Road trips are a perfect way to explore a new country. Or even your own! After driving around Iceland’s Ring Road this summer. I’m now going on my first UK road trip. So, of course, I needed to create the perfect road trip packing list to make sure I don’t forget anything.
There are so many beautiful places you can visit in the UK. Did you know we have 15 National Parks? From the Cairngorms in Scotland to Snowdonia in Wales. And down to Dartmoor National Park on the west coast of England. As well as many more stunning spots to visit. Driving is a perfect way to enjoy all that the United Kingdom has to offer. And during my time I will be visiting and hiking in all our stunning National Parks. Click here to check out my route.
Whether your trip is for a couple of days or a few weeks. Your packing list is going to relatively be the same. Have you ever noticed when you’re packing for a trip? You have the same amount of things for a short trip as you do for a long one!
Below is my ultimate UK road trip packing list. It includes everything from boring car documents, emergency items and how to make your journey more enjoyable. And a few things you might not have thought about taking.
If I think of any extra items that would have been handy whilst I’m driving around the UK. Then I will update the list! Of course, if you think of anything I’ve missed, please let me know :).
*I’ve added links to some of my favourites items. If you’d like to buy them for your trip simply click on the images 🙂
UK road trip packing list
Boring car items (but essential ones!)
- Driving licence
- Insurance details
- Emergency road side assistance (plus phone number)
- Pen and paper
- Coins for parking machines (Becky’s Tip – in the UK we have the new £1 coin which isn’t accepted in all machines – take lots of 50p, 20p, 10p)
- Map or GPS (even if your car has sat nav this is still a handy item)
- Ice scraper (winter months)
For a more enjoyable journey
- Bottle of water – keep hydrated! (I love my Sigg pictured below).
- Or a flask for a hot drink – (I use Sigg Hot & Cold – read my review here)
- Music (AUX cable to plug your phone/iPod in or maybe even some CDs!)
- Sweeties or healthy snacks (I like both!)
- Car mints
- Small first aid kit
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Water – I am taking my 5 litre water carrier. (Handy for both camping and if the car gets thirsty!)
- Spare tyre + car jack and tool kit
- Torch (Head torch best option, if you have to change a tyre in the dark!)
- Phone USB charging cable
- USB car charger/adaptor
- Power inverter to charge laptops, tablets, camera batteries on the go. (Below is the one I’ve just ordered from Amazon!)
Keeping you and the car clean
- Wet wipes – these come in handy for anything!
- Hand sanitiser
- Toilet paper + plastic bags (leave no trace)
- Paper towels
- Rubbish bags – to try and keep your car tidy!
- Seat cover – if you do get caught in a rain shower, save your car seat getting wet too with a cover (or a black bin bag will do the trick)
Handy optional extras
- Cool box + ice blocks (for food and drinks especially in the summer months)
- Umbrella (you never know when it might rain in the UK)
- Pocket knife/Swiss army knife
- Picnic blanket
- Camera (to capture all those beautiful memories of your trip).
- Medication and prescriptions
- Lip balm (car air con always seems to dry my lips out)
- Extra jumper or top to keep you warm
Food and drink
- Breakfast bars
- Lunch options – sandwiches or pasta (in your cool box)
- Lunchbox to keep food fresh
Camping items (optional)
- Sleeping mat
- Sleeping bag
- Gas stove + spare gas
- Cooking equipment – Saucepan, frying pan and cooking utensils
- Cutlery, bowls, plates and mugs
- Eco-friendly washing up liquid + sponge
Are you planning a trip? Can you think of anything I have missed off my UK road trip packing list? Tell me in the comments below:
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