Planning a road trip but don’t know where to start? Follow our road trip packing guide to get the most out of your family driving holiday.
Take the stress out of packing
Do you ever feel like you can’t quite look forward to your trip because you still have the monumental task of packing for the whole family ahead of you?
Family road trips are an amazing way to make memories that will last a lifetime, but they can also be a pain to organise. If you forget something, there isn’t a handy concierge at hand – and you may be miles away from the nearest shop.
Whether you’re planning to explore more of your own backyard or jetting off on an overseas adventure, our handy packing guide can help streamline your holiday planning and make sure you’re not caught short when you’re on the road.
Step 1: Plan your route and print your itinerary
Step 2: Choose the perfect car
Step 3: Get packing!
In general, you want to pack lightweight clothing that can be layered. Even in hotter climates, night-time temperatures can plummet. Shorts and thongs aren’t going to cut it!
T-shirts and singlets
Long sleeved t-shirts
Sweaters or fleece jacket
Shorts and skirts
Lightweight long pants
Warm long pants
Socks (wool socks are best for hiking)
Comfortable walking and driving shoes
Rain jacket, windbreaker or umbrella
Pyjamas or sleepwear
Small backpack for carrying essentials
Smart casual outfit suitable for restaurants
Camping gear (if camping)
Warm sleeping bags
Toiletry bag basics
No one wants to sit in a car for days on end with someone who forgot their toothbrush. And whatever you do, make sure you have more than enough sunscreen for everyone.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
Hairbrush and hair ties
Shampoo and conditioner
Face and body wash
Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
Lip balm with SPF
Personal hygiene items
Scissors, nail clippers and tweezers
Don’t be caught short in the worst-case scenario. Carry everything you might need to keep everyone happy and healthy.
Extra contacts, solution, and contact case if needed
Glasses and prescription sunglasses if needed
Prescription medication if needed
Paracetamol and children’s medicine
First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
Hydrocortisone cream or antibacterial ointment
Insect repellent, mosquito net, and sting reliever
Car sickness pills
You might be going away to escape the screens but there are a few items that will make everyone more comfortable – even if you only have to use them once or twice.
Mobile device and car-friendly charger
Laptop, iPad or e-reader and charger(s)
Camera, Go Pro or video camera, memory card, and chargers
Electric converters and adapters (if traveling from overseas)
Travel comfort and information
Keep boredom at bay and be prepared on the road.
Car hire and insurance documents
Itinerary with directions
Maps and guide books
Bottled water (take more than you think you” need)
Esky for picnics and snacks
Downloaded music playlists (go for the crows pleasers and sing-alongs)
Travel journal and pen
Books and magazines
Deck of cards and travel games