13 Best Essentials for Family Road Trips

13 Best Essentials for Family Road Trips

By Rachel Green

Road tripping is always adventurous and fun, not just getting it from starting point to the endpoint, but to watch the hidden beauty of nature, which you will never get if you fly. However, the road trip comes with many challenges and inconveniences, the maximum time it is costly.

To make your road trip easier with your family, we are bringing you the top 13 essentials to pick for your trip and why those items are necessary for your journey.

 

Top 13 Essentials for Family Road Trips

 

  1. An Infant Car Seat:

If you have a cute baby and you want to share the road trip beauty with him, then you must need the best infant car seat to ensure safety and security while your baby is in the car. For toddlers, travel seat is essential because kids are not used to with travelling more extended amount of time so, the travel seat will fit with their body and provide ease on longtime sitting.

 

  1. Map App or Paper Maps:

In any journey, getting lost is a very common issue. So, pick a paper map, if the internet connection is not available or you want to keep some phone battery full for your trip. We suggest you download the destination map offline and get a clear idea before you start the journey. The google map and maps me let you use map data offline with no GSP requirement. No more getting lost fellas!

 

  1. Power Bank or Battery Pack:

Of course, you are taking your phone, laptop, and other gadgets on your road trip. On the road trip, you may use the cellular network all the time, hear some music via connecting Bluetooth, and a lot more. It means you need to charge your phone most often. A power bank is one of the most useful things that you should consider taking it with you while travelling. The Battery pack is helpful if you are going to have a more extended trip and if you are packing battery hungry gadgets. You take one of them, and you don’t need to worry about finding hotels or restaurants to juice up your gears.

 

  1. First Aid Kit:

You always need to be prepared for any unexpected accidents. As a conscious person, you need to pack a full-size first aid kit that contains 120 medical-grade emergency items that are specially made for trips and adventures. The first aid kit contains medium bandages, compass, antiseptic wipes, instant ice pack, cotton tip, mini aid guide, and lot more essential medical accessories.

 

  1. Air Mattress:

If you are planning to stay over with your friends or camping, it is vital to consider grabbing an air mattress with you. Bringing an air mattress will guarantee a comfortable space for sleeping. Sometimes, you are busy enjoying the trip and haven’t started preparing your sleeping space; with an air mattress, you need a few minutes to make one.

 

  1. Emergency Car Kits:

You should never leave home without packing emergency car kits before you start a long drive. The car kit contains a flashlight, emergency hammer, jumper cables, screwdriver, duct tape, emergency poncho, reusable zipper-lock bag, and lot more car essentials that not only save you from trouble but also save your life down the road.

 

  1. A Portable Cooler:

It is always a great idea to keep a cooler near to your arm from the driver seat. Most of the people who went on road trips know that the options of foods are minimal during the road trip so, to keep fresh your own food supplies are a healthier option. The cooler is a beneficial companion to keep meals and drinks fresh during the ride.

 

  1. Daypack:

A daypack is always very essential if you are going out for a walk. Throwing some essential items like snacks, wallet, charger, sun cream, and a dry towel will give ease on getting out for a walk. Besides, if you are interested in carrying your baby while walking, consider packing the best baby carrier to free up your hand throughout the whole journey.

 

  1. Travel Umbrella:

The weather of the traveling destination is unpredictable, and you can never know when you face rain or snowstorm. It is always a great idea to keep a windproof travel umbrella with you to protect from unpredictable weather. The best travel umbrellas are easy to flip, and it can protect from sun heat, rain, and snowstorms.

 

  1. Packing Cubes

Of course, you want to keep everything organized and accessible. To make things even more comfortable, packing cube comes in, which will make you accessories organized in cubes and readily available in any situation. The cubs come with a verity of colors, meaning you can sort everyone’s utilities by color.

 

  1. Car Seat Organizer:

With all your accessories, a full-sized car can quickly get messy. To keep things clean and organized, the car seat organizer will help you a lot. The kid’s toy, water bottle, feeder got under the seats so, keeping them clean as well as grab all the items near your hands; insert a car seat organizer behind the back of the front seats.

 

  1. Travel Neck Pillow:

If you are not driving the car, you may need a neck pillow to sleep comfortably into the vehicle. Spending hours into a car is a tiresome task to do and can be quickly feeling uncomfortable after a few hours. It will keep you relaxed and support your neck when you need peace from boredom.

 

  1. Portable Trash Can:

In every road trip, trash can take up a lot of space and make your car messy. It is also not possible to find a dustbin in a running journey to free up trash. Picking a trash can will help you enjoy a trash-free environment and let you keep things organized.

 

Conclusion:

Enjoying a road trip with family and friends is always an enjoyable moment for all. Make sure you pack all the suggested items and be safe. Take as many photographs as you can and share them with us.

 

 

Hi there - I am Rachel Green mom of one little girl and the sweetest boy in the universe.

My mission is to help every parent inspiring them to do fun things such as life abroad, motherhood, feminism, self-care, and travel.

32 thoughts on “13 Best Essentials for Family Road Trips

  • June 14, 2020 at 11:09 am
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    Road trips can be so stressful. But following your tips and list on what to pack is so helpful.

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  • June 12, 2020 at 3:52 am
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    Paper maps are essential for family road trips especially if you are traveling outside of the normal cities. I also believe it is never bad to bring extra water and food just in case. You ever know if you get lose and may need to camp out for one night.

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  • June 4, 2020 at 5:15 pm
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    I definitely need to grab the car seat organizer. We usually travel to my in-laws place and having a car seat organizer is helpful. This is a great list.

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  • June 3, 2020 at 3:02 pm
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    This is such a useful list of things one should carry. I do pack most of the things from the list, but I haven’t included air mattress so far. Thank you for this. I must buy one soon. And, yes packing cubes are best thing when comes to travel and packing.

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  • June 3, 2020 at 2:11 pm
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    There are some really good tips here for sure. I deffo agree about having a map app and also a paper map as a back up x

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  • June 2, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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    Yup! Totally agree on all of them. I would also add plenty of backseat entertainment for the kiddos, pref non-electronic. My girls love to read and draw, so we always pack a stack of (new-to-them thrift-store finds) books that we can cycle through, and a set of drawing supplies for each.

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  • June 2, 2020 at 2:20 pm
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    This is priceless. I always forget my Power Bank. Also the umbrella. Those are the things we forget easily. I am going to print out your list for my next trip. Thanks

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  • June 2, 2020 at 9:43 am
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    These are all great suggestions for family road trip essentials. I always take ipads and other distractions for the kids to make the journey easier for them.

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  • June 2, 2020 at 5:49 am
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    Road trips are such a good way of traveling to places! The car seat organizer is one of the best things to use with kids 🙂

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  • June 2, 2020 at 4:46 am
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    Travelling alone on road is different and with family is different. All these are very essential needs. Especially the neck pillow.

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  • June 2, 2020 at 4:21 am
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    I guess I’ll add an air mattress in our list coz sometimes kids are feeling tired just by a long drive. We don’t need baby stuff anymore.

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  • June 1, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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    Love you put power bank!!! Heck yes! AND CABLES! These are two must haves on our road trips. Gotta have em for those maps/directions!

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  • June 1, 2020 at 5:59 pm
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    I am always quite nervous when travelling with my little one so planning everything takes a bit of the pressure away. This is a great list. The car seat organizer is a fantastic thing.

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  • June 1, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    It’s thoughtful of you to highlight to us the essentials required for a family road trip. It’s a good checklist to put by one’s side.

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  • June 1, 2020 at 5:13 pm
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    I love road trips and I understand how important it is to take care of the essentials to travel with. For example, I can’t imagine a trip without power bank. I overuse my phone so much for taking pictures and videos, I always run out of batteries. Thanks for the list of essentials you have provided. Agree with you!

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  • June 1, 2020 at 12:29 pm
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    I love road trips. I think except for the first one which is the infant seat, everything else is a must have during a road trip, for every one not just for families. I am planning to go on lots of road trips once the virus thing finishes, so I will make sure I have all these in my car.

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  • June 1, 2020 at 9:52 am
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    We love road trips around Europe and travel neck pillows are a must for comforts during long drives. I love the ideas of cooler for cold drinks and fresh food. Your list will definitely come handy for our next trip.

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  • June 1, 2020 at 8:09 am
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    Air mattresses are a great invention aren’t they? I was never really a big fan of camping, until we invested in an air mattress. As soon as we had one I became a big fan of camping, it just makes It’s a much better experience. You’ve got to have the right kind of pump though, those manual ones are a bit too much like hard work, but the ones you plug into the cigarette lighter of your car are a blessing.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 7:14 pm
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    A very useful list of items to take with you on a road trip. Since international travel is uncertain, most people will probably look into road trips in the next few months.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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    Not being too much of a road traveler probably now I would become one with so much restrictions on traveling to different cities here in India and our trips abroad. I am now planning to do short 2-3 days trips to places near my city which are still unexplored. Your list is very exhaustive and most are essentials that I would keep ticking when I am about to start traveling from July.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 10:32 pm
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    Yes these are all super helpful and for sure the extra battery charger!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Great list, I haven’t’ been able to do too many road trips with my young kids yet but look forward to the day we can. I will have to remember a few of these for when we do finally get out of the house 🙂

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  • May 30, 2020 at 4:38 am
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    I haven’t seen portable trash cans like that before! I will definitely have to look into them. Thanks!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 1:18 am
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    These are all good things to have for a road trip. Traveling with kids is definitely an adventure!

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  • May 29, 2020 at 10:26 pm
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    OMGosh yes! You have the best list for family road trip essentials! I know that these items came in handy when we took our family road trips. Glad you shared this useful information.

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  • May 29, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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    I always bring a paper map because sometimes GPS isn’t reliable. I also bring a cooler for cold drinks, fruit and yogurt.

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  • May 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm
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    Wow, I really don’t think you missed anything, this seems like such a complete list for families going on road trips!

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  • May 29, 2020 at 2:19 am
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    Going on a road trip has become quite hi-tech. I swear by map apps and always have my power banks ready. The plug-in cooler is a great idea and I have recently taken my travel pillow in the car with me (it used to be only used for air travel).

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  • May 29, 2020 at 2:11 am
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    We are a family of road trippers! Absolutely love it! Even if we have a lot of experience your list of essentials things for a family road trip is really helpful! We have never use the packing cubes before but I know a lot of families love them!

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  • May 28, 2020 at 11:57 pm
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    Such a great list! We plan on taking a road trip soon so this is so helpful!

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