road trip essential pack list

We’ve taken a LOT of road trips. In fact, over the last 4 years of travel, the majority of our destinations are explored with 4 wheels beneath us. After 30k miles of road trips in over 15 countries, I think it’s safe to say we’ve become road trip masters and that’s why we’ve put together this complete guide to packing for a road trip. Having all the right gear and more importantly, not forgetting the basics, is an essential part of creating an amazing road trip.

Road trips are the best!  At least we think so.  However, packing up for it can feel overwhelming.  But not anymore.  Here’s your itemized list of what to pack for your next road trip.  Be sure to download the free road trip essentials pack list to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Canada summer adventure road trip
View from Setton overlook.

Regardless of whether you are heading out in an RV or car camping on your road trip, you’ll need clothes and you probably don’t want to worry about stopping to do laundry unless your road trip is longer than two weeks.  This is the checklist I use for each member of our family to make sure I don’t forget anything.  

50 Things to Pack for a Road Trip

Staying Cozy + Comfortable

Blankets – Make sure everyone has something to stay warm like a sleeping bag or comforter. The options are endless for blankets and a lot of it depends on your road trip style.

Pillow – While not essential, it’s nice to have your own pillow while you road trip. You can go for a regular pillow if you have the room or if you’re crunched for space you can use a travel pillow.

Packable jackets, Road Trip essentials