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UK Road trip to visit the Peak District

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. 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. The beautiful Lake District in Cumbria. 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.

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!

This 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.

*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 🙂

Let me know if you think of any extra items that would have been handy whilst I’m driving around the UK.

*Becky the Traveller participates in the Amazon Services Associates Programme, as well as other affiliate programmes. If you make a purchase through these, I earn from the qualifying links. This is at no extra cost to you. Read more here.


UK Road Trip Packing List

Boring car items (but essential ones!)

  • Driving licence
  • Insurance details
  • Emergency roadside assistance (plus phone number)
  • Pen and paper
  • Tissues
  • Coins for parking machines (Becky’s Tip – 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

  • 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

Emergency items

  • 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 toolkit
  • Torch (Head torch best option, if you have to change a tyre in the dark!)


  • Phone
  • Phone USB charging cable
  • USB car charger/adaptor
  • Power inverter to charge laptops, tablets, camera batteries on the go. (This is the one I 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

  • Picnic blanket
  • Camera (to capture all those beautiful memories of your trip).
  • Binoculars

Personal items

  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Lip balm (car aircon always seems to dry my lips out)
  • Extra jumper or top to keep you warm

Food and drink

  • Water
  • Breakfast bars
  • Fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Crisps
  • Nuts
  • Lunch options – sandwiches or pasta (in your cool box)
  • Lunchbox to keep food fresh

Camping items (optional)

  • Tent – My first tent the Vango Banshee 200
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Gas stove + spare gas
  • Cooking equipment – Saucepan, frying pan and cooking utensils
  • Cutlery, bowls, plates and mugs
  • Eco-friendly washing up liquid + sponge

You might like to try these campsites in the UK 

Camping Pod in the Cairngorms | Eskdale Campsite and YHA Borrowdale in the Lake District | Glen Nevis campsite, Ben Nevis

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Are you planning a trip to the UK? 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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The ultimate UK road trip packing list. From boring items to those must essentials. This list has everything you need to pack for the perfect road trip in the United Kingdom. Planning a road trip in the UK? Here's how to plan the perfect journey without forgetting any of the essential items. Includes a free checklist. Topics, emergency car gear, technology, personal items! Driving in the UK | Road trip | United Kingdom | Holiday Checklist

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