5 Road Trip Essentials For Holiday Travel

Road Trip Essentials for Holiday Travel | Sense of Sunny

Holiday travel season is upon us! From parties, family reunions and romantic getaways to dreaded shopping malls and grocery stores, we’re bound to spend a lot of time in the car these next couple months.

Below are a few essentials to get you through your next road trip and the plight of holiday traffic.

5 Road Trip Essentials For Holiday Travel

Healthy Snacks

This kind of goes without saying. No good day is complete without snacks. It’s really important to choose healthy snacks that will sustain your energy and appetite until a meal is on the horizon. It can be easy to stock up on leftover Halloween candy and venti Peppermint Mocha’s, but nothing is worse than a sugar crash during a long road trip or in the middle of a TJ Maxx. Trust me. I’ve been there, done that. The best snacks are high in protein or contain mostly natural sugars. Nuts, whole-food granola bars and prepared fruit will curb your cravings and give you that needed boost of energy. Some of my favorite healthy snacks are Skinny Pop popcorn, Lärabars and apple slices with cinnamon.

Driver Entertainment

There is solitude to be found in driving solo, but more often than not, boredom is inevitable. There are only so many hours that you can listen to the radio, and this time of year, country Christmas classics get old real fast. To avoid this issue, I suggest curating your perfect driving playlist that will appeal to any and all of your moods.

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve really been into podcasts. Before a road trip, I like to make sure that all of my favorite subscriptions are updated and have a few saved for easy access. Podcasts help pass the time on road trips or long commutes, and often give you something else to think about that isn’t “are we there yet?!”

Waze App

For local travel, I normally default to Google Maps. For all long-distance travel or navigation in an unfamiliar place, I always use the Waze app. If you’ve never heard of Waze, download it immediately! It has quite a few more features than Google Maps–alerting you when police are near, when accidents/traffic are ahead and when you’re exceeding the posted speed limit. Ain’t nobody got money for speeding tickets.

Energizing Essential Oils

Despite every effort to keep your eyes open and on the road, sometimes the struggle can be so real. One of my favorite remedies to this problem is using essential oils to boost energy and relaxation–both of which I normally find myself needing on road trips and shopping trips alike. I have a roll-on blend that is meant for alleviating headaches, but the combination of peppermint, lavender and frankincense really helps me to stay calm and alert.

Essential oils are becoming more popular these days, which is great! However, it’s important to make sure you’re selecting 100% pure, high-quality oils to receive all of the magical benefits. I love and swear by the Young Living brand. Let me know if you’re interested in learning more about this!

Extra Stuff (and where to keep it)

If you’ve ever streamed music, podcasts or navigation, you know what I mean when I say that it will drain your battery in a hot second. I suggest keeping an extra phone charger permanently stored in your console for those days. Not to mention, you never want to find yourself lost or in a dangerous situation without the means to contact someone for help.

I also recommend keeping $20 hidden away in your car, for emergency use only. Eventually you forget about it’s existence, of course until you’re really desperate for cash. Thankfully, I’ve only ever needed to spend this money at an unexpected toll, but you just never know when it will come in handy.

As for the rest of your junk? Keep it in the trunk! If you’re going to keep your purse, shopping bags or other valuable items out in plain sight, you might as well add a sign that says “Steal Me!!!!!!!” It’s best to limit the items you keep in your car, especially during the holidays.


Do you have any travel plans this season? What’s a road trip essential for you?