How to Prepare on a Road Trip
Use duffle bags for most of your luggage it’s easier to stack and squeeze soft bags into any car arrangement that you need. If you’re stopping overnight, pack one bag with sleep essentials and next day clothes so it’s compact and ready to go. You can use a soft, wheeled suitcase for this if you have a lot of people. Finally, each person can keep a small bag like a tote or backpack next to their own seats for easily-accessible snacks and activities.
- We use this duffle bag on our road trips it’s compact, has several pockets for easy organization, and it’s even slash-proof. This slightly larger duffle bag is great for longer trips or two people who like to keep it simple and share one bag.
- This insulated tote bag doubles as an ice chest and it folds up nicely when not in use.
Wear clothes that are loose and breathable, and that you’re comfortable being seen in at stops. Dark colors hide dirt, stains, and wrinkles better. Even for long trips, you only need two bottoms and a few tops, especially if you can do laundry at hotels or your destination.
- A drawstring laundry bag works if you do need to store dirty garments.
- This portable laundry system wash bag is perfect for doing laundry on the road!
- Make sure to take weather into account if it’s often rainy, keep some waterproof items like travel umbrellas and backpack rain covers in easy reach, and light layers if it might get cold.
It’s cheaper to bring snacks from home than buying them at a gas station, and you have healthier options. Freeze-dried fruit and veggies are nicely crunchy and lightweight, while nuts and seeds can satisfy you with salts and protein.
Mix your items together in ziplock bags to create your own trail mix if you want add a handful of chocolate chips for something sweet , and keep personal portions on-hand with bulk bags in the trunk so you can refill at stops. Less individually-wrapped items cut down on trash, but if you have favorite snack bars, bring a few anyway.
- Stock up on nature bars for a quick snack on the road or throw in your daypack for hiking.
- These stainless steel tupperware containers are awesome for road trips because they are completely leak proof plus they are non toxic and eco friendly
- Bulk bags of trail mix will save time with less trash to pick up, plus it’s better for the environment.
- Wet wipes make for convenient cleanup. These wipes are even biodegradable!