Road Trip Ultimate Packing List

The ultimate packing list including all of the road trip essentials you need to travel by car. We cover it all: men’s and women’s focused items from bags, to clothing and toiletries, to cooking supplies, and more.

You’re planning to hit the road and need a complete road trip packing list with all the travel-tested road trip essentials for a successful trip. Well, you’re in the right place!

We all know the main reason most people love a road trip, flexibility and being in control of the journey. But, the next biggest reason is getting to pack whatever and however much we want.

Vacation without bag fees or having to throw away oversize toiletries. Amen to that!


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1- Standalone Bags & Organizers

We’ve found that the classic duffle, backpack, and sling bag combo is the best for road trips. Duffles are great for hauling the majority of your clothes as they’re typically easy to pack—both in terms of throwing your stuff into one and Tetris-ing in the car. The backpack can act as an overnight bag or daypack while exploring whatever weird attraction you’ve stopped at. And the sling bag is for the essentials and quick stops.

Duffle bag for road trip.

1- Carhartt Trade Series 2-in-1 Duffle bag
2- The North Face Kaban Pack
3- KAVU Original Rope Sling Bag


2- Clothing & Accessories

Road trips frequently involve a variety of scenarios: sitting down to a fancy dinner with your wife / Girlfriend, camping in the farm, or spending the day at the beach to name a few. (And, of course, lots and lots of driving.) We suggest versatile, durable clothing that can keep up with whatever life on the road throws at you. Comfort is also key. Who likes sitting in a cramped car for eight hours wearing skinny jeans? Nobody, isn’t!

Road trip, essential clothing
UNDERWEARLITE PANT
DRY STRETCH EASY SHORTMERINO T-SHIRT
LONG SLEEVESRAIN JACKET

Also, make sure to pack:

1- Phone adapter
2- Pair of jeans
3- Nice shirt for fancy dinners
4- Boarder short or (Bikini)
5- Packing cubes
6- Wallet
7- Sunglasses
8- Cap
9- Shoes
10- Flip-Flop
11- Socks
12- Scarf


3.Productivity & Tech

Road trips are a great way to unplug and recharge. But a little technology can go a long way in making your time on the road less of a misadventure and more of an epic adventure.

And, if you’ll be working on the road, check out our Digital Nomad Packing List for all the tech you need to be able to do your job on the go.

Road trips are a great way to unplug and recharge. But a little technology can go a long way in making your time on the road less of a misadventure and more of an epic adventure.

iOttie iTap 2 Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount Holder

While you can hit the road without a phone mount, we don’t suggest it. Not only is it more convenient to follow GPS directions with your phone mounted, it’s safer to boot. We’re digging this magnetic mount, which is pretty universal and will work with most smartphones, cases, and GPS devices. Plus, the magnet is super clean compared to other mount styles: no adhesive to stick to (and damage) your dash, no bulkiness, and easy to use one-handed.



Sony Alpha a7 IIK

Having a decent camera to capture each and every single moments of your journey is a must. I ll never go anywhere with my camera gear, I will definitely feel empty without it. My wife and I just started a Youtube Channel, I am not an expert yet but I enjoy a lots film-making and being able to create a little storie about our adventure anywhere we go.


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Joby Gribtight One

Another excellent item to keep your phone steady, so you can take photos or videos of your legendary trip. The flexible legs wrap around a variety of surfaces of this tripod is allowing you to capture moments you would otherwise miss. Plus, it’s so small, you’ll hardly notice it in your car.



Also, make sure to pack:

1- Reading Tablet
2- Power bank
3- Note book
4- Pen
5- Smartphone
6- Headphones


4- Toiletries & Personal Care

As far as we’re concerned, smelling of sweat and sunscreen is a part of the fun of road trips (…right?). But your car mates—and grocery store, waiters, park rangers, and everyone else you come in contact with on your travels will thank you if you freshen up from time to time.

Unlike the Toiletries & Personal Care sections in our other packing lists, not everything we list here will fit into your bucket list. In fact, we recommend only keeping the toiletries you’ll need for showers and your morning/evening routines. Everything else—think toilet paper roll and coconut oil—can and should be tucked out of the way in one of the plastic bins we mention later on in this packing list. That way, you can get to said items when you need them, but you don’t have to sort through them to get to your toothbrush every morning.

Also, make sure to pack:

Toothbrush
Toothpaste or powder
Floss
Deodorant
Hand sanitizer
Bug spray
Sun screen
Bar soap
Shampoo
Hair ties
Makeup
Powder laundry detergent
Razor
Comb/brush
Hair creams or pomades
Nail clippers
Lip balm
Toilet paper


5- Car Camping Kitchen Essentials

Cooking in the great outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. When it comes to camp cooking, there’s some basic gear that you’re going to need.Whether you want to cook over a stove or over the campfire, this list has everything you’re going to need to get started. I like to keep things simple when I camp. The last thing you want is to feel stressed or overwhelmed with all that you need to pack. With that in mind, let’s dive into my car camping kitchen essentials.

Cooking in the great outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. When it comes to camp cooking, there’s some basic gear that you’re going to need.Whether you want to cook over a stove or over the campfire, this list has everything you’re going to need to get started. I like to keep things simple when I camp. The last thing you want is to feel stressed or overwhelmed with all that you need to pack. With that in mind, let’s dive into my car camping kitchen essentials.

A camp stove is definitely an essential, but there’s no need to go out and spend a lot of money on one the Coleman camp stove for example is a really great option if you’re just getting into camping and don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Make sure to pack the fuel too!


1- YETI Roadie 24 Cooler

YETI made a name for itself by taking the cooler world by storm, so, yeah, we’re going to recommend a YETI cooler. It keeps ice really well—we’re talking days in the right conditions—so you don’t have to continually buy ice. We recommend this soft-sided style as it can kind of expand or contract based on how full it is, can be jammed into places, and has a flat top, so you can throw some stuff on top of it. YETI also offers larger sizes if you think you’ll need that extra space.

2- Camping kettle

You can use this lightweight tea/coffee kettle for far more than making tea/coffee. Boil water for instant oatmeal, sanitation purposes, etc. The one-liter size of this kettle is large enough you can boil enough water for at least 3 persons (you can always fill it and boil it twice if need be), but not so large that it will take up precious space in your car. The coated handle is nice to grip.

3- MSR Bowl

This stainless steel bowl is great for eating on the road. First of all, it cleans up ridiculously easily. If you’re in a pinch, you can pour a little water into the bottom, clean off any gunk with your finger, rinse, and you’re good to go. It’s also lightweight and small, but deep enough that you can fit a good amount of food inside. And, if you need more than one, they stack into each other nicely. Our only caveat is that it can get hot to the touch when you fill it with hot food, so keep that in mind.

4- Stanley Base Camp Cook Set for 4

  • Stanley Base Camp Cook Set for 4 | 21 Pcs Nesting Cookware Made from Stainless Steel & BPA Free Material | Incl Pot, lid, Cutting Board, Spatula, Plates, Spoons, Forks, Bowls, Dish Rack, Trivet

You may not be able to make intricate, complicated meals with this cook set, but the 19pcs cooking set will allowed you to cook a good variety of things. They nest inside of each other which makes for easy packing.

5- Aeropress coffee maker

If like me you can’t live without at least 4 cup of coffee a day this is the ideal item for you. There are several ways to make coffee on the road, but we’re partial to an AeroPress. Sure, it’s not the easiest option out there, but it makes such exceptional coffee that we think the trade-off is worth it. And, yeah, it may not be as easy as a pour over, but it’s also not rocket science.



Also, make sure to pack:

1- Titanium spork
2- Wooden spatula
3- Vegetable peeler
4- Can opener
5- Lighter and/or box of matches
6- Thin, flexible, plastic cutting board
7- Chef’s knife
8- Paper towel roll
9- Sponge
10- Dish soap


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6- Sleeping & Camping

If you’ll be sticking to hotels and Airbnbs then this section doesn’t apply to you. But if you plan to spend some (or all!) of your trip camping and sleeping in your car, then you’re gonna need some stuff to help you get a good night’s sleep.

MSR Elixir 3-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

  • MSR Elixir 3-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

With all the features you expect from MSR, the freestanding Elixir 3 tent offers campers and backpackers an extremely livable backpacking tent at a great value. The tent design provides plenty of headroom and space for three full-size adults and their mats, two large doors for easy entry, and new larger vestibules with 35% more storage space. Balancing breathable mesh fabric with solid canopy fabric, the 3-season Elixir 3 tent provides ventilation, warmth and privacy, while the included footprint offers multiple setup options, including a freestanding Fast & Light pitch with rain-fly. Click image to open expanded view.

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Also, make sure to pack:

1- Sleeping bag
2- Hammock
3- Sleeping pad (It is a MUST !!!)
4- Head Torch light
5- Light weight Pillow



7- Miscellaneous

These miscellaneous items will help you take your road trip to the next level. You know, the kinds of things you’ll be really glad you packed after a few days on the open road.

Having a Laptop with you at all time is very useful and I will not go anywhere without mine, of course you can use your phone to connect with the out-side world but a good and quality laptop will definitely help you to keep your blog up to date in a much easier way.

Invest in a drone. Drones Require Less Effort: When users intend to capture a photo or video, drones provide a better accessibility than the traditional camera to lessen effort. Drones are smaller and more convenient than the traditional large cameras, which require your whole body to carry the camera just to capture images and videos.

Also, make sure to pack:

1- Ear plugs
2- Duct tape
3- Playing cards
4- Yoga mat
5- DSLR camera
6- Face mask !



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So there you have it—everything we’ve found that you need for a successful road trip after years of trial and error by members of our team. We hope this list has helped ease any of your pre-road trip stress. Remember, this list is more of a guideline. Please adapt it to your trip and preferences and if you have any suggestion or any recommendation do not hesitate to mention it on the comment below.

Drive safe!

So there you have it—everything we’ve found that you need for a successful road trip after years of trial and error by members of our team. We hope this list has helped ease any of your pre-road trip stress. Remember, this list is more of a guideline. Please adapt it to your trip and preferences and if you have any suggestion or any recommendation do not hesitate to mention it on the comment below.

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