10 Unique Tips to help you pack for your next road trip!
As you may know, I have set out on a 3 week road trip up the East Coast! To some, packing for such a trip might be a daunting task, but not for me! I know it sounds crazy, but I actually enjoy the packing part! (It’s okay if you don’t believe me. It’s true!) As you know from my other posts on packing, I have certain methods I like to use that help make packing easier, more efficient, and even fun! So lets get started!
Road Trip Packing Tips
1- Make a list of all the places you will be going on this road trip and include how many days & nights you will be there.
This will help you know how many outfits to pack for each specific place!
2- Next to each place/location, write down what type of daily activities will be done during your time there.
This is SO important because it helps break down each type of clothing you need to be packing according to all the activities you will be doing there! An evening out- fancy dress. A day of hiking- workout clothes and tennis shoes! The beach- Swimming suit and beach towel! See what I mean? Nothing gets left out.
3- Next to each location, write down the daytime weather/temperatures & night time temps for your time there.
Keep this weather and temperatures in mind while packing for each place on your road trip list! Sometimes I get a certain style in my head for packing and I fail to realize it might be super chilly at night or rainy, etc! It also helps you plan out if you need light weight jammies or full blown footie pajamas for those potentially cold nights!
4- Establish if your hotels or Air bnb’s will have an accessible washing machine.
If not, plan on bringing a pair of jeans that you can wear multiple times to conserve packing space. Or you can pack lighter, more compact things. Sun dresses are always a good idea! (Unless this is a winter road trip, of course)
5- Go down your list of places/activities/weather and start trying on outfits that “fit” that criteria.
Pay attention to all details you have written down up to this point! They are all important! Reflect back to the list each time you think you have decided on an outfit, just to double check.
6- Take a picture in each finalized outfit to reflect back on what exactly you packed later on during your road trip!
You know how we pack all these cute outfits and then get there and BLANK. What did I even pack??? *Proceeds to empty out entire suitcase and throw clothes everywhere. This step is for you!!
7- Once all outfits are put together and all pictures taken, create different photo folders on your camera roll and title them the names of the places you are going. (Put outfit pics in each folder accordingly)
For example: DC outfit pics, New York Outfit pics, Canada outfit pics, etc. Make it easy on yourself, do a little organization of your outfit pics and you will have an easier time getting yourself dressed and out the door!
8- When packing, place the outfits that will be worn last all the way down in your bag/suitcase. Put your outfits for the beginning of your trip up at the top so you don’t make a huge mess when trying to get ready!
It’s all about efficiency! This one seems obvious, but yet, we all forget to do it! If you have already forgotten which outfits come last in the road trip, look at your list of places and then look back at your outfit pictures! See how that is already coming in handy?
9- Bring an empty spare bag to put your dirty clothes in along the way!
No need to mix the dirty with the clean! This can be as simple as packing a grocery bag, a garbage bag, or even a collapsible sports bag.
*Pack the rest of your stuff as needed!
10- While enjoying your road trip, don’t forget to reflect back on your outfit pictures each day so you recall how to wear & style each outfit with ease!
You’ll be the quickest one to get ready! After all, no one likes a slow poke when they are ready to go out and start their exploring!
Where are you going on your next road trip? I hope these tips help!