Ultimate road trip essentials and packing list

Are you gearing up for a road trip? Whether you’re planning a romantic escape or a family getaway, making sure you’ve packed your road trip essentials can take the stress away.

At PSD Vehicle Hire, we’re passionate about helping you make the most of your journey.

That’s why we’ve compiled the ultimate road trip essentials and packing list to ensure you’re fully prepared for whatever adventure lies ahead!

1. Vehicle checks

Before your journey, your vehicle must be in optimal condition. Take the time to inspect the oil, tyres, brakes, and lights to guarantee a safe and enjoyable ride.

When renting a vehicle from PSD Vehicle Hire, you can trust our commitment to meticulous maintenance, providing peace of mind throughout your travels.

2. Navigation

paper map inside car

While GPS and map directions on smartphones are convenient and easily accessible, it’s always wise to have a backup in case of emergencies.

Remember to pack a physical map or a GPS Sat Nav in case you need to navigate remote areas where the signal may be unreliable.

3. Comfort

Long hours on the road can take a toll on your comfort. Pack items like pillows, blankets, and supportive cushions to make the journey more pleasant for everyone onboard.

4. Snacks and drinks

holding bagel inside car

Perhaps the most important road trip essential of all is the snacks! Keep hunger and thirst at bay by stocking up on all your favourite snacks and drinks for the journey.

Stick to non-perishable items like granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits for a healthier option. Or indulge in your favourite crisps, chocolates, and sweet treats to make the journey more enjoyable.

Of course, you should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and alert.

5. Emergency kit

Even though emergencies are few and far between, unexpected moments of panic can still occur. It’s important to be equipped with a car emergency kit and pack items that could help you in crisis. Below are some essential items:

  • Pain relievers like paracetamol and children’s medicine
  • Basic first aid supplies (bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, etc.)
  • Insect repellent, mosquito net, and sting relief
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Eye drops
  • Torch
  • Jumper cables
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Emergency contact information (written down)
  • Ice scraper/de-icer
  • Necessary chargers
  • Blanket
  • Basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash)

6. Entertainment

Keep boredom at bay with entertainment options for all ages. Load up on audiobooks, podcasts, music playlists, and road trip games to keep everyone entertained during the journey.

7. Cameras and photography

woman taking picture on phone from inside car

Capture memories along the way with a camera or smartphone. From scenic landscapes to unexpected roadside attractions, you’ll want to preserve those unforgettable moments.

8. Reusable bags

If you’re hiring a car through monthly car rental, you should make sure you’re leaving the vehicle in good condition for the next roadtripper. Stay organised and eco-friendly by bringing along reusable bags for cleaning up, shopping, storing snacks, or collecting souvenirs along the way.

9. Clothes

Pack versatile clothing suitable for various weather conditions. Layering is key, especially if you’ll be travelling through different climates. Don’t forget essentials like suncream, hats, sunglasses, and rain gear. Some clothing essentials include:

  • Tops (short and long)
  • Trousers
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets/coats
  • Smart-casual attire (suitable for dining out)
  • Socks
  • Pyjamas or comfy sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

10. Documents

Keep important documents such as your driver’s license, car rental agreement, insurance papers, and any necessary permits or maps handy for easy access.

Road Trip Essentials Checklist

  • Blankets and pillows
  • Clothing for all types of weather
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, face wash
  • Comfortable shoes for walking and driving
  • Travel towels
  • Compact backpack for carrying necessities
  • Sleeping bags
  • Torch
  • Hairbrush and hair accessories
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Sunscreen and facial moisturiser with SPF
  • Lip balm with SPF protection
  • Products for sunburn relief
  • Prescribed medications

Are you ready to start your adventure?

By following this comprehensive road trip essentials and packing list, you’ll be well-equipped to embark on an unforgettable adventure with confidence and peace of mind.

At PSD Vehicle Rental, we’re here to support you every step of the way. So buckle up, hit the open road, and let the journey begin!

If you have any questions regarding monthly car rental – either about the makes and models we provide or our competitive rates – please get in touch.

Either call us on 0345 222 1022 or send an email to info@psdvehiclerental.co.uk and we’ll get back to you ASAP.