What to pack for a road trip (free PDF packing list)

What to Pack for a Road Trip – Free PDF Packing List Brought to you by: MikesRoadTrip.com

Everyone loves a good road trip, but unfortunately we often forget something. For this very reason, I came up with the ultimate what to pack for a road trip packing list to help make sure nothing is left behind. Of course, each of us have our own wants and needs when going on a road trip, so use this road trip checklist as a guide. You can also download the Road Trip Packing List (checklist) below, where you can print it out and mark off everything once it is in the vehicle.

Road Trip packing list by MikesRoadTrip.com

WHAT TO PACK FOR ROAD TRIP GENERAL GEAR What to pack for a Road Trip - Packing List of gear

  • Water bottle(s) insulated ones are great
  • Toilet Paper
  • USB cable for your phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Packable towel
  • Body/wet wipes
  • Rubber bands
  • Entertainment, i.e. tablet/phone with music, movies and books
  • Plastic bags, one large, several small
  • Hat
  • Pillow & blanket
  • Extra batteries
  • Bungie cords.
  • Phone holder
  • Umbrella
  • Hand lotion
  • Small toiletry kit (tooth brush, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Tide To-Go Pen
  • Small ice chest/cooler
  • Plastic utensils
  • Sunshade/window shade
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Extra money hidden in the car
  • Playlist of road trip songs
  • Reusable shopping bag

WHAT TO PACK FOR ROAD TRIP SNACKSRoad trip packing list for snacks

  • Jerky
  • Nutrition/protein bars
  • Kettle Corn
  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Cut up fruit
  • Trail-mix
  • Nuts
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Hummus and veggies
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Drinks

WHAT TO PACK FOR A ROAD TRIP EMERGENCY KITWhat to pack for a Road Trip emergency kit packing list

  • Fix-a-flat (sometimes having a spare tire is not enough).
  • Adjustable wrench and some basic tools, such as screwdrivers and a multi-use knife (Swiss Army).
  • Duck tape (so helpful for many applications).
  • Backup battery for your phone.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Blanket.
  • Lighter and/or matches.
  • Flairs.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Solar charger.
  • Bug repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Collapsible water bottle.
  • Iodine water purification tablets.
  • Pain killers/anti-inflammatory pills like Benadryl
  • String
  • Tow strap and/or rope
  • Gloves
  • Pancho

ROAD TRIP VEHICLE SAFETY CHECKLISTRoad Trip tips that could save your life

  • Check tire air pressure.
  • All fluids (Radiator, windshield fluid, brake, oil and transmission).
  • Make sure you have a car jack in good working order.
  • Check your spare tire, make sure it is in good condition and properly inflated.
  • Make sure the battery posts and cables are free from corrosion.
  • Squeeze all of the hoses to make sure they are in good condition and not cracked.
  • Check your belt(s) to make sure they do not have cracks in them.
  • Inspect the tire tread and overall health of the tires.
  • Check wiper blades and defroster

What to pack for a road trip in the winterROAD TRIP PACKING LIST FOR WINTER ITEMS

  • Snow Shovel
  • Ice Scraper
  • Winter grade windshield wiper fluid
  • Cold weather gear/clothes
  • Hand warmer
  • Tire Chains


  • Power inverter
  • Water filter
  • Empty Gas container
  • Extra engine oil
  • Dry bag
  • Small backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Mini Bluetooth speaker

If you can think of any additional items to add to this road trip packing list, please leave a comment below so that we can add them. Click the following link if you’d like some life saving road trip tips.

What to pack for a road trip (Free PDF packing list) by MikesRoadTrip.com

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Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. Thank you for these helpful packing lists. Is there a link to download the 2019 updated packing list? I see items on there that I don’t see on the older list.

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