The Ultimate Road Trip Essentials Packing List

road trip essentials packing list

So, my previous post was about road trip quotes, and hopefully, it inspired you to take the long and winding road. Moving onward and forward, I have compiled the ultimate road trip essentials packing list to help make your journey as smooth sailing as possible. 

 “I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window.” — Miriam Toews

Whether you are up for a cross-country road trip or prefer a shorter one, these road trip essentials will come in handy to make your trip as pleasurable and without a hitch.

Road Trip Essentials Packing List:

Most cars nowadays have built-in navigation systems, but if it is not factory-equipped, then make sure to get one. 

Check out Garmin drive 51. Easy to use dedicated GPS navigator with a bright 5.0-inch dual-orientation display. is a free app that you can download and, you can use offline.

Google maps you can download certain areas that you can access offline when you do not have network coverage.

Emergency First Aid kit

Emergencies can happen all the time, and it is always a good idea to have a first aid kit with you in your vehicle. You never know when you will need it!

Johnson & Johnson all-purpose portable compact first aid kit. It is a 140-piece emergency first aid kit for use at home, in cars, outdoors, dorm rooms, camping, offices & on-the-go. Helps care for minor wounds, cuts, scrapes, burns, itches, pain, skin rashes & insect bites.

Car Chargers and Power Inverter

It is important to pack one for the road trip to ensure your gadgets will not run out of juice. 

Check out the Maxboost car charger. It is a compact design for added portability.

Bestek 300W  power inverter. It is a continuous DC to AC power and 700 Watts instantaneous power, featuring 2 AC outlets and 2 USB ports.

Road Trip Essentials: Sunglasses

One of the road trips must-haves! Although we love watching the sunrise or sunset when driving, it is still harmful to our eyes. So, it is essential to have protection from the bright lights. 

Rayban round metal sunglasses. Made with a durable metal frame and these round sunglasses are comfortable and have 100 % UV protection. 

Snacks and Food

Bring a mix of healthy snacks for the road trip to avoid the temptation of junk food or fast food. Pack some fruits, nuts, crackers, granola bars for a fun and healthy treat. 

Glass meal prep containers use snap lock lids that come with silicone seals. 

PackIt freezable snack box can hold a small container or bottle. It is perfect for packing dairy, fruits, and veggies and keeps food fresh all day long. 

Road Trip Essentials: Toiletries and Other Essentials

Basic toiletries are a must-have road trip essential. Make sure to pack some wipes, hand sanitizer, hairbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, sunscreen, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, tissues, body wash, cotton swabs, cotton balls, lip balm. 

Do not forget to take any prescription medications with you and some headache/motion sickness medication, vitamins, and pain relievers. 

Bagsmart toiletry bag has a large capacity with zipping pockets for excellent organization. 

Surviveware biodegradable wet wipes are great on all skin types and nourish and refresh your skin longer. 

Purell advanced hand sanitizer has a clean scent and evaporated quickly for easy and convenient sanitizing. 

Australian gold botanical sunscreen natural spray is gentle care for your skin. It is rich in vitamins and antioxidants with deliciously subtle scents. 

Burt bees 100% natural moisturizing lip balm is bursting with a minty freshness that refreshes and nourishes your lips. 

LastTissue is a reusable organic tissue pack, environmentally friendly and soft on the nose handkerchief. Visit LastObject for more eco-friendly, sustainable, and beautifully crafted products.


Airborne Vitamin C is a crafted blend that supports your immune system. 

Clothing, Shoes/Slippers, Pillow, and Blanket

Pack enough clothes for the number of days you are traveling. Comfy clothing and footwear are a must during road trips. 

A pillow and blanket will give you comfort if you need a quick shut-eye.

Birkenstock Gizeh birko-flor is comfortable and stylish while giving you optimal support. 

MyPillow Roll & Go Anywhere Pillow can adjust to your needs no matter how and where you sleep. 

Litume Travel Blanket has breathable fabric with humidity management technology to bring you a moisture-wicking foldable blanket for travel that will keep you warm and comfy without letting you feel muggy. 

Water Bottle / Thermos

It is essential to keep hydrated during road trips. Having your water bottle or thermos will surely come in handy, and you will be thankful for it. 

Yomious glass water bottle reusable and refillable. It is a durable, lightweight, and eco-friendly bottle that you can take anywhere. 

Stanley classic vacuum bottle with a leak-resistant lid, so you can take it anywhere without having to worry about any spills. The best part, you can keep it hot or cold! 

Teabloom travel tumbler, streamline your life with the only travel beverage container you will ever need.



Wherever you go, take a camera with you. We travel to experience things, and it is essential to capture moments that will turn into memories. We may see it only once and will never come across it again, so make sure you have extra batteries too. 

Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless has incredible quality in half the size. Capture crucial moments that go by in a blink! 

Road-Worthy Playlist

I cannot imagine a road trip without my favorite music blasting the speakers! So make sure you have your Spotify playlist ready, or if there is no network connection, you can always download your playlist ahead of time. 

Road Trip Essentials: Your Favorite Person/s

Well, do you want to go solo, or do you wish to share the best road trip of your life with someone you love? Spending time with your family and friends makes it a fun adventure while making memories together. 

Are you ready for an epic adventure? The classic travel experience will surely be the best escapade of your life! 

P.S. I know you are feeling the itch but do not forget to pack what is on this list!


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