Don’t Hit The Road This Summer Without This Road Trip Checklist

Do you get overwhelmed when packing for a trip away? I do. There are so many things to get ready at home and to pack for myself, the two kids and my husband.

I find that packing for the kids is the hardest part of it all because there are some things I might forget that are irreplaceable on the road. I can’t just run into a drug store and find their special blankets or a worn, loved-on, slightly smelly stuffed animal.




This past weekend we were driving just about an hour away to go to my cousin’s wedding and I put off packing until the very last minute. I was literally shoving things in suitcases minutes before we would be walking out the door.

I had been stressing over how much I needed to pack for our family so of course putting it off was the logical choice, right? (My husband just loves my logic sometimes.) I ended up stress packing, which is like stress eating only you’re shoving anything and everything into a suitcase instead of your mouth.

Due to this, I forgot a couple things. Luckily, the items were not necessities and we were able to get by.

After the weekend was over, I decided I didn’t want to stress pack again, especially for the kids. We may take another trip or two this summer still and since I will be the main suitcase packer, I decided to create a better plan. Since summer is in full swing, I thought some of you might be packing up and heading off on road trips or vacations too.



Whether it’s a trip across your state or across the country, you can make sure you don’t leave anything behind with this list of must-haves for your kids. cations too and would appreciate my better plan; the Road Trip Checklist. This will surely help my mommy brain to work through the overwhelming parts of packing for the kids and I think it will help you too.

Grad the FREE Kids’ Road Trip Check List PDF in our printables section. Once you sign in, visit the checklists section.

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  • Mal Botts June 29, 2016 03.12 pm

    We live on an island so road trips aren’t really something we can do but we do go camping and a lot of this list translates really well!! Great read!!

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    • Everyday Mom Rachel June 29, 2016 09.23 pm

      Oh it totally applies to anytime you go anywhere with kids! Have fun camping!

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  • Terri Steffes June 29, 2016 03.56 pm

    Love this! My husband had a Che just of all of our daughters must haves on a trip we might forget her clothes but we would have her favorite bottle! Great printable!

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    • Everyday Mom Rachel June 29, 2016 09.22 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Rebecca Bryant June 29, 2016 05.57 pm

    Yes please adn thank you. I Am so printing this out so I don’t’ forget.

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  • Diedre June 29, 2016 06.25 pm

    The girls and I are headed to the beach soon, so your list came right on time! I pinned it and will happily share it on my FB page. Good stuff!

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    • Everyday Mom Rachel June 29, 2016 09.21 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Rese June 29, 2016 06.52 pm

    This is a great list for people who are not well prepared. I tend to pre-pack way too far in advance ! ☺

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  • Kim June 29, 2016 07.24 pm

    Yay! We leave in two weeks so this post came at the right time. Can’t wait to print and use!

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    • Everyday Mom Rachel June 29, 2016 09.22 pm

      Have fun!

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  • Lauren | also known as mama June 29, 2016 10.18 pm

    Perfect timing! We’re leaving for vacation on Saturday. Pinning this!

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  • Amber Nelson June 30, 2016 02.18 am

    This is a great checklist. I am going to check this out before our roadtrip this weekend.

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  • Carolyn June 30, 2016 02.46 am

    I use a packing list too. It makes it so much easier and less likely that I will forget something important.

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  • Eva / Kid Minds June 30, 2016 02.54 am

    You are right! There are so many things that need to be included, it’s totally crazy! We also like to take audio books (fairy tales usually work for all ages) and car pillows for naps.

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  • Paula June 30, 2016 06.30 am

    Great idea! Having a checklist makes it so much easier to pack, and makes sure you don’t get out of the house without the essentials 🙂

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  • Reesa Lewandowski June 30, 2016 02.08 pm

    Wow this is like the ultimate checklist! Thank you! I feel like I can never get it together enough to remember everything i need, this will help!

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  • Lauren June 30, 2016 03.08 pm

    Love this checklist! I always throw things together last minute too!

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  • Christina Aliperti June 30, 2016 11.07 pm

    This is perfect! I always feel like I am forgetting something, this will give me some peace of mind.

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  • Debra July 01, 2016 12.30 am

    This is such a great checklist! I always stress over what I am leaving at home when I take my kiddos with me anywhere!

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  • Terryn Winfield July 01, 2016 01.05 am

    I have been searching for a great checklist, this is perfect. Thank you! We have a day long trip planned next month.

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    • Everyday Mom Rachel July 01, 2016 02.19 am

      You’re welcome!

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  • Whitney S July 01, 2016 04.53 am

    My husband and I don’t have kids, but when we go on a road trip or traveling long distances, we make sure to make Spotify playlists, make sure we have phone chargers, and drinks and snacks just in case.

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  • Sara Buckner July 02, 2016 01.02 am

    What a great idea! Having a list is so important to make sure you have everything you need!

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  • Cara (@StylishGeek) July 05, 2016 09.21 pm

    I wrote a similar post like this a few months ago because my family and I love to do road trips and camping trips! I love your easy to print list! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Amanda June 26, 2018 08.34 pm

    I’m all about using checklist every time we travel. I hate when I get blamed for forgetting something!

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  • Liz Mays June 26, 2018 09.01 pm

    I have plenty more trips planned this summer so this checklist should help! It’s so much easier to pack when I have a list in front of me.

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  • Ladena June 26, 2018 10.54 pm

    What a great checklist! I always forget things when we take road trips and it’s so frustrating. This list would really help me remember everything!

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  • Stephanie June 26, 2018 10.59 pm

    I LOVE having packing lists. I just got back from one two-week vacation with my family in which we flew then did a lot of driving. Now I am getting ready for another two-week vacation that we are road-tripping (a 17-hour drive straight through). I have a whiteboard that I use to list every single little thing we need and cross it off as I pack it. I also have a list of things to do before we leave, too!

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  • Amy June 26, 2018 11.08 pm

    What a great idea! I really need to get a spare tire for my car this summer before I go on any trips!

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  • Cassie @ Getyourholidayon June 26, 2018 11.13 pm

    This is fantastic! I need this for our road trip coming up soon. Thank you for such helpful ideas. 🙂

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  • Cyn Gagen June 27, 2018 12.42 am

    That’s a great printable! We love road trips so I’ll definitely be printing it out and using it.

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  • Rose Ann Sales June 27, 2018 01.55 am

    It such a good thing to have a checklist when you are planning for a road trip, thank you for sharing this nice idea.

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  • GiGi Eats June 27, 2018 02.09 am

    Not sure we have any road trips scheduled BUT – we are a couple that always does things LAST MINUTE so you never know!

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  • Keikilani June 27, 2018 02.36 am

    We just took two road trips with the kids. One 18 hrs and one 25. Those were doozzies! Wish I had gotten a hold of your list before our trips. Saving for the next one for sure.

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  • Crystal Mendez June 27, 2018 02.52 am

    Great idea! I let my older kids pack on their own – and you know what happens? One kid packs only 1 pair of pants, 1 kid loses a pair of pants and another kid only packs one pair of underwear for the entire week long trip–I could probably use a check list! lol!

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  • Sarah June 27, 2018 06.01 am

    This is a great list! We take tons of road trips during. the summer and I have learned that it’s important to keep the kids entertained.

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  • Kate June 27, 2018 06.54 am

    I love going on road trips… and this is such a helpful checklist! Keeping the kids entertained is crucial to the trip being enjoyable for everyone!

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  • Melanie williams June 27, 2018 11.35 am

    Always good to have a checklist…we always do, as it keeps us organised and less like to forget stuff x

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  • Jennifer June 27, 2018 01.15 pm

    This is a great road trip list! Thanks for sharing it

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  • Jessica June 27, 2018 02.00 pm

    A list is such a great idea! I don’t know how many times I have forgotten something, and left it behind.

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  • Reesa Lewandowski June 27, 2018 02.09 pm

    We are heading out on a road trip next week. I will be using your post as a guide!

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  • katrina gehman June 27, 2018 04.00 pm

    great list. saving this as we are taking a trip in a couple weeks and will def need this.

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  • Holly Lasha June 27, 2018 06.17 pm

    What a great list. These are excellent suggestions for summertime and travel! I better get shopping!

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  • Dawn – Our Food Fix June 27, 2018 09.32 pm

    Such great ideas! We have a road trip in August and I cannot wait!

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  • Kayla June 27, 2018 09.46 pm

    We often just pile in the van on sundays, and just drive around. I love going on road trips with my kids.

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  • sarah camille June 28, 2018 02.53 am

    I love a good impromptu road trip in the summer so I can’t wait to see what’s on your list! I’m actually going on one this weekend.

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  • April June 28, 2018 04.06 am

    Printing this out now! I definitely need this for my next road trip, I always seem to forget something.

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  • Heather June 28, 2018 03.07 pm

    This is great! We road trip a lot with our daughters and every time I think I have a great grip on what we need for a comfortable experience, our daughters fully change all their preferences!

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  • Aarika June 28, 2018 10.52 pm

    This is a great checklist for the road! You even include entertainment. 😉 You think of everything. Thanks for sharing this awesome list!

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