Road Trip Packing List: What To Bring On The Drive


For the last several years I’ve gone on a big road trip in the summer. I usually drive up the coast from Southern California to Canada. Occasionally I’ll road trip from SoCal to the Bay Area or sometimes a short trip and go to Palm Springs or Las Vegas. So yes, I love road trips. I wanted to share a road trip packing list to help you prepare for any upcoming adventures!



  • Flights: Find a cheap flight using Skyscanner or Momondo. I like these two booking sites because they both search all websites and airlines around the globe including budget airlines.
  • Accommodations: I use or Tripadvisor to find the best rates on hotels. offers a free night after booking 10 nights.
  • Travel Insurance: Having gotten sick on my travels in the past, I never travel without being insured. You never know when something may happen. For my round the world trip and extended long-term travel, I use World Nomads. For other trips, I have used Roam Right and they cover activities like extreme sports.
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Big Sur GoPro

Solo road tripping along the Pacific Coast Highway

Road Trip Packing List – Items For Your Car
Road Trip Packing List – Things You Need
  • Music – I have a Spotify paid membership or I use Pandora in the USA
  • Audio Books / Podcasts – I’m currently loving my Audible membership and listening to books in the car!
  • Blanket – to stay warm, to use as a picnic or beach blanket
  • Pillow – to have some familiarity when staying somewhere different
  • Coins for parking or tolls
  • GPS / Paper Maps
  • If you use your phone for GPS, have a hands-free holder
  • Wet Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Paper Towel, toilet roll, tissue
  • Duct tape & WD40
  • Stasher resealable/reusable bags
  • Pocketknife
  • Camera
  • Small garbage bag
  • Cooler for food
  • Snacks – I try to make sure and bring/buy healthy snacks so I don’t feel so sluggish
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket
**I don’t travel without travel insurance. You never know when bad things happen so best to be prepared. I use Roam Right as my service provider for travel insurance.
Road trip packing list: Useful Items For Road Trippers

As a solo road tripper, many of the photos I would not be able to take without my trusty selfie stick or tripod. I know selfie sticks are frowned upon, but I mostly use them when I am alone and there is no one else to ask.

*Click on the links to see more detail or purchase**
GoPro Hero 4 Silver

GoPro Hero4 Silver

Click to buy this GoPro
GoPro 3 Way

GoPro 3 way

Click to buy this selfie stick and tripod for your GoPro
Mefoto Tripod

mefoto tripod monopod

Click to buy this tripod, perfect for solo road trippers!
Sony Rx100m3


Sony RX100M3

Click to buy this awesome mirrorless camera for photos and video
Dual USB Charger for your phone and gadgets 

Belkin Dual USB charger

Click to buy this charger
Charging cord for iPhone

Iphone cord charger - road trip packing list

Click to buy this cord!
Charging cord for GoPro/camera

Charging cable for camera or GoPro - Road trip Charging cable for camera or GoPro - Road trip packing list

Click to buy this cord!
External Battery For Smart Phone / GoPro

Anker External Battery Charger

Buy this external battery – always have your phone charged up!
Portable Power Strip

Monster Outlet To Go

Buy this power strip – with all these electronics you need a power strip!
Folding Cooler 

Folding Cooler- Road Trip Packing List

Click to buy this cooler!
Ice Packs  

Ice Packs - road trip tips

Click to buy this ice pack – or freeze a water bottle but leave room for expanding ice
Ziploc Bags

Stasher Bags |

Click to buy Stasher Bags
Travel Mug

Zojirushi Travel Mug - road trip packing list |

Click to buy an insulated travel mug
First Aid Kit 

first aid kit - Road Trip Packing List

Click to buy this first aid kit!
Clorox Wipes 

clorox wipes

Click to buy these wipes! Perfect for cleaning up surfaces like picnic tables
Kleenex Hand Towel 

kleenex hand towel

Click to buy hand towels – I have these for when need something more substantial than tissue
Kleenex Tissue 

kleenex facial

Click to buy these for when restrooms don’t have toilet paper!!!


I’m a stickler for sunscreen and have switched to organic brand Coola 


Please share what is on your road trip packing list in comments below! What can you not drive without?

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