5 Travel Essentials for Summer Road Trips

As Spring comes to an end, I find myself day dreaming more and more about Summer road trips we have planned. I love weekend road trips as they are the perfect breaks and let us experience local cultures in more depth. This summer, these 5 items will become our essentials for all the trips we have planned:

Summer road trip essentials ... The Spectacular Adventurer

Picnic Basket & Blanket

Normally during road trips, we try to make stops along the way for a break during lunch at some park or picnic area. This summer, I am so excited to bring this cooler backpack (on sale right now too!) with us. It will be perfect for short trips from home in the park or longer day trips. The inside has adjustable compartments that you can configure to store wine (or water bottles in our case) and food for the trip. I also always bring a picnic blanket with me for tables or the ground. This blanket (under $20) is perfect as the bottom is water resistant and it folds into the perfect packable size!

Kindle – E-reader

Whether it’s a long trip or simple crossing county lines, I love to have plenty to do during the time on the road. One of my favorite things to bring is my kindle. I can load it with tons of great books to read along the way to keep me occupied for hours along the way.


For long hours with the sun beaming into the car, sunglasses are essential. I love my Tory Burch Sunglasses (featured in my 5 spring style essentials post here). The pastel blue color makes them the perfect accessory for any road trip! Some similar great options are Saint Laurent Kate sunglassesRay Bans 56mm sunglasses and DKNY Iridium square sunglasses.

Summer road trip essentials with the perfect sunglasses by Tory Burch ... The Spectacular Adventurer
Outfit Details: Madewell Village stripe ruffle sleeve shirtDenim Madewell JacketReformation Serena high waist skinny jeansPaul Green Morea lace up sandals, Tory Burch Sunglasses (old), and Kate Spade Hoop Earnings´╗┐

Car Games

Growing up, every road trip we used to play the license plate game where we would try and spot all the states over the course of the ride. This hasn’t changed as I got older. I find every trip we take that I still try and spot all the states over the ride. For this summer though instead of writing them down along the way I found these amazing scratch off USA maps. I am super excited to try them on our next road trip and scratch off the license plates along the way!


With any trip, I love journalling about my adventures. This travel journal is perfect for this summer. Not only is it under $10, but I love the fun passport stamp cover! It’s also the perfect size to pack in my purse for the road trip.

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  1. Jayne
    June 4, 2019 / 1:52 am

    We always take a picnic blanket everywhere with us, too!

    • Liz
      June 4, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      I am beyond excited to enjoy all our summer picnics on this blanket! ­čÖé

  2. June 6, 2019 / 7:47 am

    I’ve never really been on a road trip before, but if I can get over my fear of getting back behind the wheel, hopefully I’ll be doing one this summer finally! And all these sound like essential things to pack with me!

    – Laura // afinnontheloose.com

    • Liz
      June 6, 2019 / 10:15 pm

      Summer is the perfect time for fun road trips! Good luck getting back behind the wheel.

  3. June 9, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    Can you believe that I’ve never been on a road trip? Maybe this year and I will be able to follow your tips!

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