The Road Trip Essentials Packing Checklist

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If you’re you’re planning to hit the road and you need a list of all the tested and trusted essentials for a successful trip, you’re in the right place. It’s usually the small things that can’t be easily gotten that can stress you out the most; from an extra charger to an extra pair of socks.

One of the reasons why it’s trickier to pack for a road trip especially when you’re not traveling in your own car is, you have to try to fit all your things into as little space as possible so you have less luggage to deal with.  Whether you’re doing a cross country road trip, going for Afro Nation or just taking a few days to explore your own back yard – I’ve put together the ultimate road trip packing list to aid your preparation for a breezy journey.


Extra cash: It is always the safest practice to have extra emergency cash stashed away when you’re on a trip. Enough in cash, then some extra in case of an emergency.
Sunglasses – Except you don’t mind squinting till your eyes almost bail on you, you need a pair or of sunglasses. (2 in case one gets broken.)
Light Towel – In case you get caught up in the rain, end up in a bar with a pool or your hotel has funny towels, your own towel comes in handy.
Extra charger – What if your charger gets blown in the middle of the night? Or you lose it?
Water bottle – Water is expensive in some parts and it can be clumsy lugging around a plastic bottle of water. Also, if you get stranded, staying hydrated is crucial.
Travel Pillow – You can forget your passport but not your pillow. Just kidding but a travel pillow comes in very very handy. A nap on the bus, lounging on the beach or by the pool you can’t get too comfortable. and comfortable people are happy people.
Travel Mug – With a sealable cap, it doesn’t take up too much space and its great for hot and cold drinks or a quick snack fix on the go.
A notebook, pen, and pencil – Your phone might have just enough battery to take down your destination and you’ll need something to write that.
Mosquito Repellant/bug spray
First Aid Kit – Being in the car with a headache and/or muscle strain/injury is like traveling with the proverbial wicked mother-in-law. or a nagging husband (not like I’ve ever done it but I’ve seen it in movies and it looks painful). I imagine it’ll be worse with a runny stomach. Your first-aid bag should have painkillers, antibiotic ointments, allergy drugs, plaster, wet swab/dry swab and whatever drugs you need.
Flipflops – literally lifesavers.
Flashlight – In case the car decides to break down on a night the moon isn’t out. Nobody prays for that but it’s a possibility that you have to be prepared for.
Offline maps – Navigation in a strange town can be a task, especially if you can’t communicate. You might not always have access to wifi, an offline map will save you from getting lost.
Organizer/Packing cubes – To optimize space in your bag and to arrange it such that you don’t end up emptying the bag every time you need something from it.
Trash bag – Can be used as a quick fix to separate your clean clothes from the dirty ones, etc etc.
Universal adaptor 


Toiletry Bag – A bathroom bag is essential to put all the below items in and keep everything handy.
Wet Wipes – Wet wipes or baby wipes are essentially a shower in a pack. Ladies, I can’t even stress how important this is. For emergencies or a quick re-fresh.
Hand Sanitizer
Mints / Mouthwash  – There’s nothing like fresh minty breath for a quick pick me up
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Body wash & lotion.
Sunscreen – Never forget the sunscreen.
Toilet Roll- It is extra safe to always have one handy.

If you’re traveling in your own vehicle , you’ll have the luxury of filling up your car with more stuff but for a backpacker, you can easily throw travel-size versions of most of these things in a small suitcase and it’ll make a huge difference in your trip.

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