Travel Tips

Pack Up The Car With These 7 Road Trip Essentials

By Morgan Reardon
22nd May 2020

a blonde woman looks over her shoulder while behind the wheel of a VW van. In the background is the ocean view.

With lockdown restrictions slowly lifting, right now is the perfect time to explore our beautiful backyard with a classic road trip.

But with long hours spent in the car, you want to make sure you’ve properly prepared for a truly epic, memory-making journey.

So, gather your inner circle, fire up the playlist and hit the highway with these must have road trip essentials.

LOST Collapsible Drink Bottle

Price: $19.99

It should be a no brainer, but one-use plastic is out and reusable is in, so why not make it cute as hell? This blue ombre bottle from LOST is a winner with its collapsible silicone shell that will keep your H20 crisp for the drive.

an ombre blue water bottle that has a collapsable body.

Shearling Neck Pillow

Price: $99.95

If you’re lucky enough to score the passenger seat, it’s time to bliss out and get comfy. We’re just a little bit obsessed with this shearling neck pillow. Made with 100% local Merino wool and hand-crafted in Australia, this gloriously soft pillow will banish pesky neck cramps.

a pale pink fluffy neck pillow.

Mini Power Bank Portable Phone Charger

Price: $42

Look, you absolutely don’t want your phone running out of battery when you’re navigating some winding backstreet in a town you’ve never been to before… and you don’t want to miss any of the ‘gram opportunities, so do yourself a solid and get a good quality portable charger like this one.

a light blue phone charger.

JBL GO 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Price: $39

This palm-sized speaker is the ultimate pocket rocket for roadies. With up to five hours of playtime, this waterproof beauty will keep the party vibe high from the car to the picnic pit stops you’ll have along the way.

a coral pink portable speaker.

In Her Element Picnic Rug

Price: $159

Made from 100% waterproof polyester canvas, this durable picnic rug is perfect for all of your roadie adventures. Inspired by the element of air, we’re loving the rugs candy sky print with washed out soft pastels in pink, purple, blue and yellow. This one is an absolute must-have.

a picnic rug with a cotton candy pink swirl pattern on it.

KOLLAB Cooler Bag

Price: $37.90

Keep your tasty roadie treats (and wine for those who aren’t driving of course) chilled for the ride with this uber-cool insulated cotton cooler bag. It comes in a range of great prints, but we’re loving this colourful one the most.

a multi-coloured cooler bag with navy cotton handles.

Couchmate’s Ultimate Picnic Table

Price: $69.95

If you want to make your road trip extra (you do, trust us) then be sure to put this baby in your car boot. Made from lightweight timber it also has two slots made for wine glasses—does it get any better?

a small wooden picnic table with cheese, crackers and wine on it, sits next to the ocean.

Now you've got the car packed up right, check out these bucket road trips you have to take at least once in your lifetime. 

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Image Credit: Couchmate, Kollab, In Her Element, Kogan, Iconic, Kristina Lindberg

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