Dos and Don’ts for Roadtrip Packing

Packing for a roadtrip successfully involves figuring out what not to pack just as much as it does what to pack. Overloading yourself with items you won’t need is a great way to cause complications and make your trip less enjoyable. Packing in a streamlined and effective manner, on the other hand, will make for an easy and enjoyable trip free of minor hassles. The next time you head out on an RV adventure; make sure to plan out your packing list before you even head to the RV rental location.

Of course, there will be different packing needs depending on what type of trip you will be taking, but here you will find some general rules to follow for what to take and what not to take on a roadtrip.

What to Take

Emergency Items

You never know what can happen along the road, so be sure to bring items such as a flashlight, first aid kit, and a simple tool kit. Also make sure to bring items for making basic repairs to your rig. These will include booster cables, socket wrenches, and a set of screwdrivers. You will always want to have a gallon jug of water to use only in emergency situations, plus warm clothes and a flashlight. Essentially, you want to be sure that you are covered in case of a breakdown, accident, or other situation that would leave you stranded for a time on the road.

Comfort Items

If you are going to be spending a lot of time on the road, you are going to want to be comfortable. Therefore you will want to bring a seat cushion to make those long hours of sitting behind the wheel more endurable, and also pillows for anyone traveling with you. Take some blankets for napping on the ride (not for the driver, of course). Also bring some healthy, light snacks that will keep you and your roadtrip companions nourished and energized.


All you need for navigation these days is an internet connection and GPS, so of course, bring your smartphone or iPad which can be attached to the dashboard and guide you on your journey. You are going to want to keep these devices charged, so it would be best to invest in a multi-port charger so all devices in the rig can remain charged at all times.

What Not To Bring

Large Devices

We may be living in the age of technology, but there is such a thing as having too many devices on the road. Bring a simple iPad and smartphone and you should be covered. Bulky items such as laptops can be left at home due to their taking up space and the possibility of having them damaged on the trip.

Large Sports Gear

If you will be engaging in outdoor activities on your trip, then, of course, bring what you need. For example, if kayaking is a specific thing that you will be doing then, by all means, bring a kayak. If, however, you aren’t sure you will be kayaking then don’t just plug a kayak across the country that you may not even use. It’s great to be covered for everything, but keep in mind that a kayak can be rented should the urge hit you. If you limit the sporting gear to items you know you are going to be using, this will make your packing much more efficient and streamlined.

If you follow these simple rules, packing for any roadtrip will be a lot easier and your journey much more enjoyable.

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