Road-trip essentials: items you should pack for a road trip

Road-trip essentials: items you should pack for a road trip

Wagan Tech7/31/23

by Justin Gray

I just drove with the family across the country in the family truckster to visit that famous mouse theme park and learned a few things about packing and preparing for a road trip. Download their park app and familiarize yourself prior to going as it offers a lot of features and functions that are very helpful.

Here are a few things to consider packing prior to your departure:

Important Documents:
- Driver's license
- Vehicle registration and insurance
- Roadside assistance information

Navigation and Communication:
- GPS or smartphone with a reliable map app
- Car charger for your phone
- Printed maps or a road atlas as a backup
- Portable phone charger or power bank

Safety and Emergency Supplies:
- First aid kit
- Emergency car kit (includes jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, basic tools, reflective triangles, and a flashlight)
- Spare tire and jack
- Air Compressor
- Roadside flares or LED Flares
- Fire extinguisher
- Water (for emergencies)

Comfort and Convenience:
- Lots of Snacks and Drinks (non-perishable items and bottled water)
- Cooler with ice packs for perishable food items
- Travel mugs or reusable water bottles
- Travel pillow and blankets
- Sunshade for the windshield
- Travel trash bags

Consider stopping at attractions along the way to stretch your legs, relax your mind, and to get that blood flowing again... it makes the drive a lot easier!

- Music playlists, CDs, or a satellite radio subscription
- Portable DVD Player (sanity saver!)
- Audiobooks or podcasts
- Travel games or cards for passengers
- Tablets or e-readers for longer trips

Clothing and Personal Items:
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Comfortable shoes suitable for walking
- Toiletries and personal hygiene products
- Prescription medications
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Hat or cap

- Sufficient cash for tolls, parking, or emergencies
- Credit/debit cards

Camera and Accessories:
- Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
- Extra memory cards and batteries
- Camera accessories like a tripod or selfie stick (although not allowed in theme park)

Outdoor Gear (If Applicable):
- Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bags, camping stove, etc.) if you plan to camp or adventure along the way
- Hiking gear and appropriate footwear if you'll be exploring nature or walking a lot!

- Travel journal or notepad and pen
- Ziplock bags for storing small items or snacks
- Small cooler for easy access to drinks and snacks during the trip

Remember to tailor this list based on your specific road trip destination, activities, and the number of travelers. Before hitting the road, check your vehicle's condition, fill up the gas tank, and ensure you have everything you need to make your road trip enjoyable and stress-free.

** For Your Arrival at the Park **

Once you arrive, here is my list of in-park necessities that you need to grab BEFORE heading into Disneyland:

Tickets and Reservations:
- Valid admission tickets for each member of your group. These will be on the app.
- Any necessary reservations for attractions, dining, or special experiences, if applicable.

Identification and Payment:
- Valid photo ID for adults.
- Credit/debit cards or cash for purchases and payments.

Comfortable Clothing:
- Weather-appropriate clothing for the day, considering the season and temperature.
- Comfortable walking shoes suitable for long periods of walking.

Weather Essentials:
- Sunscreen to protect against the sun's rays.
- Sunglasses and a hat to shield from the sun.
- Poncho or a light rain jacket in case of rain.

Backpack or Bag:
- A small backpack or bag to carry your belongings comfortably. I prefer a larger "fanny-pack" or shoulder sling-style bag.
- Make sure the bag adheres to Disneyland's guidelines regarding size and prohibited items.

Water and Snacks:
- Water to stay hydrated throughout the day (reusable canteen). $6 water in the park is not worth it!
- Snacks to keep your energy up between meals.

Camera and Electronics:
- A camera or smartphone to capture memories.
- Portable phone charger or power bank + cables to keep your devices charged (not many accessible electrical outlets available in the park).

Park Map and Guide:
- A physical park map and show schedule, or use the Disneyland app on your smartphone.

Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes:
- Hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean.
- Wet wipes for quick clean-ups.

Medications and First Aid:
- Any necessary medications for yourself or your family.
- A small first aid kit with basics like band-aids, pain relievers, and antiseptic wipes.

Special Items:
- If you have infants or toddlers, bring necessary baby supplies like diapers, wipes, and baby food.
- A stroller for young children if needed (you can also rent strollers at the park).
- Service animal essentials if you're bringing a service animal.

Be certain NOT to pack these common prohibited items:
- Weapons of any kind. No knives, pepper spray, etc.
- Drugs
- Alcohol
- Drones
- Selfie Sticks
- Wagons
- Chairs
See the full list on their website!

Remember to travel light and only bring what you'll need for the day. The theme park provides many amenities and services, so you don't have to worry about carrying excessive items. Additionally, check the latest park regulations and guidelines before your visit, as policies may change over time (this was from a July 2023 trip). 

What did I miss in this list?

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