Updated: Aug 16, 2020
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Roadtripping is so much fun and is starting to become a popular travel style. We have so many road trip ideas, so we wanted to give you a packing guide to make sure you have everything you need to make your epic road trip unforgettable. Make sure that you click on the links, because they'll take you to our favorite products. Most of the are Amazon, so that you don't have to shop too many places and we do make a commision, but it doesn't raise your price in anyway. So check out what we've got for you!
Water tanks/jugs- Water can be a hot commodity. Especially when you can't get any. You might need it for your car if it overheats, washing your hands after a roadside picnic, helping you clean up that mess in the car, or drinking water because you forgot to pick up some at your last stop. So, carrying extra water is an absolute must. You can pick up one up at Amazon for $20 or less (depending on the size you want). We like the collapsable jugs that won't take up space when not in use.
Portable gas container or Oil quarts- There are so many different kinds of gas cans to choose from. You can get a basic one for around $20 that normally holds about 5 gal. You need to make sure that you have the correct attachment that will work with your vehicle. You can really get high-tech with your very own automatic shut-off pump attachment! (make sure you get the can if you don't already have one) So if you're one of those that runs out of gas a lot, I would recommend this for sure. You really should get something, just incase that road to the next gas station ends up being a little bit further than you realized.
Emergency Roadside Kit- These are great incase you get stranded for some reason. They have everything you might need and they aren't very expensive. For around $40 you can have piece of mind that you will be able to tackle anything you come across. The Amazon Roadside kit is perfect for anything you might need. You might make sure that there are some Emergency candles, lighter and a thermo blanket in your kit as well as some protein.
Paper map or Atlas- Most of us don't use these anymore, but have you ever been on a trip and lost service? It can be a little scary not knowing where you're supposed to get off the highway. You never know when you're going to need the old tried and true. So, best thing is to just get it. Have it under the seat for when you really need it. Amazon has a great selection of Atlases for any continent and for less than $20 you can have all the maps you'll need! Just make sure you still remember how to read them.
Car phone charger- You absolutely don't want to run out of power on your phone when traveling. It's best if you can get a charger in you car that will give you a quick charge on as many devices as possible. An adapter dual quick charger is perfect for anytime, but especially during a road trip. Get 2 or more, depending on how many devices will be traveling with you. You can also get a dash mount phone holder and charger which is great if you're streaming or navigating with your phone. Just make sure to get one that is compatible with your phone.
Paper money & Credit cards- It's always important to carry cash as well as credit and debit cards. You'll want to make sure you have an emergency stash. Although most toll roads are digital now, occasionally you'll come across one you can physically pay at. You should always pay if you can, otherwise you might wind up with unpaid toll bill. You could also use cash for tips, parking, etc. While we talking money, you might also get trip insurance just incase you don't make your next reservation because of an unexpected incident.
Blankets- I always travel with a blanket, whether it's super cold outside or not. Sometimes a light blanket in the summertime is nice to keep the AC from blowing directly on you or the sun from beating down on you. In the winter, blankets are almost a necessity. Everyone probably already has their favorite blanket they could throw in for a road trip. Did you know Amazon has heated blankets the you can plug into your car?! Use it to cover up, sit on so the seat isn't cold, or the dreaded winter emergency. These are great blankets to have around. You'll want one for each of your winter travelers.
Sleeping bags- Sleeping bags are great to have around. Whether your camping or not, having sleeping bags for extra padding, picnic blanket, not so nice overnight stay. They can be a godsend. Click here for Amazon's choice for all season sleeping bags.
First Aid Kit- Unless you're wanting to do surgery on the side of the road, a basic first aid kit is what you need. Something small that you can stick in a bag for a quick hike. You can get a perfect sized kit (or a larger kit) at Amazon that would fit in your glove compartment for quick access when needed. Just don't forget to restock before each trip.
Food and Kitchen utensils- It's always a good idea to have an emergency stash of food. You might pack some granola bars or peanuts. You could add in a couple of cans of chili or soup. It's also a good idea to keep some chocolate around. (Make sure if you keep these in your emergency kit, you replace them as they get old). I'm sure some of you are thinking, "Kitchen Utensils", but seriously. You never know when you're going to need them. And when you do, it's really hard to do without. So, make sure you have a can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew, and some utensils on hand. You'll be thanking me the next time your order takeout and they forget to put them in. You can pick up some handy sets from Amazon if you click here.
Clean-Up Wipes- WE MAKE SO MANY MESSES!!! These have saved me so much! Whether your traveling with kids or not, you really need to make sure you have some wipes.
Car Adapted Power Strip- It seem we always need power. We have devices, computers, air mattress, fans etc. Powerstrips are so handy especially if they have a couple of usb ports as well. Make sure you get one that has 300w so you can power a computer. You'll definitely use it. You might also get an extension cord,
Tailgate Tent & Awning
If your on a long road trip, you might want to have some sort of option other than a hotel for lodging. It might be nice if you could take advantage of some of the beautiful camping parks available. Why not have the option to camp, but also the luxury of not being on the ground. Check out these awesome tailgate tents you can put directly on your car! Have a sunroof? Grab this sunroof screen for more ventilation.