Winter road trips are a lot of fun. But throw in those snowy
conditions, and packing can seem like a huge task!
What about all the additional items you’ll need to take?!
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be too complicated. As someone who has lived in a ski resort, I know a thing or 2 about driving in frosty conditions. I’ve created this complete Winter road trip packing list to help you get everything sorted before you set off.
I’m going to share with you all the winter road trip essentials you need! There are items for safety, camping, and a few gadgets to keep you entertained.
Read on and ensure you use our winter road trip checklist on the day of your journey to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
Winter Road Trip Essentials
To make the process easier, I have created 3 basic steps for using this guide. Follow these and packing for your Winter road trip will be a breeze.
You can start by checking you have all the key items from our core list. After this, work your way through all of the winter road trip essentials listed in this article.
After you have packed everything, use our winter road trip checklist on leaving day to make sure nothing has been forgotten!
Pack everything and use our winter road trip checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Key Driver Items
Mobile phone and in-car charger
Portable battery power banks
CD’s and playlists
Books to read
Winter Road Trip Food
It is important to pack food provisions for your winter road trip. As a minimum, ensure you have water for drinking and emergency snacks.
Reusable water bottles
Your favorite snacks including crisps, chocolate, and muffins!
Homemade sandwiches and chopped fruit
Nuts, seeds, and other healthy snack ideas
In terms of a food packing list, your road trip needs a separate one. Check out this helpful article we’ve written on the best car food.
A full list of road trip
healthcare essentials can be found in our complete road trip packing list, but
when taking a road trip during Winter, be sure to include the following:
Sunscreen (Yes, you still need this!)
Staying Warm In The Car
Whilst on your journey its important to stay warm in the car. These items will ensure you stay toasty even in the frostiest of conditions! They are some of the most important winter road trip essentials!
Gloves, hats, and scarves
A warm coat or jacket and thick socks
Warm snow boots if required
Blankets are perfect for staying warm during
stops, or simply getting cozy as a passenger. They don’t take up much space so
I would strongly recommend packing a couple.
Hand and toe warmers are easy to pack and can help you stay a bit warmer in a pinch. You can slot them into your gloves or your shoes. What’s more, you can even buy reusable ones – it’s always good to be eco-friendly when you travel.
A pair of jumper cables in case of a flat battery is essential. If you plan to travel in remote areas during Winter, I strongly recommend you take a battery pack as jumper cables rely on someone else being around to help you!
multiple cans/bottles of de-icer. This is by far the most effective means of defrosting
your windows in the morning, along with your scraper.
Winter coolant has a lower freezing point than regular coolant. This is extremely important. You still need to keep your engine cool in cold temperatures, and frozen coolant will not do this.
Winter Screen Wash Fluid
Winter-specific washer fluid also contains anti-freeze and will clean your windscreen in even the coldest temperatures. Windscreen fluid is essential during a Winter road trip due to spray from other vehicles and bad road conditions.
Winter Wiper Blades.
These differ from regular wiper blades. They are designed to effectively clear ice and snow as well as rain.
Winter Tires or Snow Chains
Research Winter driving laws for your road trip destination. In certain areas, snow tires or snow chains are a must, particularly in mountainous regions.
First Aid Kit
This should contain at minimum: band-aids, sterilizing wipes, bandages, scissors, pain killers, medication
different layers perform different functions.
Whereas one big chunky sweater is only good for keeping you warm, a system of layering is multi-functional. As a general rule, your base-layer will wick moisture away from your body, your mid-layer provides insulation, and your outer-layer (or shell) keeps out wind and water.
The Winter Clothing Packing List
This part of the
packing list is totally customizable.
The key is to adjust
your clothes packing list depending on what you plan to do.
It’s now time to load up the bags and pack the car with all those Winter essentials. Use this article as your extensive packing list and get everything ready to go.
REMINDER: You can easily navigate around this article using the
Winter Road Trip Checklist (Leaving Day)
This simple leaving day winter road trip checklist will make sure you haven’t missed anything vital and put your mind at ease. Bookmark this page and make sure you check everything off on the day of departure!
Key Driver Items
Proof Of Insurance
Road Trip Food
Maps If Required
In-Car Charger & Cell Phone
Games To Play On The Road
Books You Enjoy Reading
Winter Road Trip Food
Water Bottles For Reuse
Chocolate, Crisps, Muffins, or Other Snacks!
Fruit, Sandwiches, and Other Homemade food
Healthy Snack Ideas Such As Nuts And Seeds
SPF Lip Balm
First Aid Kit
Scarves, Hats, Gloves, and Other Warm Items
Warm Socks, Coats, and Jackets
A Warm Blanket
Winter Car Safety
Roadside emergency kit
Cables For Jump Starting A Vehicle
Check Your Spare Tire
Scraper For Ice
De-Icer, Screen Wash and Wiper Blades
Let us know if there are any items you think we have missed from this winter road trip checklist!
conditions and regulations
Two Final Points
While these do not necessarily winter road trip packing list items, they are important things to consider before taking your trip. If you’re renting a vehicle for your road trip, the first point is the most important.
These rules exist for a reason – they are designed to keep you
Prepare Your Vehicle
Preparing your car for a road trip is smart at any time of year, however, in Winter it’s especially important. Colder months can put extra strain on your vehicle. You may need additional fluids etc.
Now it’s your turn.
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