Road Trip Travel Essentials for Women? I got you!
I love road trips, but let’s get real—if you spend hours in a car, you will need a few things to make the time as enjoyable as possible. Nobody wants to waste time searching for essentials or feel unsafe on the road. That’s why I’ve curated a list of women’s travel essentials and road trip must-haves that have become my go-to items for hitting the open road.
These items are not only personal favorites but have proven indispensable during my numerous road trips across Canada and the United States. Some were discoveries from my own experiences, while others were recommendations from TikTok and friends. After putting them to the test, I’ve identified these travel essentials for women that are not only practical but also enhance the overall road trip experience.
It’s worth noting that I am a light packer and a minimalist, so these essentials represent the crucial items I wouldn’t embark on a road trip without—ensuring I have everything I need without lugging around excess baggage.
I hope you find them as useful as I do, and if you have other items you can’t road trip without, let me know in the comments below!
Best Road Trip Travel Essentials for Women
I have a toiletry bag ready for all my road trips that includes:
- Makeup remover
Medicine and First Aid Kit
I make my own little first-aid kit so that I can customize it to my needs. This is what I include in mine but you can remove or add to your as you see fit:
- Motion sickness patches. I get mine from Amazon as I find that the price vs. quantity and quality is the best. I’m not a big fan of motion sickness pills, so these patches are perfect. I can apply them behind my ear and forget about them! I love that they’re fast-acting and work for 72 hours, which is perfect for long road trips.
- Advil/Tylenol/Motrin. Get the medication in blister packs as they take up less space and are more convenient while traveling.
- Benadryl. A multipurpose medication that could be very handy if you react badly to the environment or food while on the road.
- Activated charcoal pills. Whenever I travel, my stomach often gets super upset as it’s not used to eating out every day, three times a day. I read about these pills a few years back, and although I don’t use them as prescribed, I like to have them in case my body isn’t able to reject the toxins on its own. The pills will help by absorbing the extra toxins.
- Band-aids and alcohol pads. To disinfect cuts if needed and stop bleeding.
- Hand sanitizer
- Expendable wipes. I love these, especially because often on road trips, you don’t always have access to a sink or water in large quantities. These disposable wipes are so useful. If you made a mess in the car or need to use outdoor bathrooms, these are nice to have around.
Snacks and Food
- Cooler. You never know when you’ll get to a convenience store or be stranded somewhere for a long period of time, so having a cooler is essential to keep a mix of healthy and indulgent snacks. Of course, it’s also great for keeping drinks cold, whether it’s water or other…
- Re-usable water jug. Perfect for saving time and money on the road and crucial for staying hydrated during long-distance drives.
- Snacks. Once again, to save time and money, make sure to visit the grocery store before the trip and stock up on a few items you can easily enjoy on the road.
To keep near you while you drive
During long drives, it’s essential to have some necessities right next to you, so you don’t have to go searching in the back or make unnecessary stops.
- Water bottle. To stay hydrated
- Caffeine. To stay awake
- Travel mug. To avoid spillage. I have this one from Amazon that I got years ago and it’s still in great condition!
- Your favorite snacks
- Sunglasses. For a sunny day.
As someone who loves her gadgets, here are a few technological tools I always have around, especially on a road trip!
- Portable Wi-fi. I’m one of those people who can’t fully disconnect, so having access to Wi-Fi anytime is essential. Whether I need to check emails or work on my blog during downtime when I’m not driving, having a reliable connection is crucial. You might find yourself in the desert or forest without a connection, and having portable Wi-Fi ensures you can reach someone if needed.
- If you don’t have a portable Wi-Fi pack, consider having an eSIM. You can find an app that offers the best prices depending on your destination. As I got older, I realized the importance of staying connected on the road, especially in case of emergencies. Having the ability to reach out to someone, at least the authorities, is vital.
- Extra charging cables for your phone.
- A portable power bank charger. Anker have the best charger ever. This one is my favorite!
- Offline maps downloaded through your phone.
In case of an emergency
Even though we wish for the safest and hiccup-free road trip, things might take a turn, and God knows everything on this list is here because it personally happened to me! I really should’ve been more prepared for emergencies, but I’m just a girl trying to live a problem-free life!
- Emergency contacts on your phone and on paper. I found myself stranded somewhere unknown without a phone, and the only number I knew was the police. It wasn’t a big emergency, definitely not enough to call the police, but I also couldn’t reach anyone because I couldn’t remember any other phone numbers, and my phone was broken. I could’ve pulled up to a gas station and called for help, but I had to figure out the situation on my own instead.
- Cash on hand. You never know when you will need cash or if your card won’t work.
- Battery jump starter. This is a car essential, whether on a road trip or not. Believe it or not, you don’t always find a nice Samaritan ready to help you. In case your car battery dies, you need a battery booster. If it’s too expensive, you can always get the cables at least. But with the battery jump starter, you can do it on your own right away instead of looking for another car.
- Spare tire and the instruments to change a tire. This should come with your car already, so you just have to check that it’s there. The first time I had a flat tire, I was on a highway in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully, I had the tire, but no one knew how to change it. We had to call a towing truck, but because we were in the middle of nowhere, they told us to wait for a few hours until someone would get to us. By the grace of God, a man stopped on his way and helped us change the tire, even showed us how to do it. Now, I can do it all by myself, if needed. Let me assure you that I did change a few tires on the road afterwards, but at least now it wasn’t a stressful situation.
- Windshield fluid. Or at the very least, fill up your tank before leaving, but you never know the conditions of the roads.
And now a few things I have in my car, as a car emergency kit, just in case after watching thousands of movies where people where stuck in their car for one reason or the other.
- Flashlight or head lamp
- Seat-belt cutter/Glass breaker.
- Spare batteries.
- Duct tape
- Paper map. I know it’s old school but you just never know.
Other Road Trip Travel Essentials for Women
- Packing cubes. I find them to be the best for keeping my suitcase organized, especially when we have many stops on the road trip.
- Jewelry travel case. I love having all my stuff organized, especially my jewelry that I can easily lose.
- Pillow. While you’re not driving, it’s important to be able to sleep comfortably.
- Umbrella. You can’t predict the weather, so always be prepared because a rainy day is not a reason to not have a great road trip.
- Door Stop alarm. A game-changer for girls on a road trip. It always made me feel uneasy to stop at a motel and have to spend a night out of fear, whether I’m solo or with people. This is the perfect item to finally be able to have a full night of peaceful sleep.
- Reusable Urination Device. I can’t stand unsanitary bathrooms in remote areas, and this is perfect to avoid having to sit uncomfortably in a remote bathroom. Or worse, having to pee while there is no bathroom in sight.
- Tripod. To take amazing pictures.
To conclude if your’re going to be on the roads for a long time, you better be readyfor everything and if you like to have some stuff around you while on a road trip, do not hesitate to drop them in the comments below.
Until next time,