In such a beautiful country as Australia, it is a must to explore the natural and urban scenes with a road trip. Whether you’re doing a cross country trip from coast to coast or taking your time exploring your state’s own backyard – here’s the ultimate road trip packing list to guide you through the various essentials to keep your get away running smoothly. Whether you’re a cycling fanatic who forgets their Car bike Racks or a city slicker from Melbourne who poorly anticipated the rain, these are some essentials to keep in your car.
Car Essentials and accessories:
- Your License and all that goes with it
License, registration, a copy of your car insurance (just in case!), your car manual and spare tire.
- Roadside Emergency Kit
Think battery booster cables, torches, emergency poncho, high-vis vest, whistle, tire pressure gauge, window breaker, spare tire tools etc.
Entertainment while on the road:
- Phone and charger
An essential regardless.
- Handsfree kit for your phone
It is illegal/dangerous to use your mobile while driving. Play it safe and keep your focus on the road.
- Bring your bikes and zoom around the board walks or bike trails throughout the country.
- The greatest Road trip playlist
Make it yourself or use a streaming service for a no-fuss good time
- Favourite Camera and chargers
Be sure to include a charging cable that can be used in the car. A USB cable usually does the trick.
- A book or two
Or three, or four..
Comfort kit packing list:
- Sunglasses for the unpredictable glare and shine of the Gold Coast
- Blankets for cosying up for your mid-afternoon nap or to use as a picnic blanket when you’re hankering for a sit down snack.
- Car bike racks Melbourne has plenty of bike tracks to explore taking you from concrete jungle to grassy hillsides and beyond.
Fresh breath – a great pick me up.
- UV Window Shades
For when you’ve got a long road ahead of you and the sun is shining through the one side of your car.
- Hand sanitizer
Because not everything will be clean and sanitary.
- Travel pillow because comfy people are happy people.
- Travel Mug and Reusable Water bottle
Great for convenience, great for the environment and lowers the chance of unnecessary spillage.
- A towel
In case of unexpected downpour, or your motel doesn’t provide them or you spill your store bought coffee in the front seat – the potential for this item is uncapped.
- Day Pack
For the spontaneous walk/hike or local exploration.
The often forgotten miscellaneous:
An essential if driving around Australia where the sun is beating down on your through the glass all day. Avoid the look of truckers arm and the pain of a summer sunburn.
- Body Wipes
Keeping you fresh with the boxed shower.
For under the tent, over the tent, strung between the car and the tent. However you need it, the tarp will be.
- Lip Balm
Keep one in the glove box and one in your bag so you’re never without this little lifesaver
- Toiletries, toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Rubbish bags
It’s not rare to find parks that don’t supply bins, so keep a few in your car so you’re not leaving anything nasty behind.
Always a brilliant idea.
- Tweezers/Swiss army knife
Multi-tools like this are fantastic to have in almost all situations.
Hopefully you find yourself well prepared for anything the road brings your way – happy travels!