Things To Remember
Most road trips will never be picture perfect, so prepare well and take into consideration things that could go wrong! Our biggest tip is to allow flexibility! Whether that is being able to stay an extra night at a place you love or making a detour to a new town, give yourself some room to change your plans a bit.
Talk about your expectations and hopes with your travel buddies PRIOR to jumping in the car. Make a list of a few “must-see” places you want to go, and compare them with your car mates. You are about to be stuck in a very small place with these people, so the best thing you can do is to vocalize any concerns or pressing desires. And remember – have patience! The relationship and conversations you have with the people in your car will greatly affect the overall outcome of the trip.
Pack for an extra day or two! Depending on the length of your trip, it is always good to pack extra in case there is an emergency or you just decide to extend your trip a little longer. Take this into consideration when packing clothing, gas, snacks, etc.
It’s OKAY to stop. Your road trip is going to be far from fun if you are always pressed on time, not allowing enough bathroom breaks, stops for water/snack refills, or just the ability to pull over and stretch! Scenic viewpoints, local souvenir shops, and parks are our favorite places to pull over, get out, and take it all in.
- Combine a reusable cereal box (with press-on lid) and a trash bag to get the perfect travel size trash can.
- An inflatable pool chair/couch turned upside down serves as the perfect middle seat mattress!
- Bring a reusable Starbucks cup and stop at any Starbucks for a free water fill up (no purchase needed).
- Make a “sick bag” and fill it up with your go-to wellness supplies (E.g. Advil, Emergen-C, cough drops, essential oils, vitamins, etc.).
- Hang your purse, bags, groceries or trash bag on a carabiner off the back of your seat (attach the carabiner to headrest).
- Buy a multi-outlet adaptor so you have charge your camera battery, phone, and computer all at once!
- Strap your iPad to the back of the car seat or the front of your sun visor for the perfect movie set up.
- Give your car those aesthetic vibes by hanging twinkle lights.
see the full list of everything you need for your next road trip below
Ways to Organize
- We recommend the good ol’ packing cubes! This is a great way to pack your clothes for the day in one place, making it easy to grab on the go!
- Stash your little items (E.g. book, wallet, charger, headphones) under your seat in a packing cube or bin.
- Have a “Ready to Go” bag, tote, or day pack that is easy to grab when you are wanting to get out and explore.
- Pack by category and store in bins (E.g. Emergency/Repair bin or a snack bin).
- Make sure your “everyday things” are easily accessible and not on the very bottom of your stack as you pack up your car
Best Apps To Use
For Planning Your Road Trip
- Road Trippers
- Google Maps
- Weather App
For Finding the Best Places to Eat, or Things to Do
Finding Restrooms on the Road
- Sit or Squat
- Bathroom Scout
Finding Nearby Gas Station
For Keeping you entertained
- Spotify/ Apple Music (or another music app)
For Finding Nature
- All Trails
- National Parks
Finding Last-Minute Places to Stay