Whether you’re going on a long road trip to a completely new location, or simply getting away for a little break, packing for a road trip is something that requires purposeful and intentional thinking.
Packing for a road trip needs to be planned out to make sure that you and your other passengers are comfortable and prepared. There are a few things to keep in mind when packing for your next road trip:
How well does your air conditioning function (or heater, if it’s winter)?
Do you have ample leg room in your car?
Is your vehicle ready for a road trip?
Packing for a road trip can bring about unwanted anxieties and stress. The task may seem slightly daunting. This article explains exactly what you need to pack in your vehicle in order to have the best road trip experience possible! I broke down this article into 3 packing sections: safety, comfort/entertainment, and—of course—food.
What to Pack for a Road Trip
Before heading out on a road trip, make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared with safety precautions. Take your vehicle to a mechanic to be looked over to give you some peace of mind before leaving on your trip.
You never know what is going to happen, and it is always best to be prepared. Items such as jumper cables, road flares, warning triangles, and reflective vests can help you stay safe and get help quicker.
Look for a car emergency kit that has rope, jumper cables, a flashlight, road flares, and a reflective vest.
If you’re travelling with your family or a few friends, make sure that your first aid kid has enough equipment in it for everyone. While very unlikely, it is possible that everyone in your vehicle will require the same item from your first aid kit at the same time. This kit is packed and ready for a 4-person group and has all the necessary items for survival.
Let’s face it, traveling for any length of time in a vehicle with children can be incredibly difficult! Make sure to pack a portable DVD player and some of their favorite movies. Hours will fly by without you even realizing it.
A notebook and pen are always handy to have in your vehicle, so definitely make sure you pack some for a road trip. You can use them if you are in a vehicular incident, as a place for doodling and recording your thoughts and feelings, and as a place for your littles to document the trip from their perspective.
Don't forget to pack a good camera for your next road trip. You will see amazing things that you'll want to take pictures of, so make sure to pack your camera. If you don’t have a camera yet, make sure to buy one that is user-friendly (unless you’re a photographer) and has a large enough memory card for your trip.
Bringing a cooler will allow you to pre-plan and pre-pack food and snacks. Pack food in your cooler so you can reach it easily from your seat, and make a plan to avoid messes from melting ice. This K-box Electric Cooler can store about 60 cans of soda, which means that you'll have plenty of space for road trip snacks!