationship by remembering to pack the following:

  • Travel games
  • Phone charger/USB port
  • A killer playlist
  • Reading material
  • A portable wi-fi device
  • An instant camera

The Extras

These items are the ones that road trippers commonly overlook but that can really make all the difference in your experience:

  • Bug spray
  • Toilet paper
  • Large water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Body wipes
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Tissues
  • Swiss army knife
  • Garbage bags

Finally, don’t forget the snacks. Pack a cooler in the backseat and fill it with all your favorite foods and beverages. Doing so will save you money and ensure you don’t go hungry on any adventure you have going forward.