Road trip essentials no family should travel without

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Have you ever thought of heading out on a road trip? More people than ever are discovering the freedom and the excitement of heading off across the country with their family in tow. Some families have even brought others along in convoy, to make the trip even more fun and memorable. Images of hitting the open road and leaving all your responsibilities behind you as you and your family head off into the sunset are thrilling, to say the least.

However, contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot of planning that goes into a road trip. From your chosen destinations, to where and how often you’re going to stop, to who’ll complete the driving and take care of the food on the road. Careful planning and consideration will need to go into deciding what you should take with you. 

Here we’ll take a look at some road trip essentials that no family should travel without.

Walkie Talkies

Communication is key when you’re on the road, especially if you’re in a convoy with other vehicles or you’re stopping in different places along your route. Walkie talkies like the Midland 75 822 CB radio are a great addition to any road trip. You’ll need something that is uncomplicated, robust and has plenty of range in case you and your fellow road trippers get separated. When you’re using your smartphone for navigation, photos or browsing the internet, a walkie talkie provides a simpler and much more reliable communication alternative.  

Car documents 

If you’re going to be hundreds of miles away from home then having all the right car documents on you is essential. Anyone who is planning on driving should bring their drivers’ licence – you should also have your insurance documents, details of your breakdown cover and who you should call in an emergency. If you’re crossing into different states or countries, then find out what other documentation you may need.

Hand sanitizer and facemasks

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we need to be extra cautious. In places where handwashing facilities might not be adequate (such as gas stations and public toilets), hand sanitiser is ideal until you can wash your hands properly again. Face masks also provide an additional level of protection.

Power banks

Your smart devices are going to be used a lot on the road, so having an additional charge between sockets is ideal. Invest in a power bank that you can use to boost the battery life of any smart device. 


There’s nothing worse than driving in bright sunshine for long periods. You’re not only likely to get a migraine, but you’re also potentially damaging your eyes. A good pair of sunglasses is essential on the road.


For those times when you’re stopping overnight in the car, you’re going to need to get comfy. A suitable neck pillow will help you get a good night’s sleep and not leave you with a crick in your neck!

Final thoughts…

Are you planning a road trip this summer? What are your road trip essentials? 


  1. swiggies, wrist water bottles for the kids so they will always have water available. You can also freeze them so they keep your temperature down in the heat.

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