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Road Trip Packing List – Car Essentials

This is the Car Essentials packing list for road trips. It’s also useful for travel, hotel stays and vacations. Want a printable list? Download the free Vacation & Road Trip Packing List in printer friendly PDF format.

Car Essentials

___ AAA/CAA membership card

___ baling wire

___ car fluids (if your car leaks)

___ car manual

___ charger (12V to USB)

___ emergency kit

___ first aid kit

___ GPS

___ hammer

___ insurance & registration

___ jumper cables

___ maps

___ motion sickness bags

___ pliers

___ screwdriver (multi)

___ spare tire

___ sunglasses (polarized, spare)

___ tire iron (for lug nuts)

___ tire jack

___ tire puncture sealant

___ umbrella

___ WD40

___ windshield cleaner

___ wrench (adjustable)

Car Comforts

___ blankets

___ car seats for kids

___ chairs (folding, lawn)

___ hoodies (sweater, jacket)

___ picnic blanket

___ picnic table cover

___ pillow (neck)

___ pillows (travel car size)

___ trash bags

Emergency Kit

___ candles

___ cooking gel (can)

___ distress flag

___ duct tape

___ emergency blanket

___ flares (LED)

___ flashlight (LED, crank)

___ food (non perishable)

___ matches (waterproof, lighter)

___ MRE (meal ready to eat)

___ power inverter (12v DC to 120v AC)

___ survival guide

___ tarp (12 foot)

___ toilet paper

___ towel (multi travel type)

___ twine (spool, cord)

___ water (bottled)

___ water purification tablets

___ wet wipes

First Aid Kit

___ allergy medication

___ antiseptic

___ bandages (assorted sizes)

___ bismuth pills (diarrhea, upset stomach)

___ cortisone cream

___ elastic compression bandage

___ eye drops

___ first aid guide

___ gauze (assorted sizes, roll)

___ gloves (sterile, medical)

___ hand sanitizer

___ insect repellant

___ instant cold pack

___ motion sickness med

___ pain reliever

___ scissors

___ sling

___ sunscreen

___ tape (adhesive)

___ thermometer (digital)

___ toilet paper

___ tourniquet

___ tweezers

Cold Weather Driving

___ boots (winter shoes)

___ gloves (wool, mittens)

___ ice melter

___ ice scraper

___ traction mat (pieces of carpet)

___ parka (winter coat)

___ propane torch

___ sand

___ shovel (folding)

___ snow brush

___ tire chains

___ touque (winter hat)

___ tow strap

___ warm blanket (sleeping bag)

___ winter tires

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