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Roadtrip Essentials: A Guide to Roadtrip Adventures

There is nothing better than being out on the open road. You just can’t beat the feeling of riding the wind, with your hand out of the window, taking in the winding tracks and beaten roads in-between the voluminous vast landscapes. The independence and flexibility of spending a couple of days or weeks away from home is exciting. Exploring somewhere you’ve never been before and wild camping to wake up amongst it all. Compared to typical holidays (we may have forgotten what they’re like) family road trips are more about the journey rather than the final destination. The memories that you make from A-B is what really makes your trip away. However, in order to make the most of your upcoming road trips, the following packing list essentials will ensure that your next adventure is manageable, safe and fun.

Whether you’re heading abroad or taking a staycation this guide will have you cruising in comfort mode. Literally. It pays to be prepared so make sure you write down some pointers or simply, print this off for your reference. Happy travels Trespassers!

Road Trip Packing List:

  1. Car documents
  2. Car MOT (thoroughly check wheels, brakes, oil, water and gas before heading on your travels)
  3. Phone/sat nav holder for your car
  4. First aid kit and personal medicine
  5. Hand sanitiser
  6. Toilet paper
  7. Toiletry bag (including personal skincare, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, soap/body wash and wet wipes)
  8. Small mirror (or you can just use your car’s rear-view mirror!)
  9. Poncho/cape
  10. Blanket/trail blankets
  11. Travel pillows
  12. Backpack/day bag (Planning on exploring? A day bag is perfect for your essentials)
  13. Waterproof bag cover
  14. Water bottles
  15. Food bags and clips
  16. Waterproof jacket/waterproof trousers
  17. Leggings
  18. Shorts (for hopeful warmer days)
  19. Fleeces
  20. Packable waterproof jacket
  21. Hiking boots/hiking shoes
  22. Underwear and socks
  23. Swimwear (if applicable)
  24. Insect repellent spray
  25. High factor suncream (for your face and body) and lip balm
  26. Hat and sunglasses
  27. Torch
  28. Hand-held fan
  29. Flip-flops, sliders or even better… Crocs
  30. Toiletry bag with a hook
  31. Safe bag
  32. Music speaker
  33. Hydration tablets
  34. Stove (if cooking), gas can + lighter
  35. Cutlery
  36. Collapsible box (great for taking dirty dishes to campsite cleaning station)
  37. Mini fridge or a cool bag/box
  38. Ice for cool bag/box
  39. Water containers including collapsible water containers
  40. Food (of course)
  41. Tent, expandable camping table, padded camping chair, and groundsheet
  42. Washing line and pegs
  43. A good podcast or playlist
  44. Set of cards
  45. Stainless steel flask or travel mug

Car Journey Games

  • I spy – the OG.
  • Guess the time
  • Hold your breath (in tunnels)
  • Quiet game (yip, we like this one best…)
  • The alphabet game
  • Licence plate game

Best Driving Songs

  • On The Road Again – Willie Nelson
  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
  • Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
  • Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
  • Hey Ya! – OutKast
  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • Rockstar – Nickelback
  • Mr Brightside – The Killers
  • Dance Monkey – Tones & I (the kids’ will want this one on repeat…)
  • Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
  • Happy – Pharell Williams
  • All The Small Things – Blink 182