Pack like a pro for summer family road trips


Whether you’re packing for a day trip or longer, consider the basic items every family needs when they hit the road.


Safety First

  • Jumper cables

  • Tire jack and filled spare tire

  • Emergency kit with basic repair tools, working flashlight, flares, blankets, etc.

  • Fire extinguisher

  • First aid kit: Check that yours is properly stocked and rotate out any expired items.

  • Emergency water supply

  • Duct tape - Because you never know when you’ll need to MacGyver something



Practical Concerns

  • Garbage bags

  • Wet wipes

  • Disposable urinals like TravelJohn! and TravelJane! - These are actual products! Who knew?

  • Car sickness wristbands/medications

  • Blanket & towels

  • Water supply

  • Neck pillows


Fun & Games

  • Books: try an audio book the whole family can enjoy - Try the Harry Potter series or classics like Chronicles of Narnia

  • Games like car bingo and ISpy

  • No-mess activities such as Invisible Ink books or Crayola Color Wonder sets

  • Music — don’t forget the headphones

  • Tablets or other screen devices with downloaded stories, movies and music - Download a new movie your child has really wanted to see to keep them engrossed for a good chunk of time.

  • A bin for each kid to store their travel items

  • All the charging cables!


Food & Drink

  • Water bottles for everyone

  • Juice boxes

  • Shelf-stable snacks like jerky, nuts, oranges, apples

  • Special treats like gum. Warning: bubble blowing contests may ensue.



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Meet Laura Augustine

Laura Augustine has worked as a finance assistant at Capitol Auto Group for 7 years. She is the proud mom of three kids (four, if you count her husband Chad): Ariel, age 23; Claudia, age 22; and Bryson, age 18. As a family, they love to go fishing and boating at Detroit Lake, and they also have four Saint Bernard Dogs: Grace, Ted, Jerry and Stuart.