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What To Pack For Long Road Trips

Updated on September 30, 2016

There are many different things you want to pack on your road trip. All the ones for inside the car need to be easily accessable because you don't want to stop every hour to get something new to do. It is always a good idea to keep an extra change of clothes for the kids accessable too in case one of the kids gets car sick or spills something or has an accident. All the suitcases can be in the back along with any other items you are not going to need until you reach your destination.


In these lists you will find items that you should have near the person they are for. Easily accessible and easy to use items make the inside of the car a lot less cluttered. Make each person their own carry along bag to put all their stuff in and mark each bag with the persons name so they don't get mixed up.


  • Phone with car charger
  • MP3 player with headphones
  • Books to read
  • Puzzle Books
  • Hand Sanatizer
  • Bandaids
  • Slip On Shoes (for the car ride)
  • Camera with charger or batteries
  • Pillow and Blanket


  • Arts and Crafts (coloring books, yarn, pencils, crayons, blank white paper, etc.
  • MP3 player with Headphones (make sure to load it with your kids' music before you leave)
  • Nintendo DS (can use MP3 player headphones)
  • Movies (in case you have a DVD player in the vehicle)
  • Books
  • Slip On Shoes (for the car ride)
  • Pillow and Blanket
  • Pipe Cleaners (assorted colors for hours of creating and not messy at all)


It's always good to pack a little medical bag along with your suitcases. That way if someone is sick, the migranes set in, or you need the first aide items, you have them.

  • Childrens medicine (tylenol, cough medicine, motrin, etc)
  • Peptobismol
  • Adult Medicine (dayquil, nyquil, tylenol, sudafed, motrin, etc)

The beginning of my "zebra bag" medical bag I take with us wherever we go.  It doesn't have to be a HUGE bag.  Just big enough to hold the essentials.
The beginning of my "zebra bag" medical bag I take with us wherever we go. It doesn't have to be a HUGE bag. Just big enough to hold the essentials. | Source
  • Dramamine (motion sickness medicine for the way home)
  • Bandaids
  • Neosporin
  • Tweezers
  • A Needle or straight pin (in case of splinters)
  • A set of glasses screws with the screwdriver (I have needed this many times LOL)
  • Medicine Dispenser
  • Small Scissors
  • Mini Mirror
  • Q-Tips
  • Extra Epi-Pen (for those who need one)
  • Extra Razor Stick and Heads
  • A Comb or Pick


  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Baby Wipes (great for messy hands)
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Sanatizer
  • Change (in case you run into a toll booth)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Updated GPS
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flash Light
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry Bag for Dirty Clothes
  • Cooler to hold drinks and snacks´╗┐


Depending on where you are traveling to will depend a lot on what goes into the suitcase.

  • Pack an extra 2 days of clothes (for those just in case moments)
  • Socks and Underware
  • Pants, Skirts, Shorts
  • Shirts, Long Sleeve shirts, Tank Tops
  • Shoes, Sandles, Flip-Flops
  • Always pack a swim suit no matter where or how long the vacation is going to be
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Hair care products (shampoo and conditioner, hair ties and clips, hair brush, hair spray or gel)


  • Healthy snacks (chocolate covered raisens, cranberrys, cherry's, mini carrot sticks, 100 calorie pack snack, etc.)
  • Individually Wrapped Snacks (chips, pretzels, small candy, granola bars, etc.)
  • Mini Drinks (apple juice, orange juice) or Drinks with Lids (bottle of water, water bottle from your house, etc)
  • Ziploc bags of snacks (gold fish, chips, etc. The things you can buy in a big container and seperate yourself)


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    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      ercramer36 - I'm glad to hear your wife has everything covered on your road trips :) Gotta keep those kids busy! Thanks for the votes and the comment

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      Eric Cramer 

      7 years ago from Chicagoland

      Great ideas! My wife does a great job packing a ton of activities for our kids. Voted Up!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      leahlefler - Excellent idea about the kindle fire. We got a Thrive and the kids love to play games on it as well. Wosrt part about that is we only have one LOL Thanks for the comment :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      7 years ago from Western New York

      MP3 player and GPS are definitely must-haves! Along with the DVD player for the kids, haha - we thought about getting Nintendo DS units for the kids, but now I'm leaning toward a Kindle Fire (they can play the apps and the apps are a lot cheaper than Nintendo games). We always pack a medical kit because of my younger son's needs, but it is a good idea for everyone to have some emergency first-aid supplies!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Simone - If I didn't have a list for the adults too, we would walk out of the house without anything for us LOL. My husband would be lost without me :) thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      teaches12345 - I am a bit of a seasoned traveler I guess :) I'm so excited for this road trip coming up! I always have one or two small waters in my purse (because I can fit everything to include a kitchen sink in there, LOL) and the basic bandaids and neosporin and such. Thanks for the votes and comment!

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      davecurtis - thanks for the comment :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      This is a great collection of lists! I had never thought to pack a medical bag, but see just how important it would be to have one. Props on providing a list of things for adults as well as kids, too. Nobody should be neglected!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      You are a very seasoned traveler and have great advice to share. I agree with all your tips, this is a checklist to keep handy for when you begin to pack. We make sure that we always have plenty of water, healthy snacks and first aid kids as a basic need. Voted way up!

    • davecurrtis profile image


      7 years ago

      Keeping the kids busy during long trips is not a challenge if you've got these list in mind.

    • CassyLu1981 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      tjdavis - I'm kind of looking forward to the day where I only have to pack one bag and worry about my husband on a road trip LOL. I can't even imagine how "easy" that will be! With us getting ready to do this trip, I am hoping I remember everything but I can guarentee there will be something I forget! Thanks for the comment :)

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      Teresa Davis 

      7 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      LOL..incredible hug. I'm so glad I do not travel with children cut my packing down hugely. My husband and I travel a lot and you have brought up a few things I have forgotten and then kicked myself for forgetting :-)


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