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The Best Road Trip Essentials You Need to Have

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Before you gas up and head to the car for your next travel experience, there are definitely some road trip essentials you need. Road trips are such a great way to travel because you can go at your own pace and also take breaks when you need to. Being able to stop when you want in the car is a wonderful way to explore new places along the journey. 

One of the things I often hear from people about taking road trips is they don’t know how to stay comfortable, occupied and organized in the car. To help not only make your travels easier, but also more fun, I created a list of the best road trip necessities. 

The best part of this list is that all of these accessories can be easily purchased right on Amazon, just like these best travel essentials, and most of these beauty travel essentials. So you know what to bring on a long car ride, while not spending a fortune, take a look at the 21 best road trip essentials you need to have

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What should you carry in your car for a road trip?

Since one of our family’s favorite ways to travel is by car, I have a lot of experience when it comes to this type of trip.

We drive everywhere including long weekend getaways from the Philly area, road trips to Disney World or even out west to one of my favorite resorts in Arizona.

Map in the car for a road trip essential

So what should you carry in your car for a road trip? 

Some ideas for what to bring on a long car ride are: water bottles, foam tire sealant, emergency roadside kit, fire extinguisher and of course a variety of non-perishable snacks.

These items can help in case something should happen to your car during your trip, because we always want to make sure we put safety first. 

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How do you pass time in a car ride?

How do you pass time in a car ride, especially when traveling with kids, can be a big question and worry for parents.

Of course kids and teens will most likely bring their electronics with them, but luckily I have some ideas for fun, non-tech road trip essentials too.  

Families can play the license plate game, road trip bingo, travel games, scavenger hunts, create photo journals and more.

Road trips are a great opportunity to talk, bond as a family, share stories and also catch up on some sleep (unless you are the driver). 

21 Best Road Trip Essentials 

Where should I go on a road trip?

There are so many wonderful road trips to take throughout the world.

If you need a little inspiration, here is a list of 10 of the world’s most spectacular road trips.

Within the USA some of my favorite road trip adventures are driving along the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara, Route 66, Page, Arizona and multiple destinations along the East Coast (Cape Cod, Boston, New York).

Route 66 sign

With all of these beautiful places to visit and road trips to take, you will always have somewhere new to explore. 

Now that you know the best road trip essentials you need to have, here are some additional travel tips for you: 



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Monday 28th of October 2019

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Thursday 24th of October 2019

I couldn't agree more about having the tumbler on a road trip, and especially once you reach your destination! Having it keep your drink cold for long periods of time is worth its weight in gold!