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10 Things To Pack For A Road Trip

26 October 2020 / By Georgia E. Austin
10 items to pack for a road trip

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10 Things To Pack For A Road Trip

From travel apps to toilet roll, if you’re planning your next getaway (by road), then be sure to pay close attention to our ultimate guide to discover the 10 essential items you’ll need to pack for your next road trip.

1) A Map

But not any kind of map. The digital map we’re all talking about,, is the ultimate solution to being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no internet connection.

So, how does it work? This handy app allows users to download the map of any location in the world—being a city or even an entire country—so when you’re visiting even the most hidden gems on earth you’ll know exactly where you are and how to get back to the starting point. We don’t go anywhere without it. .  

2) Stock Up On Snacks

Unsure what snacks and drinks to pack for a roadtrip?

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve locked eyes with the last rest stop on the motorway, innocently believing there’ll be a handful of more food choices a few miles on in the journey—when the reality is you’re actually heading through endless swathes of road that lasts for hundreds of miles and you wish you stocked up on snacks for the last leg of the journey. You’re hangry. The car vibes have dissipated. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

Moral of the story: always pack an abundance of water and snacks for your journey in times of dire need..  

3) An Epic Playlist

No roadtrip is complete without your all-time favorite songs to get you through the journey.

One week in advance, be sure to start compiling your very own spotify playlist jam-packed with the best artists that bring good vibes and energy as you cruise to your heart’s desire. You can even load up the Camera Caper playlist to get you started. 

Top tip: keep adding songs until you’ve hit at least three hours worth of playlist. Never settle foranything less!  

4) Charging Cables

You’re going to need continuous battery for all those songs. Don’t forget to pack all your car extension plugs and necessary cables to keep your devices fueled along the way.

There’s nothing worse than a roadtrip with no music or battery for your satnav or GPS. You’ll be sad, you’ll get lost, and trust us—it’s not a nice situation to be in.

items to pack for a road trip

5) Sickness Meds

We all have that one friend who suffers from car sickness.

And even if you haven’t gone through it yourself, don’t take any chances—long car rides often lead to fatigue and dizziness, and these life-saving pills will help alleviate your motion sickness.

6) Toilet Roll

Don’t take any chances. Rest stops are known for their dire lack of toilet roll—so make sure you bring your own.

Keep yourself well stocked up and pack at least two rolls for your journey just in case. If the pandemic has taught us anything, toilet roll is the new gold.


Depending on the length of your roadtrip, chances are you’ll stop in a motel to rest in between legs.

A fast-drying microfiber towel is every backpackers essential item as some lodges don’t provide them, they dry unbelievably fast, and won’t soak the other clothes you have in your bag and cause a nasty smell.

Plus one of your challenges may involve you getting wet – so a fast drying towel is always a good idea.


Basic supplies like plasters, bandages and antiseptic cream are essential items to bring with you on your trip to counteract any potential aches and pains you may experience during your journey.

Keep this one with you at all times.

9) air bed

Want to save the pennies spent on motels on adventuring instead?

If that’s the case, we recommend purchasing a car air mattress that makes up a double bed in the back of your car for a cheap (but comfortable) night’s sleep. Bag one for yourself for as little as £30/$40 in stores like REI.

10) sunglasses

Last but not least, a great pair of shades will be your ultimate companion for the journey.

Whether you’re a driver or passenger, no one wants to blind themselves by sunlight when driving for hours on end. Look cool while driving is an added bonus.

So there you have it—our 10-point guide on what to pack for the road trip of a lifetime.

Found our tips useful? Let us know in the comments or reach out on our Instagram.

Liked this article then check out the 5 Essential Items for Photographers on Road Trips

Happy adventuring!

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