The Ultimate Packing List for a Road Trip
I have completed my fair share of road trips while on my travels, from driving the Italian Alps, travelling from the east to the west coast of America, taking on Europe by train or simply exploring my own back yard, Ireland. Just before setting off on an adventure, I get that horrible anxious feeling that I have forgotten something. That is why over the years I have jotted down anything I have had to purchase while on the road and compiled it into one big list. So if you are packing for your next adventure and have no idea where to start. Look no further, because I have put together the ultimate road trip packing list.
The packing list will be divided into 8 sub sections, so feel free to skip a head to the areas that interest you.
- Luggage & Bag Essentials
- Road Trip Clothing List
- Technologies and Gadgets
- Accessories and Toiletries
- Car Essentials for any road trip
- Camping Gear
1. Luggage & Bag Essentials Packing List for a Road Trip
The big question? RUCKSACK OR SUITCASE?
Before I go on any long road trip, I always have one big question. Rucksack or suitcase? I am always torn and can never decide. At the end of the day, it all depends on the type of road trip I am planning.
A suitcase is ideal for easy access, the ability to take things in and out, without making a big mess.
Whereas a rucksack is ideal for more spontaneous adventures. Like road trips that involve a lot of walking and moving around, particularly camping trips. They are also easier to squish into the truck of a car.
Either way, one any long haul road trip. It is essential to bring a large bag to fit all personal belongings, clothes and accessories.
A day bag is essential for those hoping to hike and go on a mini one day adventure while road trippin’. I’d 100% recommend the Deuter Speed Lite day bag, I bring it everywhere I go. It’s small, and compact, yet fits so much. It is a little on the pricey side but has truly lasted the test of time.
Another day bag option for long road trips would be an anti theft backpack. These bags are ideal to keep your valuables safe at all time and free from splash and stains from the great outdoors.
It is a good idea to bring a small dressy bag for any city stops. I like to bring a little backpack that fits my camera, phone and purse.
2. Road Trip Clothing List Packing List for a Road Trip
It is hard to narrow down specific clothes to bring on a road trip as so many factors come into consideration, for example, the climate, the season and the itinerary. With that being said, here is some general guidelines.
- T-Shirts / Tank Tops
- Gym Leggings/Jog Bottoms
- A hoodie/Sweater
- Lightweight Jacket (summer)
- Heavy Jacket (winter)
- Water Proof Clothing (Depending on Climate)
For Some City Stops…
- Denim Jacket
- A Pair of Jeans
- A Dressy Outfit
- A Dress/Playsuits (Ladies)
- Normal Socks
- Hiking Socks
- Bras (Ladies)
- Sports Bra (Ladies)
- Hiking Boots
- A Comfortable Pair of Runners/Sneakers
- Flip Flops (ideal for showers)
- Casual shoes
3. Technologies and Gadgets
If you are going on a road trip. Odds are you plan on stopping at some phenomenal places. Places that are sure to have you reaching for your camera. On the road, it’s difficult to keep all our beloved devices charged. I’ve put together a list of gadgets that come in useful on any road trip.
Starting with the obvious gadgets…
- Waterproof\Action\Polaroid Camera
- Charging Cables
- An Awesome Road Trip Playlist
And some easily forgotten gadgets…
USB Car Adapter
Try purchase a USB car adapter, this device is a true life saver when on the road. Particularly, when camping with a limited electricity flow.Those with two or more ports also allow for more are perfect for multiple devices.
A Portable Charger
A portable charger is another great way to keep all devices well charged. The one picture charges phones 5 to 6 times before needing to be charged itself. It can also run on solar energy.
I bring my gorilla tripod everywhere I go. It is light weight and ideal for getting steady photography shots, for Vlogging and solo travellers. It can be attached to tree’s, railings and more…
For those planning on jumping on a plane over seas before starting their road trip. One of these bad boys are 100% needed.
- iCloud / Online storage
4. Accessories and Toiletries
- Hair Bobbins, Bobbles, Ties
- Bobby Pins
- Body Soap
- Makeup (Ladies)
I love this water bottle! Not only does it hook onto the side of any bag strap, it also keeps water cold for 12 hours straight. Ideal for hiking in hot weather conditions.
A Micro fibre Sports tower is perfect for any road trip. They are fast drying, light and take up little space.
Cubes are the best way to organise clothes & accessories. Helps avoid having a messy case.
5. Car Essentials for any road trip P
- Licence, Tax & Insurance
- GPS (Google Maps)
- Spare Key
- Spare Tire
- Road Side Assistance
- A Map
A portable First Aid kit is such a valuable item on any road trip. You never know when it may come it need. And It is always good to be prepared.
No one wants to break down while on a road trip but sometimes these things are impossible to prevent. Therefore, an Emergency Break Down Kit essential to get yourself out of an unwanted sticky situation
Items for the colder months…
- Snow Chains
- Windshield De-Icer
6. Camping Gear Packing List for a Road Trip
Those planning on camping while on a road trip, there are an extra few things you need to consider bringing.
This pillow above is ideal as it rolls up into virtually nothing, also super suited for long drive days.
A Sleeping Bag
Again a lightweight one that won’t take up extra space in the luggage & trunk
A Camping Mat
This leads to a much better sleep!
Needed to keep the food cold and refreshed.
If you plan to cook while road tripping. Bringing some of the basic utensils are necessary. This compact set is perfect. And hooks nicely onto bag too!
So this brings us to the end of the Ultimate Road Trip Packing List. All of you planning your road trip adventure be sure to let me know where you are going in the comments below.
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