Road Trip Packing List



  • Adjust the thermostat, water the plants, empty the fridge, take out the trash, flush the toilets, empty the dishwasher, make the beds (SO NICE TO COME HOME TO A CLEAN HOUSE!), check in with house sitter, pet sitter, put newspaper/mail on hold, etc.

  • Order from Amazon to be delivered to vacation spot

  • Update all sunscreen (they do expire!)

  • Order groceries to be delivered (Wal-mart, Shipt, Instacart, Target, Publix, etc.)

  • If renting bikes, highchairs, baby bed, etc. rent them ahead of time

  • Download ALL content for you and family

  • Make sure all devices are charged (movies - Netflix, Prime, podcasts, music)

  • Bring drivers license and proof of insurance

  • Fill up the gas tank

  • Jumper cables

  • Change/money for tolls

  • Get your nails done :)

  • If stopping at a hotel, pack one overnight for the whole family.  It is also a good idea to have one change of clothes per child easily accessible in case of a spill/accident.

Family podcast ideas:

  • Story Pirates

  • Brains On! Science Podcast for Kids

  • Eleanor Amplified

  • Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

  • Wow in the World



  • Small cooler/ice packs (ie Phocus water, cold brew coffee, cut up some veggies, apple slices, etc.)

  • Snacks (granola bars, crackers, etc - or stop at gas station for all the road trip snacks!)

  • Ziploc bags

  • Small trash bag

  • Dramamine (nobody has time for carsickness!)

  • Portable chargers

  • Have each kid pack a bag for the car with books, device, art supplies, etc.

  • Wipes

  • Kindles, movies

  • blanket /pillow for each kid (and the non-driving adult!)

  • Water cup for each kid

  • Sunglasses


  • Alexa

  • computer/charger

  • Games

  • Medicines/First Aid Kit

  • Walkie talkies

  • Sound machine

  • Books

  • Bathroom stuff (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, razor)

  • Toilet paper, paper towels, clorox wipes, dishwasher and laundry tabs - if renting a condo or house

  • Garbage bags


  • Beach bag (pack your towels in it to save space)

  • Beach toys

  • Beach chairs

  • Umbrella

  • Sunscreen and aloe

  • Life jackets

  • Koozies

  • Yetis

  • Swimsuits

  • Water shoes

  • Beach hats


  • Diapers/wipes/diaper cream

  • Swim diapers

  • Shampoo/soap

  • Lotion

  • Pack n play, portable high chair

  • Pajamas

  • socks/underwear

  • Outfits

  • Socks and tennis shoes

  • Socks


  • Paper plates, napkins

  • Crock pot

  • Rice/pasta (packaged items that are easily packed)

  • Coffee (we prefer to have our own!)

  • Popcorn

  • Crackers