Not Your Average Road Trip Essentials

Hey, y’all! Officially a little under 2 weeks until our road trip to Tennessee from Florida. Not a typical commute for us. We’ve been planning for over a month now. I’ve been trying to be proactive making sure we have everything for our camping trip. No one wants to be uncomfortable or having to stop more than necessary. Amiright? Now it’s time to get the not your average road trip essentials together. 

Firstly, I like to be extra prepared for trips. I often have more than I need. I’m okay with that. I aim to be comfortable, entertained, clean, and charged. Under no circumstances is any of this necessary. If you are a grab and go person let’s hang out because hopefully, you’ll rub off on me. Haha. I tend to get super chilly in the car so I stay bundled up. While my husband would prefer the climate of the vehicle to mimic that of a tundra. No thank you. The driver needs to stay awake those so I make sure the man gets what he wants.

As for keeping charged, that’s a big one for us. We don’t have a GPS and I’m not forking out for navigation when my phone is perfectly capable. I’m not a fan of breaks but they are great for stretching and resetting. Our upcoming trip is roughly a 13-hour drive. Since we will be getting an awfully late start because of work that day, we decided we will be stopping at a truck stop. I don’t know about you be I’m not spending full price at any hotel for 4 hours of sleep. We plan to stop driving around 11 pm leaving us somewhere in Georgia. Waking up bright and early around 5 am to finish up for an early start. Very excited to head to Smokemont Campground!


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Neck pillow: This combo from amazing is the perfect find for your next trip. The contour of the pillow makes it ten times more comfortable too. 

Sunglasses: Sunnies are going to help keep the sun out so that you can get some proper shuteye if you’re traveling during the day.

Blanket: I freeze my butt off in the car so along with comfy clothes I always bring a blanket. This fleece throw blanket is the perfect size for in the car. 

Sunshades: If you don’t have window tint I would highly recommend these. We’ve used them in the past and they’ve been great to help keep down the heat in the car especially if you get stuck in traffic. That is a little bit of privacy.

Fuzzy socks: Keeping it comfy as usual. I may not wear socks to sleep but in the car, they are perfect if the blanket is too much. 


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Dual Adapter: No arguments on whosever battery is lower gets the charger. You both get it. And if you have other devices tablets you can charge that while still keeping your phone charged. I don’t know about you but my phone is usually my GPS so this girl needs the charger a lot. 

Vacuum: Probably going to snack along the way. I know I sure do. You’ll want to keep the vehicle clear of crumbs. It’s easier to clean up once your at your destination or home. 

Sauce Moto: I use these little guys even when I’m not on a road trip. Super convenient for dipping food to avoid a mess. 

Wheel Tray: Perfect to eat or work on the laptop if you have to stop. 


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Drink: Stay hydrated! I love using the liquid IV to my water for extra hydration and delicious flavor. 

Trail mix: This trail mix is my favorite from Target. I also really love moose munch from Bass Pro Shop! 

Sour patch: Just a personal favorite of mine.

Skinny Pop: Who doesn’t love popcorn?! My favorite is the white cheddar brand. Plus its gluten-free, non-GMO, and only 39 calories per cup.

Assorted Chocolates: With October around the corner, all the candy is calling my name on the shelves. I like this combo best! 

For the Kids

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Games: Keep them entertained! These are some fun travel bingo games for adults or kids I found on Amazon. 

Seat Organizers: Keeps all there stuff organized and allows them to enjoy tv while your driving. These make me what to ride in the back. Haha.

Art Tray: This probably isn’t my brightest idea but if the kids are a little older I think this is great! The tray itself is a whiteboard so they can doodle and write during the trip. Even has to insert for a tablet so they can follow along for writing activities. 

I hope this helps give you some ideas for your next trip! Tell me in the comments where you’ve been or where you are planning on going. I’d love to hear about it!

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