Whether you are going on a small road trip or a long family road trip, packing tips for road trips can help you immensely. It’s actually great to print off a list, from the Internet, and then check off your things as you pack them or get them ready. You do not have to use every item that may be on a list, instead pack what is going to fit in your vehicle with your passengers, and pack items that are important for the kind of trip you are taking.

You want to create happy memories and having things you need, can make your experience a great one. At the same time, it is important that the people who are with you have room to be comfortable on this trip as well. I am sure you have heard the saying “They pack everything except the kitchen sink when they go on a trip”. It’s true, some people do pack a lot, but they are probably, very organised. You can be too.

Emergency supplies

The first thing on the packing list that is important is the vehicle emergency list. This list contains things that will help you out in case of emergency. You will need the following:

  • torch
  • warning signs
  • booster cables, wrenches, screwdrivers and a set of sockets
  • a gallon of water for the car in case it gets overheated
  • first aid kit
  • warm clothes
  • drinking water
  • non-perishable foods and can opener
  • blankets and high vis jackets

You can easily put this in a small tote and keep it in your car at all times. Before you leave on a road trip just check and make sure you check it and see if it needs to be updated or refilled. Make sure you check your tyre pressure, oil and water before setting off.

Next, you want to pack a cooler that is in the car for easy access with snacks and drinks in for the journey.

Also, take a bag for all the rubbish in the car and at one of your stops empty it to keep your vehicle clean.


Take along some music CDs for the times when you are not able to get radio stations so that you have music to listen to. You may also want to take puzzle books. This can help to keep everyone busy during the long straight highways with nothing on them to see. Usborne have some fab travel puzzle books packed full of write-in activities including puzzles, word searches, dot-to-dot, spot-the-difference, mazes and more.

Electronics are something everyone wants to bring, however, do not forget the chargers for these items and battery packs.



To keep your child distracted and playful, get a Nintendo Switch car seat mount, with multiple adjustment options this switch mount will help you to get the perfect fit, for your car seat. It can also be easily installed and gives adjustable angles making it easier for your child to enjoy the trip. It is also compatible with any 7″-10″ tablet, smartphone or other devices.

Something to remember on any road trip is to never let your car get below a 1/4 of a tank of petrol. Fill up when you have the chance.

Great packing tips for your road trips are important. It will make your trip much more enjoyable. Bring emergency items for your vehicle, bring snacks in the car and maybe items to make a lunch at a rest stop, bring clothes for different types of weather as mother nature does change often, and take-along music and electronics.

Have a wonderful trip and enjoy your time together!


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71 Comments on Packing tips for road trips – giveaway

  1. Ideal prize for car journeys. Could use my phone as a personal wifi hotspot so the kids could watch youtube! Not sure I’d feel comfortable them playing games on it, on the go!

  2. This would be great for my stepdaughter, she lives just over an hour away from us so this would be a great addition for the car journeys there and back

  3. I think you’re absolutely right to stress the importance of not letting the kids get bored. There’s nothing that annoys the driver more than constantly hearing ‘are we there yet? I feel sick! I’m fed up. Are we there NOW???’

  4. My girls would love this for their switch. Hoping to drive to Austria when the travel restrictions are lifted so this would be very helpful in the car.

  5. Really useful article. Definitely good to have lots of things to entertain the children on the trip so you aren’t bombarded with ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ every minute of the journey!

  6. Great post. I think so many people forget about having emergency supplies in the car because they think it’ll never happen to them or they aren’t going far, but they can be so important.

  7. This would be great for when we take our grandson on long car journeys
    and with any luck it would stop him Saying
    Are we there yet !
    Great prize very useful x

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