The basics on our road trip packing list will guarantee that your next road trip is safe, manageable, and enjoyable. There's nothing like hitting the open road with friends and family to see what the outdoors has to offer as well as the towns and cities along the route. Although the summer months are the most popular, planning a road trip does not have to be limited to those months provided you are well prepared!
Whether you're planning a vacation overseas, a cross-country journey, or a staycation, this comprehensive road trip packing guide has you covered. Continue reading for advice on anything from clothes to useful gadgets, as well as games to keep you amused and simple road trip hacks. Don't forget to check out our free road trip checklist, as well as our suggestions on what to carry for a winter road trip.
1. Documents for Cars
Remember to keep your driver's license in the vehicle, as well as other important papers such as the owner's handbook, breakdown information, and insurance coverage. Do you need any unique cross-border cards? Before you depart, make sure you've done your homework and applied for the job.
2. Vehicle Inspection
Being proactive rather than reactive is one of the most important aspects of a road trip. Before going on a road trip, remember to conduct a thorough certified vehicle inspection Abu Dhabi of the vehicle. Check the oil and water levels, tire and tire pressure, spare wheel functionality, and brake action. Take pictures of prior damage if you're renting a vehicle to prevent getting stung when you return it.
In rural locations, don't drive by a petrol/gas station without filling up. If the empty button flashes set the distance to zero and do not exceed 63 km/40 miles. Make sure you have breakdown insurance and know how to use it (write down the phone number in case your phone battery dies or you lose service). If you want to visit a hotspot, you'll need to reserve lodging or camp/RV sites ahead of time. If you're reserving a hotel, be sure it has parking.
3. Phone Stand
Over the last decade, regulations prohibiting cell phone usage while driving have grown more stringent, with heavier fines (and rightfully so).
Hands-free phone kits have become more important as a result of this. I enjoy this phone holder since all you have to do is clip the base to your air vent, place a magnet between your phone and case, and your phone will cling to the base! The clip can be removed without harming the vehicle, making it ideal for car rentals.
Useful for utilizing maps (quick tip: press ‘go' in WiFi/4G and the instructions should function even when there is no connection) and listening to music, both of which are important road trip things.
4. Pack of Electronic Batteries
These tiny battery chargers from the United States and the United Kingdom are fantastic. Charge your phone before leaving your lodging and use it to recharge it after it's been depleted by maps and music. You can also use it to charge your action camera and portable music speaker. You'll need a battery pack that's compatible with the lightning cord or MagSafe if you're using a newer iPhone model. I don't like the MagSafe for this kind of on-the-go battery charging since the phone needs to remain in one location.
5. Scarf for sleeping on the neck
Not for the driver, of course! Wrap this scarf over your neck if you're fortunate enough to be the passenger and are prone to the nodding dog. This is also an excellent travel gift.
6. Sanitizer for the hands
Because you never know when you'll need to use the restroom. Baby wipes are also useful for wiping down hands and spills. I also recommend bringing a couple of plastic bags to store dirty shoes and food waste.
This isn't the first time I've traveled with a poncho or cape, and it won't be the last. This garment is larger than a scarf, making it ideal for keeping warm during the air-conditioning battle.
You never know when you'll come upon a great location for a walk and a drip! I suggest bringing a bag to keep your wet swimsuit away from your other belongings.
8. Stove, Gas, Lighter, and Cookset Pack
The first time we used the camping stove with gas, I was a bit nervous, but there was nothing to be concerned about. Just remember to turn off the gas before packing up. We've seen instances when the ignitor has failed, so bring a lighter just in case. A cook set packing package with all of your portable kitchen necessities is required.