The Ultimate List of Road Trip Essentials

black audi on road surrounded by mountains

After driving hundreds of miles a day, we really learned to identify gear that improved our ability to travel well and have fun doing it. We wanted to share our insight to help those who are new to roadtripping or just looking for new tips and tricks.

When we first started out there were several items we initially thought were essential (looking at you, Vitamix – I know, I know…) only to find they did not warrant the valuable space they occupied. Through trial and error we discovered some great and practical items that made our trip much more comfortable and enjoyable. This is our current list and we’re always looking for ways to make it better but as it stands these are personal items that we bring on almost all long-distance road trips. You may decide that some of our items aren’t essential to you or your family and that’s okay!

For reference we don’t have a large car – we’re driving a sedan – and it can be a very tight squeeze when traveling with animals but we make it work. Due to our size constraints we focus on space saving items – if you have any thoughts or suggestions on our list, please let us know in the comment section below. We love to hear from our community and look forward to sharing your tips!

Our priority is packing in such a way that we hit the sweet spot of comfort and organization while using as little space as possible. If you’re traveling with other people you may be able to share some of these items and therefore save on space.


Personal Items

Car Comfort and Organization



Tech Gadgets


Travel Apps



Car Emergency Kit

First Aid Kit

If you’re on a schedule and need to see all the recommendations now in an easy to digest format I’ve created a printable spreadsheet with each of the above categories and their corresponding items and recommendations which can be found here.

If you’re looking for travel tips instead of a gear list please keep an eye out for our upcoming list of road trip travel tips.

We were not paid in any way for these reviews and recommendations. All of these items were purchased with our own money. We strongly prefer to shop locally when and where possible. If you do, however, decide to to purchase an item via the links provided we will earn a small percentage and be immensely grateful for your support.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them below! And if you’re curious about other items we bring during our travels, sign up for our mailing list below to have updates delivered directly to your inbox – or just keep checking back here.

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  2. Great post! I love the photo of your car with the snowy mountains.

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