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15 Road Trip Must-Have Items For Your Next Cross-Country Adventure

There’s no better time than the summer to grab your girls — or go solo — and embark on a cross-city road trip.

Sure, it’s nice to sit poolside or go out to a day party, but there’s something special about putting together an itinerary, packing enough clothes and snacks to last you a few days, and setting off to a new, yet nearby, destination. Whether you're planning a weekend getaway to a neighboring town or a cross-country adventure, packing the right essentials is key to having a smooth and enjoyable journey.

From haircare to snacks, backpacks, and chargers, preparing your packing list will ensure you’re fully equipped for an unforgettable experience. So, before you fill up your tank and pack your weekend bags, we'll walk you through the must-have items to keep handy while hitting the open road.

Cécred Travel-Size Double Cleanse Kit With Moisturizing Deep Conditioner


If you’re looking for a travel-friendly, compact way to store your haircare products while away from home conveniently, Beyoncè’s Cécred brand has you covered. The clarifying shampoo and scalp scrub help to revive and renew your hair and scalp, providing your hair with the deep clean it craves. The hydrating shampoo is infused with hyaluronic acid. It provides deep hydration, while the deep conditioner is enriched with an African oil blend and shea butter, leaving your hair revalidated while you’re on the road.

JBL Clip 4 Eco


When your friends ask, “Who’s on the Aux?” you can smile with the pleasure of knowing you’re providing the vibes. Enhance your road trip soundtrack with the JBL Clip 4 Eco, a portable and eco-friendly Bluetooth speaker. Its compact size and carabiner clip make it easy to attach to your bag or vehicle, providing high-quality sound wherever you go.

Olipop Sparkling Tonic Variety Pack


Stay refreshed and enjoy a healthy beverage option with the Olipop 6-Flavor Sparkling Tonic Variety Pack. These tonics are a delicious, gut-friendly alternative to traditional sodas, perfect for keeping you hydrated and satisfied during your drive.

Baggu Packing Cube Set


Organize your luggage efficiently with the Baggu Packing Cube Set. These durable, lightweight cubes help you compartmentalize your clothes and accessories, making it easy to find what you need without unpacking everything. They are perfect for keeping your road trip essentials neat and accessible.

Loop Quiet Ear Plugs for Noise Reduction


These Loop Quiet Ear Plugs are designed to reduce noise, making them perfect for blocking out traffic sounds, snoring travel companions, or noisy environments. They are comfortable and discreet, providing you with the quiet you need to rest or focus during your trip.

Kodak Mini 2 Retro 4PASS Portable Instant Photo Printer + 68 Sheets Bundle


Capture and print your road trip memories instantly with the Kodak Mini 2 Retro 4PASS Portable Instant Photo Printer. This compact printer allows you to print high-quality photos directly from your smartphone. The bundle includes 68 sheets, so you can create physical keepsakes of your journey and share them with friends and family on the go.

Curology Gel Moisturizer


Our skincare routine doesn’t stop just because we’re on the road! Add this lightweight, everyday moisturizer to your travel bag to stay on top of your skin goals.

LesserEvil Organic Popcorn, Himalayan Pink Salt


Snack smart with LesserEvil Organic Popcorn in Homer's Blend. This tasty and healthy popcorn is made with organic ingredients and offers a satisfying crunch without the guilt, making it a perfect road trip snack.

Sagely Naturals Calm & Centered CBD Cream


After a long day of fun, you’ll probably be looking for a way to bring some ease back into your body. For moments like this, Sagely Naturals Calm & Centered CBD Cream is a great option, featuring calming lavender oil and chamomile oil. This cream absorbs quickly into the skin, providing a soothing and natural way to keep your skin moisturized and calm during your travels.

iWALK USB-C Portable Charger


A reliable portable phone charger is a lifesaver, especially when you're using your phone for navigation, music, and emergency calls. Keep your devices powered on the go with the iWALK USB-C Portable Charger. Compact and efficient, this portable charger ensures your gadgets stay charged throughout your journey.

LOVE CORN Sea Salt Crunchy Corn Pack


For a crunchy and savory treat, bring along a bag of LOVE CORN Sea Salt. These delicious, crunchy corn kernels are a great alternative to traditional chips and are perfect for snacking on the go.

Baboon to the Moon Go-Bag — Mini

Baboon to the Moon

Pack your essentials in style with the Baboon to the Moon Go-Bag — Mini. This durable and versatile bag is perfect for short trips or as an additional carry-on. Its compact size and multiple compartments make it ideal for organizing your belongings and keeping everything easily accessible.

Bed Head by TIGI Hair Wax Stick


When you’re out on excursions, hikes, or driving with the top down, the last thing you want to think about is your hair’s flyaways. TIGI Hair Wax Stick is the “OG” in the wax stick category, with a stronghold that will leave your hair smooth, laid, and frizz-free.



Keep your mind sharp and entertained during long drives with Crosswordese, a fun and challenging crossword puzzle book. Perfect for downtime at rest stops or in the evenings, this book offers hours of engaging brain exercises to keep you entertained on the road.

Saie Slip Tint SPF 35 Tinted Moisturizer


Protect your skin while staying radiant with the Saie Slip Tint SPF 35 Tinted Moisturizer. This light-coverage moisturizer provides hydration and sun protection, making it perfect for road trips where you’re exposed to varying weather conditions. Its tinted formula evens out your skin tone, giving you a natural, healthy glow.

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