Road Trip Travel Travel Tips

Family Road Trip Packing List Printable (The Ultimate Checklist!)

By
on
May 29, 2020

As seasoned road-trippers, we have our family road trip packing list (+printable) both memorized and perfected.

With the limited space offered by your family vehicle, paired with the stress of not wanting to forget anything, packing for a family road trip can be a daunting task.

Our family road trip checklist includes the ultimate combination of essentials and entertainment and ensures that we bring just enough and never too much when traveling from Point A to Point B (and all places in between!).

Use our tried-and-true family road trip packing list printable to feel good while gearing up for your next road trip adventure!

Top U.S. family travel blog Travel With A Plan, shares their family road trip packing list printable!

Family Road Trip Packing List: Car Essentials

When stressing over the road trip essentials that must be packed for adults, kids, and pets, it’s easy to forget about the most important thing – your vehicle!

Taking care of your vehicle and bringing along the following items to ensure your safety are essential components of a successful family road trip!

In fact, being prepared for the potential of a roadside emergency is one of our top recommended tips for planning a family road trip!

Along with checking your tire pressure and all fluids (radiator, windshield fluid, brake, oil, and transmission) prior to departing, make sure to bring the following:

  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance information
  • Spare set of keys
  • Rental contract (if applicable)
  • Roadside assistance contact number
  • Car manual
  • Spare tire
  • Jumper cables
  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Flashlight
Top U.S. family travel blog Travel With A Plan, shares their family road trip packing list printable! Navigation app.

Family Road Trip Packing List: Road Trip Essentials

These family road trip essentials are the bread and butter of comfortably navigating yourself to and from your chosen destination.

It is very important to have an adequately charged Smartphone for the entire duration of your trip if you are using a navigation app for directions.

Having both a phone charger and a supplemental battery pack provides additional security when relying on battery power for any and all of your electronic devices.

Likewise, comfort items such as pain relievers, sunglasses, and neck pillows are basic road trip necessities included on our printable road trip checklist.

  • Wallet
  • Luggage (clothes, shoes, jackets)
  • Toiletries
  • Car seat and baby gear
  • Smartphone and charger
  • Car mount phone holder
  • Portable battery pack
  • Navigation app(s) for directions (Our favorite is Google Maps and the Waze app.
  • Pen and notepad
  • Cash and change for tolls
  • First aid kit
  • Tissues
  • Pain reliever
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Sunglasses
  • Neck pillow and blanket
Top U.S. Family Travel Blog, Travel With A Plan, shares their family road trip packing list printable that they have perfected after years of road tripping together as a family!  Every item you will need for the perfect family road trip is included!  #roadtripessentials #familyroadtrippackinglist #roadtriplist #printableroadtripchecklist #familytravel #roadtriptips

Family Road Trip Packing List: Food, Drink, & Clean-up

A good amount of time and effort should be spent planning for the food and meal components of your family road trip packing list.

Bringing along the best road trip snacks and meals serves many important purposes in ensuring a more seamless road trip.

Not only do road trip foods help fight boredom, but they cut down on the cost associated with buying food on the road. Likewise, portable meals prevent prolonged pit-stops for dining and help you avoid the fast-food trap.

Be sure to plan for the expected mess or accidental spill that is bound to happen when eating with kids in an unconventional space.

  • Cooler and ice
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Plastic grocery bags for trash (and possible car sickness)
  • Paper towels or napkins for spills
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Non-sticky, mess-free snacks and treats in individually portioned bags like dried fruit, granola bars, beef jerky, string cheese, crackers, and veggies.

Family Road Trip Packing List: Activities

The last component of our family road trip packing list printable is games and activities.

Depending on the ages of your kids, the things to bring on a road trip will vary. Perhaps our best tip is to assemble small ‘gift bags’ of age-appropriate trinkets and treats to surprise them with throughout your time on the road.

Try giving them a new bag every hour to keep their anticipation and curiosity high.

*Get our complete guide on how to make and what to include in road trip goodie bags here!

Also bring:

  • Books/audiobooks
  • Music playlist
  • Tablet/electronic device
  • DVD player and DVDs
  • Headphones
  • Favorite stuffed animal
  • Hand-held toys that don’t have small parts
  • Activity books and coloring books
  • Crayons, pencils, and pens
  • Road trip words games (free and fun!)
Top U.S. family travel blog Travel With A Plan, shares their family road trip packing list printable! Winter driving.

Other Things to Bring on A Road Trip: Miscellaneous

There are many other important things to bring on a road trip that should be included on your road trip packing list.

Consider the weather, where you are going, what you will be doing, and how much space you have in your vehicle.

Remember, the key is to pack just enough, but not too much, while still remembering all of the essential road trip items.

  • Weather-related supplies (i.e. winter road trip items)
  • Destination specific items (camping, beach, hiking, etc.)
  • Pet supplies (kennel, food, leash)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Umbrella
  • Window shades
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Ball or frisbee

Once your vehicle is fully loaded with all of the above gear, be sure that you have full visibility out of your mirrors and through the rear window. In other words, don’t stack things too high, and don’t pack so much that your view is obstructed.

Last, if you’re on a true road trip, you shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to get from Point A to Point B.

Slow down and prevent yourself from becoming distracted while driving by silencing your phone and by driving with 2 hands on the wheel.

Safe and happy travels to you and yours!

Top U.S. Family Travel Blog, Travel With A Plan, shares their family road trip packing list printable that they have perfected after years of road tripping together as a family!  Every item you will need for the perfect family road trip is included!  #roadtripessentials #familyroadtrippackinglist #roadtriplist #printableroadtripchecklist #familytravel #roadtriptips

Bonus! Click here for your very own Road Trip Food Checklist that includes the best on-the-go road trip snack and meal ideas!

If you can think of any additional items to add to this road trip packing list, please leave a comment below so that we can add them!

Don’t forget to print off our handy printable road trip checklist as well as review it before your departure.

Jen

If you enjoyed our Family Road Trip Packing List Printable, click here to check out our Related Posts:

*Before leaving, be sure to check our Travel Resources Page to find our exclusive travel discounts and to book hotels, rental cars, and guided tours.*

Pin it!
Top U.S. Family Travel Blog, Travel With A Plan, shares their family road trip packing list printable that they have perfected after years of road tripping together as a family!  Every item you will need for the perfect family road trip is included!  #roadtripessentials #familyroadtrippackinglist #roadtriplist #printableroadtripchecklist #familytravel #roadtriptips
This road trip checklist is both FREE and printable, as well as ensures that you will not forget anything on your upcoming family road trip!  As road trip experts, here is our list of absolutely everything that you need to remember before you hit the road!  Road trip printable checklist | Road trip checklist | Family road trip tips | Road trip reminders | Road trip essentials | Things to bring on a road trip | Family travel | #travelwithaplan #roadtriplist #roadtrippackinglist #roadtrippackingideas
This road trip checklist is both FREE and printable, as well as ensures that you will not forget anything on your upcoming family road trip!  As road trip experts, here is our list of absolutely everything that you need to remember before you hit the road!  Road trip printable checklist | Road trip checklist | Family road trip tips | Road trip reminders | Road trip essentials | Things to bring on a road trip | Family travel | #travelwithaplan #roadtriplist #roadtrippackinglist #roadtrippackingideas
TAGS
RELATED POSTS
12 Comments
  1. Reply

    Amanda Emmerling

    June 3, 2020

    This is such a great family road trip packing list! We’ve forgotten a spare set of keys before and this is a great reminder!

    • Reply

      Jen

      June 5, 2020

      Thanks for reading! My husband is the one who is always very conscious about bringing the spare keys 🙂 Losing keys would put a huge damper on any family road trip 🙂

  2. Reply

    Bolupé

    June 3, 2020

    This is such a useful list. We’re planning more road trips around Europe for Summer so this will surely come in handy.

    • Reply

      Jen

      June 3, 2020

      Awesome! Road trips around Europe….that sounds so amazing! Happy and safe travels to you!

  3. Reply

    Astrid Vinje

    June 2, 2020

    What a great checklist! I’m always forgetting things whenever we go on road trips.

    • Reply

      Jen

      June 3, 2020

      Astrid, thanks for reading! I’m glad that this road trip checklist will come in handy for you!!

  4. Reply

    Julie

    June 1, 2020

    We sure do love a road trip!! And this is a fantastic resource! Very thorough and helpful- thanks Jen!!

    • Reply

      Jen

      June 2, 2020

      You’re welcome! I know that you are a fan of packing lists too – they are so helpful!

  5. Reply

    Harmony, Momma To Go

    June 1, 2020

    I am literally sitting here taking notes- had to add meds to my list, dramamine for my son and advil for all just in case. For summer 2020, add face masks to the list. I bought a box of disposable ones to keep in the car just in case (we have resusable ones otherwise)

    • Reply

      Jen

      June 2, 2020

      Ooo….having a box of disposable masks on hand is a GREAT idea! I am going to have to remember that when we take our road trip in July not knowing what places will still be recommending vs. requiring masks then. THANKS for the tip!

  6. Reply

    Deborah Patterson

    June 1, 2020

    This is such a comprehensive list. We never go on a road trip without snacks and water! Plus wet wipes and good playlists and audio books are a must too.

    • Reply

      Jen

      June 2, 2020

      Thanks for reading Debbie! I remember when our kids were younger and their hands would get messy from food and snacks in the car – Wet Wipes really came in handy then 🙂

LEAVE A COMMENT

Travel With A Plan packing checklist

Get Your Free Family Vacation Packing Lists Here!

Looking For Something?

Hi, I’m Jen!  Welcome to Travel With A Plan!

I’m an avid adventurer who is always planning the next family vacation for my husband and I, and our three boys!

As an advocate for family travel with kids of all ages, I am a firm believer that traveling together helps keep families healthy and happy at home!

Here is where I share our best family vacation itineraries, resort reviews, and family travel tips (incuding Disney!).

Let’s go on an adventure! -Jen

TMOM Travel Writer
186 Shares
Share
Pin186
Tweet