15 Essential Things to Take on Your Next Road Trip


I'm that person on road trips that always needs coffee and snacks, and has to stop for a bathroom break in every town*.  Most of the long distance road trips that we do are overnight, and it's not unusual for us to do between 12 to 20 hours in a day. Because of this, I have become the master of packing a car bag. It's like a carry on, but better since there's no restrictions. With road trip season coming up I wanted to share my essentials with you. Road tripping will never be the same.



A great playlist

I LOOOOVE Spotify, but make sure you make it available offline before you hit the road. I've fucked up my data more than once doing this. I'll be posting my summer driving list later this month, or you can find me @btataryn on Spotify. 


Blanket Scarf

I've been using a gorgeous turkish towel from OddBird - it works as a blanket, a scarf or a towel for impromptu roadside dips. It's perfection. 


A Pillow

Seems so simple, but I've forgotten it so many times that now I just keep one in the car. 


Bottles & Bottles of Water

So much water. 


Comfy Clothes aaaand a Change of Clothes

I usually travel in the comfiest thing I own (make sure it isn't a jumpsuit in case you need to pee in the bushes - I've made that mistake before), and then bring something to change into when I get there. I usually start interviewing & checking places out immediately, and this time it's actually before we get to our air bnb since we're spending the day in Van first. Interviewing people in clothes that you've slept in just feels wrong. 


Dry Shampoo & Rose Lavender Hyrdosol

Both are remarkable for freshening up that stale car feeling. Adorn Infusions makes the absolute best.


Concealer, Luminizer & Mascara

Because it's nice to feel nice, and even just spending five minutes mindfully primping yourself helps boost your mood and energy immensely. I use (& love) the RMS products.



A well-made, good looking pair can make you feel fabulous instead of stale & tired, plus they hide all kinds of sleep deprivation.


Vitamins & Elixirs

Cannabis, reishi, hawthorne, and kombucha are all things that help me sleep, keep me regular and just generally sane - they are a must for me. 



Isaac likes sugary sour candies, I like delicious treats from The Light Cellar, and we both love Hard Bite salt & vinegar chips. Also, we always keep gum on hand to munch on when the road gets boring. 


Glasses and Extra Contacts

Because dry eyes SUCK. 


Toothbrush & Toohpaste

Fuzzy teeth suck almost as much as dry eyes. Almost. 



Isaac drives like a mad man and I get carsick. This is a MUST for me. 


Phone chargers

Because 12 hours is a lot longer than an iPhone battery lasts when you're playing music & scrolling through Instagram.


A Durable Bag

I love this ethically made mudcloth one (available at in store at Fieldstudy) or this thick canvas one. Both are super durable and fit all the things. 


*Seriously - even if I'm sleeping, I will wake up. Isaac prays that lights stay green so that the sudden stopping at a red light doesn't signal my inner "time to break" alarm.