1. Slip on shoes

Have you ever waited 70km for the nearest rest stop? Once you get there, you have to squeeze on your shoes, tie up the laces, all for a matter of 3 minutes before returning to the car and taking them off again. I have learned that warm socks with slip on shoes is the most appropriate car trip foot wear, as they’re easy to slip on and off between stops.

2. Layered clothing

It may seem like appropriate car trip attire to rug up in a cosy jumper.
However, you MUST wear a t shirt/ singlet under your jumper for when the sun hits and you are too hot in your jumper. Trust me, there is nothing worse than being stuck on the sunny side of the car in the middle of the day with a jumper on!

3. Games

Forget I Spy, the game kind of loses its point in a moving vehicle.

The categories game is by far my favourite way to pass time on a long car trip. It is simple and can be adapted to suit your interests.
The game is simply picking a category and trying to think of as many items for that category starting with the letter A through to Z.


If the category was animals, the letter was A. You could say any of these
– Ant, Ape, Aligator, Alpaca.

Some other categories you could choose include

  • Fruits and Veggies
  • Movies
  • Countries
  • Cities
  • Songs

4. Travelling apps

Here are a few travel apps that are guaranteed to make the trip run as smoothly as possible.

  • Road Trippers is a website designed to help you plan the ultimate roadtrip! They have suggested routes as well as a your own custom trip planner, with suggested stops. It makes the process so much easier!
  • Waze lets you know what’s happening on the road ahead, whether that be traffic, crashes or police. Waze also redirects you if there is a better route.
  • Fuel Map helps you save money on petrol wherever you go! This allows you to spend more money on treats from the service station for the car trip!!

5. The Little Essentials

  • Hand sanitiser
  • Baby Wipes
  • Panadol
  • Nausea Tablets
  • Bandaids
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Allergy relief
  • Tissues

Have fun and stay safe on the roads!

Issy xx

4 thoughts on “5 Long Car Trip Essentials!

  1. Gosh! I can’t suggest bandaids and baby wipes enough. They really come in handy for a lot of things and times when you’re not near any resources. I hike a lot throughout my roadtrips and after hiking for 3-4 hours sometimes your shoes rub or you get cuts from rubbing against rocks or trees. So I can just use bandaids to cushion against blisters and prevent infections from any other cuts.

    Baby wipes are a gem when you’ve been sweating from hiking or even from just sitting in the care for a while and you just need a refresher. They can also come in handy as toilet paper if you get in that circumstance.

    Great tips!

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