A road trip is not just a way to get from Point A to Point B but can be a fun, adventurous way to show your family various parts of the country you would not be able to experience flying. Of course, like anything worth the effort, road-tripping with children can be met with challenges. To help you prepare for your road trip, here is our road trip packing list.
Road Trip Packing List For Babies
If you are traveling with small children, the number one item on your road trip packing list needs to be a safe and comfortable car seat for your little one. The Nuna Exec is a fabulous choice because it grows with your child and can be rear or forward-facing and then a booster seat. Your little one will truly feel like an exec with this seat and their double cup holders.
Placing a car seat protector under your car seat is a great option, especially if you will be letting your little one snack in their car seat on your road trip. This one is easy to install, stays in place, and is available in a dark or light color so that you can have it match the upholstery of your car.
If you have been using white noise in your child’s room, this is a fabulous sound machine to add to your road trip packing list. This sound machine is also great for once you arrive at your final destination. The compact design is perfect for the car seat, in the stroller, and when traveling. Even with such a small footprint, you do not sacrifice functionality.
This travel organizer case is great for storing your compatible sound machine and charger when not in use. The sleek design keeps your sound machine protected and all the parts together. This case can easily be slipped into your diaper bag.
The key to a happy baby, toddler, and parent is a good nap! This car window shade is so easy to use, does a great job blocking light, and helps promote a good nap environment.
If you have a backward-facing car seat and no ceiling air vents, this mini handheld personal fan with a bendable metal and silicone surface is a must-have for your road trip packing list. It can be wrapped around anything and will keep air circulating in the back for your smallest passenger. It’s great for adults, too.
This rear-facing XL baby mirror allows you to keep your little one in clear sight while driving with a convex pivot mirror. This mirror meets the highest safety standards, is shatterproof and crash tested. It’s also super easy to install with adjustable straps that securely attach to the vehicle headrest, so no assembly is needed.
Road Trip Packing List For Toddlers and Children
While there are a lot of activities we will include on our road trip packing list, there will probably need to be some screen time. This tablet holder will safely keep your tablet in place and makes viewing comfortable for your little one. This holder is adjustable to fit your phone or tablet.
This is a great way to pre-package snacks for your road trip and keeps your little one from spilling while still self-feeding! Coming in adorable colors as well as being collapsible, it will not take up too much space.
It is so fun to listen to a book as a family and what better time to do it than on a road trip. Be sure to download a few books to share as a family for your road trip packing list.
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Road Trip Packing List For Adults
It is imperative to stay hydrated while on the road, and this tumbler will keep your hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. These Ramblers come standard with the MagSlider Lid, which prevents any leaks. These cups also won’t sweat due to condensation.
If anyone in your car is prone to motion sickness, it is a great idea to be prepared with Dramamine to help combat the queasiness before it hits. This option is long-lasting and lasts up to 24 hours with less drowsiness.
We love the ease of use and durability of the bogg tote for the beach, running into the market, organizing kids stuff on the road, or for packing. This bag includes two clear accessory bags that pop into the holes anywhere inside or outside of the bag to keep smaller items handy. The bag is the perfect road trip addition, it is tip-proof with its sturdy sides and treaded non-slip bottom. If something spills or it is dirty after your trip, no problem just hose it off!
On a road trip, you never know what might happen. Remember to add an easily accessible, comfortable outfit for all members of your family to your road trip packing list. And when accidents and messes occur, stash those soiled clothing items in a waterproof bag.
This travel set is a must-have for the traveler who demands organization at all times. These packing cubes are made from Techlite poly fabric with a breathable mesh top panel for visibility, ventilation and truly allow you to compress your packing to maximize space. Pro tip: choose a different color for every family member to keep suitcases and duffles organized!
A portable charger is essential on your road trip packing list. This high-speed power boost will help you keep all your gadgets fully charged while on the go. It fits easily into any pocket or bag, making it the perfect charger for not only road trips, but on the couch or anywhere else your phone needs a boost.
This USB car charger is great for while on the road to plug in and charge any of your devices, we know how fast those mobile phones drain when listening to music and using maps!
You will inevitably need to use the restroom when stuck in traffic or worse yet, right when your little one falls asleep. A travel john is exactly what it sounds like, a disposable urinal bag. This bag contains a polymer substance that absorbs liquid waste and turns it into an odorless, waste disposal safe substance. Don’t worry they make a Travel Jane, too!
As a mom, we all know we are handed disgusting messes. Keep dog poop bags on hand not only for your pup’s messes but for those dirty outfits, trash, etc. These come in an awesome lavender scent and are heavy-duty!
This two-gallon trash bin will help you keep your car clean and free of trash on your road trip. It has a built-in waterproof liner (we still recommend lining with a grocery bag) and a lid with an elastic opening which makes it easy to access when driving but ensures trash stays in. Also, it has a great strap that helps this trash can stay in place while on the go.
This trunk organizer with straps will keep all the items on your road trip packing list organized. This organizer is not like the others: features steel-tipped tie-down straps that latch almost anywhere, sturdy side panels to give reliable shape and structure, and reinforced carrying handles. It is collapsable to allow for adaptable sizes to fit your car trunk.
This roadside kit is a perfect gift for someone you want to keep safe on the road: it’s packed with 42 auto emergency supplies and a 62-piece first aid kit. These are the items on your road trip packing list you hope you never have to use, but offer comfort by being prepared for any situation.
It is always a great idea to be prepared with acetaminophen to temporarily relieve minor aches, pains and help reduce fever. This one is great for children and adults over 12. We also recommend traveling with one for babies or children too, based on the specific age of members in your party.
Being comfortable on your road trip is imperative to your enjoyment; this high-quality memory foam travel neck pillow provides extra support to protect the neck from pain. This set not only comes with a fabulous ergonomic pillow, but high-quality eye cover and carry bag.
Feeling clean while on the go and using public bathrooms is not always the easiest. Having hand wipes or a spray hand sanitizer can make sanitizing your hands easier. This is great to keep in the car to use before you eat or after a rest stop. The beautiful floral scent of lavender pure essential oil relaxes and soothes with every spritz and will make you feel instantly refreshed.
Hopefully, this road trip packing list will have you prepared to tackle whatever your next adventure throws at you. This road trip packing list is our tried and true list for preparing for our car trips and is the first thing we pull out after finalizing our itinerary. We find it helpful to keep this as a family shared reminder list on our iPhones. Before each trip, we show complete and then uncheck the ones we need for this road trip packing list. This keeps you from starting over for each trip and we can add to the list in real-time so we are sure to pack that item we find ourselves needing for next time. Happy trippin’!
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