Road Trip Packing List

Packing for a road trip might seem like a challenge. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a super detailed road trip packing list so you know exactly what to bring next time you hit the road. 

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What’s inside?

In this free PDF download, we’ve provided packing check lists for everything from automotive essentials to clothing and toiletries (for both women and men!) and extra items you may want to pack if you are going camping or living in a campervan.

Plus, we’re sharing tons of packing hacks and tips for hitting the open road that you won’t find anywhere else.

Check out all of our road trip resources…

Check out our Road Trips homepage for all kinds of resources to help you plan and get inspired for your next road trip. As well as tips for road tripping in our favorite destinations. Or read some of our favorite road trip articles below…

28 Best USA Campervan Rentals (+ Exclusive Discounts!)

Planning a campervan trip in the USA and wondering where the heck to rent a campervan from? We know how confusing this can be, so we’ve rounded up the best USA campervan rentals (for all budgets and regions!). Plus, we’re sharing insider tips, things to look for in a rental...

How to Plan a Road Trip (in 5 simple steps!)

Road trips are arguably one of the best ways to really see a place while having the freedom and flexibility that comes with having your own vehicle. This article will walk you through exactly how to plan a road trip, including our favorite tips and hacks as well as what...

48 Money-Saving Tips for a Cheap Road Trip

If you're planning a road trip and are trying to stay on a budget, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered our best, most practical money-saving tips and hacks so you can plan a cheap road trip without sacrificing any fun!

35 Incredible Things to Do in Mexico (that aren’t beaches!)

There are so many things to do in Mexico that are not beaches or all-inclusive resorts. Spend a couple weeks in Mexico, get off the beaten path and dig deeper than Señor Frogs, we’re here to introduce you to some amazing things to do. Hint: Not even one of them...

Japan Travel Cost: Exactly How Much is a Trip to Japan?

In this article, we’re breaking down the cost of a trip to Japan — from food and hotels to trains and entertainment. We get super detailed so you can work out your perfect Japan travel budget.

25 Unforgettable Things To Do in Guatemala

With active volcanoes, a vibrant indigenous culture, and colorful markets, there are so many incredible things to do in Guatemala. You’ll find adventure, culture, history, and warm locals all in one place. Traveling in Guatemala is not always easy, but if you come with an open mind, this country is...

9 Easy Camping Meals (that are healthy & delicious!)

Cooking healthy and delicious meals while traveling in a campervan is easier than you think! We’ve rounded up our favorite healthy camping meals and are sharing the step-by-step recipes so you can see just how easy they are, even if you have a tiny kitchen to work with. Bonus: All...

How Much Does a Trip to Hawaii Cost in 2024? (+Tips to Save)

There's no getting around it, Hawaii is an expensive destination. In this article, we share the exact breakdown of a Hawaii trip cost — from food and hotels to transportation and entertainment. Plus, we’re sharing some of our best money-saving tips so you can travel to Hawaii on a budget!

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica: Ultimate Guide + Things to Do

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is one of Costa Rica’s most famous towns on the Caribbean side. We put together this ultimate guide to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, including when to go, where to stay, things to do, and essential tips.

Santa Teresa Costa Rica: Ultimate Guide + Things to Do

If you’re looking for great surf, gorgeous sunsets, good food and laid back vibes, look no further than Santa Teresa. With Montezuma a short drive away, these two towns are a backpacker’s dream. There are plenty of things to do in Santa Teresa and Montezuma and we have a list...

15 Fun Things To Do in La Fortuna & Arenal, Costa Rica

As the adventure capital of Costa Rica, there are so many things to do in La Fortuna to get your heart pumping. We’ve covered all the highlights of the Arenal region in this detailed travel guide. Plus everything you need to know before you plan a trip!

31 Adventurous Things to Do in Costa Rica

With postcard worthy beaches, lush jungles, ample wildlife and dreamy waterfalls, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica is the most popular vacation spot in Central America. We’ve put together an ultimate bucket list of the top things to do in Costa Rica — from the must-see places to off the...

North Island New Zealand: 2-Week Itinerary

From Auckland to Wellington, and everything in between, we’ve created a perfect New Zealand North Island itinerary. Follow this route, and you’ll explore the biggest highlights, plus some off the beaten path adventures! This North Island New Zealand road trip covers everything you need to know!

Best New Zealand Campsites: Ultimate Guide + Free Map

With so much jaw-dropping country to explore, a lot goes into planning a New Zealand camping trip. With the help of fellow travel bloggers, we rounded up the best New Zealand campsites, plus everything you need to know to plan an epic trip.

New Zealand Travel on a Budget: 19 Money-Saving Tips

Let’s be real: traveling in New Zealand is not cheap. But even though it’s notorious expensive, you can still travel to NZ on a budget. We’re breaking down common expenses like food, transportation, and accommodation, so you know exactly how much it costs to go to New Zealand. Plus we’re...

Iceland Trip Cost + 39 Sneaky Budget Tips

How expensive is Iceland? We're breaking down exactly how much a trip to Iceland costs. Plus, we're sharing our top (super practical!) money-saving tips for traveling Iceland on a budget to help you travel the land of fire and ice without blowing the bank!

Renting a Car in Iceland: 14 Essential Tips

Taking a road trip around Iceland is without a doubt the best way to see the country. Having a rental car will give you the freedom you need to explore Iceland fully. In this guide, we’ll answer all your questions about Iceland car rentals like how much they cost, what...

How to find Free Camping in the USA (+Tips & Apps)

Ever wonder how people find free camping? We’ve rounded up our top tips and advice as well as the best free camping apps out there. Plus, we’re sharing the no-BS truth about what free campsites are really like.

Is Harvest Hosts Worthwhile? Honest (no BS!) Review + Tips

If you've been wondering whether a Harvest Hosts membership is worthwhile for you, you've come to the right place. In this Harvest Hosts review, we share our honest opinions on the program, including pros, cons, and tons of helpful insider tips.

25 Epic Places to Visit In Turkey: Must-Sees & Hidden Gems + Itinerary

As the gateway between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a country where East meets West and history meets adventure. We’ve put together a list of epic places to visit in Turkey (including fun things to do!) for the ultimate Turkey bucket list itinerary.

28 Best USA Campervan Rentals (+ Exclusive Discounts!)

Planning a campervan trip in the USA and wondering where the heck to rent a campervan from? We know how confusing this can be, so we’ve rounded up the best USA campervan rentals (for all budgets and regions!). Plus, we’re sharing insider tips, things to look for in a rental...

South Island New Zealand Itinerary: Epic 2-Week Road Trip

We’ve done all the trip planning for you and put together the best 2-week itinerary for South Island New Zealand you’ll find! It’s packed full of incredible sights and heart-thumping adventures, plus insider tips and advice.

DIY Campervan Conversion on a Tiny Budget in Less Than 1 Week

If you want to make your own DIY campervan conversion but don’t have a lot of time or money, we’ve got you covered! This article is chock-full of practical tips and all the steps needed to make your own DIY campervan conversion on a small budget in just one week....

Renting a Car in Costa Rica: ESSENTIAL Tips & Warnings

Renting a car is the best way to visit Costa Rica. You can get off the beaten path and have the freedom to do what you want. Surprisingly, driving in Costa Rica is easy and the rental car prices are cheap. We’re sharing everything you need to know about renting...

17 Exciting Things to Do in Cusco, Peru

Cusco is a city bursting with life. There's both a large presence of foreigners (mostly on their way to Machu Picchu) and locals going about their daily life. It's a city with such a rich history that is worth more time than just a stop before the Inca Trail; there...

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Hike: Ultimate Guide

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Follow along as we describe how to book your Inca Trail tour, what to expect on the trail, and what you should pack for your trek.

How to Get to Machu Picchu: Guide to Visiting the Lost City of the Incas

In this guide we’re breaking down how to get to Machu Picchu in detail from the most convenient to the most adventurous ways. This guide includes where to buy tickets, the time slot system, what to pack and what prohibited items you should leave at home.

13 Fun Things to Do in Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa, known as the White City, is the largest—and arguably the most beautiful—colonial city in Peru. With unique, Euro-influenced architecture and historic street corners, you’re bound to be drawn to explore all the best things to do in Arequipa’s corners.

15 Adventurous Things to Do in Huacachina, Peru

This tiny oasis in the Ica desert is a stop on most backpackers’ itineraries. In this guide to Huacachina, Peru, we cover the best things to do, where to stay, and how to make the most out of your visit.

20 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Amman, Jordan

In the buzzing capital of Jordan, you’ll find ancient ruins, delicious food, and a modern urban vibe. There are so many awesome things to do in Amman—this vibrant city is worth at least a few days of exploration. In this guide, we’ll go over the details of our favorite Amman...

40 Best Things to Do in Washington State

Washington State is packed with natural beauty, outdoor adventures and charming towns. Whether you want to try skiing or snowboarding, go on challenging hikes, camp on the beach, or paddle down whitewater rapids, Washington has it all. We’ve put together a list of bucket list adventures and top places to...

USA National Park Annual Pass: Is it Worthwhile? + How to Buy

At just $80 per year, the America the Beautiful National Park Annual Pass grants you free access to over 2,000 Federal recreation areas in the United States, including all 62+ National Parks. Here is everything you need to know about the pass.

How to Plan a Road Trip (in 5 simple steps!)

Road trips are arguably one of the best ways to really see a place while having the freedom and flexibility that comes with having your own vehicle. This article will walk you through exactly how to plan a road trip, including our favorite tips and hacks as well as what...

Magical Oregon Road Trip: Steal this Itinerary!

With hundreds of miles of coastline, thick forests, snow capped mountains, remote hot springs, and raging waterfalls, this is the perfect Oregon road trip itinerary.

Driving the Great Ocean Road Australia: Road Trip Itinerary + Map

One of our all time bucket list trips is driving the Great Ocean Road in Australia. We called upon a guest blogger to share his itinerary and tips for exploring the lesser-known gems of Australia’s southern coast on this epic Australian road trip.

Cheapest Countries to Visit Right Now

We are always looking for ways to stretch our travel budget to the fullest. We put together this list of the cheapest countries to visit in every region of the world, including money-saving tips from our personal experience.

31 USA Road Trip Ideas + Tips

Heading out on a USA road trip this summer? This MASSIVE list is packed with routes recommended by travel bloggers all around the US sharing tips about their favorite American road trips. From the West Coast to Key West, this article has the best routes for your next open road...

Perfect 2 Week Itinerary for Thailand

Dreaming of turquoise waters and white sand? Only have 10 days? We put together a complete itinerary for Thailand that hits all the highlights, and in only 10 days! We included all the information you'll need to plan your very own Thai getaway!

Colca Canyon Peru Trekking Guide

The Colca Canyon is located in southern Peru and is the second deepest canyon in the world. Here's everything you need to know to do the Colca Canyon trek, either on your own or with a guided tour.

35+ Non-Cheesy Road Trip Quotes (& graphics!)

We hope these road trip quotes will inspire and motivate you to start planning your next adventure!

7 Adventurous Things to Do in Chiapas, Mexico

With endless outdoor adventures and a rich cultural heritage, Chiapas is a place in Mexico that we consider a hidden gem among tourists. After visiting this unique corner of Mexico, we put together a list of the best things to do in Chiapas. In this article, you’ll find all sorts...

13 Fun Things to Do in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

This laid back mountain town in southern Mexico has a unique draw that often keeps travelers longer than expected. Stroll the colorful streets and peak into a few popular shops and cafes and it’s easy to see why. We have a list of the top things to do in San...

48 Money-Saving Tips for a Cheap Road Trip

If you're planning a road trip and are trying to stay on a budget, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered our best, most practical money-saving tips and hacks so you can plan a cheap road trip without sacrificing any fun!

Ultimate Oregon Coast Road Trip (+ Free Map!)

Dotted with charming fishing towns and ruggedly beautiful beaches, the Oregon Coast is one of the best places in the USA to take a road trip. We’ve put together a detailed guide filled with things to do, where to eat, and driving times so you can plan the perfect Oregon...

14 Places to Visit on a Utah Road Trip

As one of the most underrated states in the US, we’re here to share with you all of the best places to visit on a Utah road trip, from the famed “Mighty 5” national parks to the lesser-known draws such as a hike to ancient ruins and a cafe built...

Las Vegas on a Budget: 27 Money-Saving Tips + Cheap Things to Do

You can easily blow your entire bank account in Las Vegas… Or you can use these tricks to save lots of money during your visit to Sin City! We've put together tons of money-saving tips and free activities so you can enjoy your time in Vegas without flattening your wallet....

9 Epic Things to Do in Namibia on a Budget

We have put together the epic list of things to do in Namibia that can comfortably fit into an 8-day road trip on a budget, and while traveling as responsibly as possible.

10 Best Things to Do in Nepal

With the iconic Himalayas Nepal is known for trekking and adventures, but there are far more things to do in this country than hiking and mountain sports. We’re walking you through the very best things to do in Nepal for all types of travelers. Whether it is your first trip...

Ultimate Nepal Travel Guide: Everything to Know for your Himalayan Adventure

With iconic Himalayan peaks (like Everest!), a vibrant culture, friendly people, and endless adventure activities, Nepal is a dream travel destination for many. We’ve visited this beautiful country 2 times and have put together some important information, personal stories, and handy travel advice in this Nepal travel guide to help...

32 Cheap (and Free!) Things to Do in Prague

Visiting Prague is high on most travelers’ Europe itineraries. This captivating city is not only beautiful, but packed with fun things to do. Though this Czech Republic gem is not the most budget-friendly city in Eastern Europe, there are still plenty of cheap (and free!) things to do in Prague....

New York City on a Budget: 17 Money-Saving Tips

It’s true: New York City ain’t cheap! Accommodation is notoriously expensive, and food can add up if you don’t know where to find cheap eats! But there’s good news: We’ve rounded up our top tips for traveling to NYC on a budget so you don’t come home from the Big...

Rosario Islands: Read This Before You Go to Playa Blanca

Visiting the famous white sand beach of Playa Blanca on Isla Grande is a popular day trip from Cartagena. We ventured here during our first trip to Colombia, and it was quite different than we expected. Read our story about visiting this famous Rosario Island so you are prepared!

26 Best Things to Do in Cartagena (and What to Eat!)

Cartagena is a colorful and bustling city on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast that makes it easy to fall in love. With a vibrant nightlife scene, stunning colonial architecture (hello Instagram!) and some of the best food in the country, this city is well worth a spot on your Colombia itinerary. We’ve...

16 Cheap Things to Do in Dubai in 3 Days

While Dubai is certainly not a cheap city, we’ve called on a local guest author who is sharing her top money-saving tips for visiting Dubai on a budget. She has created a 3-day itinerary including costs and local advice that most tourists don’t know. This article has everything you need...

How We Afford to Travel & You Can Too!

One of the most common questions people ask is how we afford to travel so often. It is a complex question with many answers, but we’re delving in and sharing all the things that have allowed us to travel and live abroad for 5 years (even while paying student loans!)....

How to Find Cheap Flights: 17 Expert Tips

Finding a super cheap flight is one of the most exciting feelings. Not only have you saved money, but you’re about to plan an adventure! We’re sharing all our tips and secrets for how to find cheap flights all over the world. After reading this, you’ll have the tools you...

11 Reasons Why You Should Teach English Abroad

Teaching English abroad was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. It helped us save a ton of money, introduced us to lifelong friends, and allowed us to travel the world. Find out why you should consider teaching English in another country. It might just be your best decision...

7 Reasons to Visit Cali, Colombia

Cali, Colombia is known as the salsa capital of the world. People from all over the world flock to Cali and many stay longer than they expected. This is what happened to our friend, Courtney, and she shares why Cali draws in people and makes them fall in love with...

Roatan or Utila: Which Honduras Bay Island is Better?

Having a tough time choosing between which Honduran Bay Island to visit? Roatan and Utila are both stunning in there own way with plenty of things to do, but we’ll tell you which one is right for you. In this guide we’ll answer which island has the better diving, things...

6 Incredible Things to Do in El Salvador

El Salvador is a country in Central America that many people skip over; but they are missing out! This country is full of friendly faces, culture, and landscapes that are just as beautiful as neighboring countries like Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Guest authors Emily and Aaron of Two Dusty Travelers...

24 Best Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal

If you're traveling to India and have a stop at the Taj Mahal on your itinerary, there are a few things you should know before your visit. We've rounded up 24 top tips we wish we would have known, including what time of day is best to visit and creative...

8 Reasons to House Sit & How to Get Started

House sitting holidays can allow you to travel cheaply through an expensive country and show you how locals live in their daily. Not only do you get free accommodation, but most of the time you get to care for the owner's pets. Taking a house sitting vacation is one of...

19 Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in Budapest

With its vibrant nightlife, rich history, tasty food and friendly locals, there is so much to love about Budapest! We're sharing our favorite cheap activities, best things to eat, and hidden gems in Hungary's capital. There are so many things to do in Budapest —from the ultra popular to the...

Road Trip Budget & Daily Costs of Vanlife

Traveling across the USA in a campervan can be a great way to see the country on a tight budget. Living in a van means you don’t need to spend money at hotels or expensive restaurants, plus, you can easily get off the beaten path. We kept track of everything...

One Wild Week Road Tripping in Idaho

Idaho is a lot more than potatoes. Come with us as we explore hot springs, epic mountain hikes and a landscape that feels like another planet. Lucky for you we have your whole one week road trip planned out.

Why You Should Visit Eastern Europe Now

Often overshadowed by its Western neighbors, Eastern Europe deserves to be on your travel bucket list. From natural beauty to adorable towns to rich culture, we'll share exactly why Eastern Europe should be on your radar.

22 Cheap Travel Hacks You Can Use Right Now

If you dream of traveling but don’t know how you can afford it, you’ve come to the right place! We’re sharing all our cheap travel tips that have allowed us to explore the world, even while paying off student loans! This guide will explain exactly how you can afford travel,...

How to Save Money for Travel: 20 Simple Money-Saving Tips

If saving money for travel – or buying a house, starting your own company, or I dunno, getting wine delivered to your doorstep each day – is a priority to you, these simple tips, mindsets and lifestyle adjustments will help you reach your financial goals.

14 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Hanoi

We stopped in Hanoi many times during our travels in Vietnam and this guide has you covered with free and cheap things to do in Hanoi, plus where to stay and what to eat.

Salento, Colombia Travel Guide: A Town with Culture, Coffee and Charm

Salento, Colombia is in the heart of coffee region and is known for colorful doorways, charming locals, world-class hiking and an explosive game you'll never forget!

Our Favorite Money-Saving Travel Resources

This list of resources and gear will save you money and time on your next trip. They have saved us hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars during our travels. Start saving money today!

When Budget Travel is Bad

Many of us in our daily lives struggle between wanting to give more and also be frugal. This is also true when traveling. But do you take it to the extreme when traveling overseas? Is it actually possible to travel responsibly AND on a budget? I think so and here’s...

How Much Does Everest Base Camp Trek Cost?

How much does it actually cost to hike to Everest Base Camp? The highest trek in the world doesn’t have to come at a high price. We’ll breakdown all our expenses throughout our 16-day trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes and show you how inexpensive it really is...

India is Not for Everyone

I have kind of a love-hate relationship with India. Here's why.

How to Travel the Galápagos Islands on a Budget

Everyone wants to know: "Is it expensive to travel to the Galapagos?" YES. No question about it. But lucky for you, we're going to share our best tips for traveling there on a budget because we believe it's a place that not only the rich should experience.

9 Easy Money Saving Tips in South Korea

We managed to save even more money than we expected while teaching English for a year in South Korea. And guess what? You can too if you follow these tips...

How Much to Budget for One Week in Bali?

Our time in Bali and Gili T island was an incredible 11 days. We were able to experience the culture, taste the cuisine, and tour the beautiful landscape. Find out how we did it all under $45 a day.

7 Amazing Budget Hostels in South America

During our three months traveling through South America, we stayed in many beds… thirty four, to be exact. We stayed in hostels, hotels, tents, bungalows, and even on a farm. We put together a list of seven of our favorite places (and one terrible hotel that should be avoided at...

Gettin’ Down & Dirty on the Farm: WOOFFing in Ecuador

The next leg of our journey included hiking into the Andes Mountains to a remote organic farm where we would be spending the next week working. This was both of our first times WWOOFing, and I can tell you it was quite an experience.

Cuenca Ecuador

Set in the Andes mountains, Cuenca, Ecuador’s buildings have an old world charm, yet progressive restaurants and contemporary museums give the city a modern aura.

Montañita Ecuador

Montañita is town on Ecuador’s coast known primarily for two things: 1) Decent surf & 2) Insane nightlife.

Galapagos Islands Ecuador

Budget travel is hard in the Galapagos, but you can do it. Just don't run out of cash like we did! During our travels we met several people who raved about the Galapagos and assured us we could stay on a budget while visiting one of the most unique ecosystems...

One Action-Packed Week in Baños

Set in a picture-perfect landscape of lush mountains streaked with waterfalls just three and a half hours from Quito, lies the small yet bustling town of Baños. Known for hot springs and adventure activities, Baños is on most travelers’ itineraries. You'll never be bored with all the things to do...

7 Fun Things to do in Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador's exciting capital city is full of stunning architecture and culture. We've rounded up the best things to do in Quito to help plan your time there.

Medellin Colombia

When we told friends and family that Colombia was among the countries we were planning to visit in South America, we were met by many concerned looks and questions.

Tayrona National Park: Beach Camping in Colombia

I don't think there are many better combinations in life than a beach and a tent. Tayrona National Park is a magical place where you can hike in and camp on the beach in a hammock or tent. We’ll tell you all about our experience traveling to this off the...

Taganga: A Dirt Road Paradise

A day after landing in Colombia, we made a journey along the coast to the town of Taganga. At one time a small fishing village, Taganga has recently become popular with backpackers and vacationing Colombians. It is unlike any place we have ever seen, which adds to its charm.