So you’re heading off on a road trip? We know that choosing what to pack for a road trip can be stressful. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a week, a month, or a year on the road, you’ll likely need the same equipment. As a result, we’ve put together an Ultimate Road Trip Packing List that will help take the stress out of planning. This packing guide will cover everything from clothes to cooking gear.
We thought this post couldn’t come at a more perfect time. In just 3 months we are heading off on a road trip ourselves, circumnavigating the whole of Australia for 6 months. We’ve done a heck of a lot of planning for this trip including where we should sleep, where to go, how long to spend at each place and of course what to pack.
In this road trip packing list, we are sharing our personal packing list for our road trip. We’ve been on many road trips in the past but none quite as long as the one we are about to embark on. We also want to make it concise, easy to read and knowledgeable for you to use next time you go on a road trip (wherever in the world you are, planning a road trip packing list is similar).
Tip: that the lighter the car, the more efficient you drive, so don’t overpack!
Road Trip Packing List
First, we’ll start with the absolute essentials that you should never leave without, and then move on to clothing, safety gear, entertainment, and odds and ends that make road trip travel so much more enjoyable.
First Aid Kit – for any emergencies that may occur on the road
Cool Box/Esky – to keep your food and drinks cool and ripe
Jerry Can – you never know when you might run out of fuel in remote areas.
Portable Water Tank – So important, you don’t want to run out of water
Portable Charger for Electronic Devices – Incase your electronics run out of battery
Jump Cables – an essential safety and security tool for every vehicle. Dealing with dead battery? It’s best to have a set of cables on hand
Maps and/or Guides – There may be no phone signal, so having a good old paper map will be your saviour (travelling Australia? This book is a must!)
Spare Tire – incase you get a puncture or the tyre runs thin
High Lift Jack – Vital in order to replace a tyre on the road
Tent – Choose a tent best suited for your needs by clicking the link
Day Backpack – For hiking and exploring
Camping Chairs – In the evenings relaxing or when eating
Camping Table – You’ve got to have something to eat on
Camping Stove – Great portable cooker for all your camping needs
Camping Cookware – the perfect complete kit of cookware (it’s amazing!)
Camping Cutlery – how else will you eat your food 😉
Toilet Paper – when natural calls
MacBook Pro with Retina Display + Charger – keeping in contact with friends/family and blogging!
Batteries – AAA and AA for torches, lamps etc.
External Hard Drive – we’re sure you’ll be taking thousands of photos, the last thing you want is to loose all your memories!
Satellite Phone – only essential if you are heading into the outback/wilderness without signal
iPhone 7 + Charger – keep in touch with friends/family and for emergencies
Camera + Charger – capturing memories and the beautiful places you visit (we love this camera!)
GoPro + Additional Batteries – the best action camera out there, perfect for any road trip
Travel Wallet – Keep all your important documents in one place so you never loose anything
Passport – make sure it has at least 6 months left on it if you’re travelling overseas
Drivers License – kind of a no-brainer seen as you’ll be road tripping
Emergency Numbers – for people or you to call if you’re in trouble
Visa Details – if you’re travelling abroad
Flight Info & Tickets – you’ll have to come back at some point 😉
Accommodation / Campsite Info – it’s easy to forget when you’re on the road
Cash & Credit Cards – can’t get anywhere without these!
Travel Journal – to remember your awesome road trip
Unisex Jacket – for windy and rainy days
Thermals – it can get cold at night
Underwear – both men & women
Socks / Hiking Socks – for hiking and driving
Comfortable Clothing – (weather dependent, but think about: jeans, trousers / dresses / shorts / shirts / tops / sweater / evening wear / jacket)
Swimwear – to cool off in the heat or sunbath at the beach
Comfortable Sandals like Tevas – I LOVE my Tevas and cannot recommend them enough
Hiking/Comfortable Shoes – you’ll most likely be doing a lot of walking
Flip Flops – for the beach
Hat / Scarf / Gloves – it might get chilly in the evenings
Beach Round Towel – for relaxing on the beach
Travel Towel – for showering and washing yourself (quick dry)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Female: Diva Cup & Pads – girls this is a lifesaver!
Razor & Shaving Cream
Tweezers & Nail Clippers
Hairbrush & Hair Spray
Glasses / Contact Lenses & Fluid
Make Up – Check what’s in my travel makeup bag!
Health & Safety
Suncream & Aftersun – the last thing you want happen is to get burnt
Insect Repellent – to keep the bugs away
Spare Keys – for your car
Survival Knife – for any situation you may encounter
Still wondering how to pack for a road trip? Our top tip is to get some handy storage boxes to keep all your gear and clothing in, so that you don’t spend hours in the boot of your car trying to get something from the bottom of your bag.
We swear by Packing Cubes, which are a god send when wanting to separate your clothing, shoes and other gear.
We hope that this road trip packing list will help you before setting off. When you’ve completed all the packing and planning, we are sure you will have the time of your life on the road!
Have you been on a road trip? What are your packing essentials?
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