The Complete Month-Long Road Trip Packing List

This past May, I left for my very first road trip. The plan was to drive a loop around the United States in 30 days.

I did a lot of research – where to stop, what to eat, and what to pack – but I couldn’t find a lot of good information on what to pack. Most road trip packing lists are for short trips and seem incomplete.

So, I decided to make my own list. I combined all of the lists I found throughout the interwebs and took out the unnecessary items (since there is a very limited amount of space in a car). I added some things I knew I would need and typed it all into an easy-to-read spreadsheet with checkboxes for organized packing!

You can download my list here, or read it below.

Clothes:

  • Shirts
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Leggings
  • Underwear
  • Sandals
  • Water shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Sweater/hoodie
  • Blanket scarf
  • Socks
  • Jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Glasses

Health & Beauty:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Floss
  • Makeup
  • Lotion
  • Soap
  • Shaving razor
  • Nail clipper & file
  • Small mirror
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Hair ties
  • Contact solution & case
  • Perfume/body spray

Camping Gear:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • tarp
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Backpack
  • Lighter
  • Camp chairs
  • Rope
  • Headlamp
  • Towels
  • Air mattress & pump
  • Kindling & newspaper
  • Bear spray

Cooking Supplies:

  • Spoons, forks & knives
  • Plates & bowls
  • Cups
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Little grill
  • Pot & pan
  • Coffee maker (I used a pour-over coffee maker)
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Spatula & stirring spoon
  • Cooler
  • Dish soap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bucket
  • Dish towel

Electronics:

  • Phone & charger
  • Laptop & charger
  • Headphones
  • Selfie stick
  • External battery pack
  • Car USB adapter

First Aid:

  • Ibuprofen (or any painkiller)
  • Band-aids
  • Tums
  • Neosporin
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Allergy relief
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Tweezers
  • Aloe

Car Supplies:

  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Window cleaner
  • Emergency roadside kit

Documents:

  • Driver’s license
  • Car registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • AAA card
  • Health insurance card
  • Passport

Other:

  • Notebook/sketchbook
  • Pen & pencil
  • Duct tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Plastic bags
  • Games
  • Gum & Mints
  • Neck pillow
  • Books

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