Road Tripping This Summer? Here Are 50 Travel Essentials We Recommend Bringing
Hitting the highway for a long road trip is one of the best parts of summer, and if you have travel plans in mind, it's smart to prepare with a checklist of must-have items. Whether it's a long car ride by yourself, with family members, a significant other, or a close friend, there's something on this packing list for everyone no matter where you're going. Get ready to join the wanderlusts who are traveling the coast, visiting national parks, sightseeing, and more with the handy snacks and accessories ahead. We promise this checklist will only do you good!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Emily Co
Real Food From the Ground Up Cauliflower Crackers
Snack on some healthy crackers with these Real Food From the Ground Up Cauliflower Crackers ($23).
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
Pocket knives have a variety of different functions, and the Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife ($17) comes with a screwdriver, scissors, key ring, tweezers, and a toothpick.
Health Warrior Chia Bars in Caramel Sea Salt
These yummy Health Warrior Chia Bars in Caramel Sea Salt ($15) are a trusted treat that are packed with nutrients.
First Secure 90-Piece Car Emergency Kit
Keep this First Secure 90-Piece Car Emergency Kit ($55) in your automobile to prepare yourself in case of an emergency. It contains must-have items such as jumper cables and a flashlight that works without batteries.
Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet snd Salty Kettle Corn Popcorn
Snack on something sweet and salty with the Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Sweet snd Salty Kettle Corn Popcorn ($12).
First Aid Kit
Keep a first aid kit with you, like the Be Smart Get Prepared 100 Piece First Aid Kit ($9), in case you or any other passenger falls ill or gets injured.
Get some motion-sickness essentials for the road just in case you start feeling unwell from the ride. There are all-natural cures like Simply Gum Ginger Gum ($15 for a six-pack) that people swear by, so you might want to check it out if Dramamine isn't for you.
Water and Other Beverages
Sitting in a car can make you really dehydrated. Make sure you're constantly drinking water; packing it and other beverages in the car before leaving home will make it much easier. If you're looking for an alternative to plastic water bottles, try a reusable one like this S'well 25 oz Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($39).
If it's a hassle for you to get out of the car to wash your hands, wipes are the best alternative. (You can also use them as deodorant to freshen up your underarms!) Right now, I'm favoring these Seventh Generation Thick & Strong Free and Clear Baby Wipes ($37 for six-pack), because they don't contain any alcohol, synthetic cleaners, dyes, or fragrances. It's great for the environment and your sensitive skin!
Since you're in for a long ride, pick out a couple audiobooks to to enjoy while you're in the driver's seat. Even if you're riding shotgun, listening to books can be preferable to the often-nauseating act of reading hard-copy literature in the car. Check out our picks for the best summer beach reads to get you started!
Hand Sanitizer Infused With Aloe Vera Gel
Picking up a pack of Hand Sanitizer Infused With Aloe Vera Gel ($14) for the ride is never a bad choice, especially if they're small and easy to carry. Not only will the cleanser keep your hands stick-free after a messy snack, but they will prevent your incessant need for napkins.
Keep your breath fresh and cool with a pack of Listerine Cool Mint Pocketpaks Breath Strips ($4), also available at any drugstore or grocery store.
If you're driving with other cars, then these Walkie Talkies ($20) would be a smart purchase. There will be times when you drive through areas without cell phone service, so it's always good to have an alternative. It's also much easier to pick up the walkie talkie and start chatting with someone, rather than constantly redialing their number and waiting by your phone.
Don't totally rely on your GPS. Carry a real map with you so that even if your navigator breaks down, you'll at least have a physical map to fall back on.
Remember to bring your AAA card or any other equivalent with you on the road. There are plenty of AAA services that will benefit a road-trip driver, such as 24-hour roadside assistance and towing services for stranded drivers.
iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Car Mount Phone Holder
Raise your hand if your phone doubles as your GPS! If this is the case, then the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dash & Windshield Car Mount Phone Holder ($25) makes navigating a breeze.
Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Lotion Sunscreen
Even if you're in the car all day, sun still shines through the windows. Protect your skin with the Hawaiian Tropic Island Sport Lotion Sunscreen ($9).