Packing for a Road Trip

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Road trips are fun, no matter the distance, and no matter who you're traveling with and who you're visiting. I went on a road trip recently to see some friends of mine at my university, and it was an absolute blast.

I've taken quite a few car trips in my life, so I thought it'd be fun to share some of my tips with you. :)

For the car:
  • Great music is an absolute must. It passes the time of longer trips, and it's so much fun to sing along to the latest pop hit at the moment OR play the full CD of one of your favorite bands.
  • Great snacks are also a must. Pack before you go, or wait until you fill up for gas to pick some up.
  • Coffee is a good idea for early morning trips, whether you're driving or not. I absolutely love coffee anyway, but just the thought of some kind of warm drink while traveling on the road makes me happy, especially if it's cold outside.
  • If you're a passenger, bring a great novel along. These not only pass time, but are just great to enjoy while riding on seemingly endless stretches of road.
  • It's a good idea to pack set outfits. What I mean by that is to plan out each outfit for each day you'll be traveling, including the days you'll be in the car. Just be aware of climate and what you'll be doing while on your trip. (I'll admit this is easier to do on shorter trips, but it takes a lot of the guesswork of deciding what to wear when you're getting ready for the adventures ahead.)
  • Take a camera! Whether you're using your phone or your DSLR, documenting the trip in some way makes it so much fun to look back on the memories you made.
  • Pack light if possible. The less you pack, the easier it will be to not only carry to your destination, but also to pack amidst your traveling buddies' duffel bags.

I hope these tips helped you out if you have a trip coming up. Happy traveling! :)


  1. These are really helpful! The only one I can never seem to do is "to pack lightly". I try, but I 'm one of those people who are always over-prepared when packing. I normally pack like two sweatshirts on vacation to the beach in the summertime. I hope that one day I can master the skill of packing lightly, but at least I'm always prepared, right? ;)

    1. Eve, you just gave me a great idea for a future blog post! ;) Packing lightly is normally pretty hard for me, too. I just had to pack for last weekend in a duffel bag and was only there for 2 nights. But I agree, I like to be prepared. :)