Road trip essentials!



When I was younger, road trips were definitely *not* my idea of a good time. I have painfully vivid memories of my sister and I throwing punches at each other across the middle seat in the back of the car when we were kids and driving down to the South of France, whilst my Mum attempted to mediate from the front. Ahh. Those were the days! ;) But really, who takes a stroppy 13 year old and an irritating 5 year old on a two day car journey and expects them *not* to try and kill each other at least once, right? We actually argued and bickered and fought so hard on that journey that I took a post-holiday holiday when we got back, and went to stay at my Auntie’s house to decompress!

But these days, now that I’m a fully functioning adult and not a hormonal, pre-pubescent walking ball of rage, car journeys are actually enjoyable again! I actually really look forward to the prospect of road trips with Jason- his Dad and Stepmum used to live about three hours North of us and now live an hour and a half South, so we’ve taken a fair few hefty road trips in the past almost-five-years going to visit them both. We bring a big ol’ pile of snackfoods with us into the car, stop off for coffee on the way, and listen to old albums that take us right back to when we first started dating. It’s always a good time! Recently Enterprise got in touch and asked if I’d be up for sharing a few of my road trip essentials here on Cider with Rosie, and since I think Jason and I have become pretty good at road trippin’ over the past few years, I said yes! So here goes!

A comfy jumper ::
Jason and I can never agree on what temperature the car should be- thank goodness for climate control, right?! Having a jumper on hand is always an essential for me, to be worn when it’s frosty, and used as a pillow when it’s not.

Sunglasses ::
Nothing worse than forgetting your sunnies, and having to do the awkward sun visor angling-dance all journey long!

iPhone (to be used as a sat nav, & also iPod) ::
If I happen to be the driver on said road trip (and am sans the human sat nav that is my fiancé) then I need my phone to act as direction-provider throughout the whole journey. My sense of direction is notoriously poor, and my phone has saved me from taking another trip the wrong way round the m25 on more than one occasion. Also, on the odd occasion Jason and I just can’t agree on what CD to listen to (Taylor Swift is pretty divisive for us), I’ll plug some headphones into my phone and settle down to listen to a few chapters of my Harry Potter audiobook whilst we drive. It’s pretty peaceful :)

Approximately 5 million kirby grips ::
Ahh, long hair problems number 851. Long hair + open windows/air conditioning = stressful wispiness. I like pin it all up pretty much the second I get into the car, and so keep a stash of kirby grips in my handbag and in the little side pockets of my car for just such emergencies.

Haribo ::
I like to think Jason and I eat a pretty healthy diet most of the time. We try and get our five a day, you know? But when we’re on a long car journey- the rulebook gets thrown out the window, and it’s game time. I’m talking Haribo, Percy Pigs by the handful (we don’t even eat the ears first! I know!) cheese balls (hello Honey Boo Boo) and sometimes, on the odd occasion, a Krispy Kreme each too! ‘Unsupervised child at a birthday party’ is how I’d describe it, and we’re not even sorry. It’s tradition, okay? ;)

Lip balm & hand cream ::
Air conditioning dries out my skin quick as a flash, so I’m pretty evangelical about keeping lip balm and hand cream on hand to sort things out. Lush’ Honey Trap lip balm has been my favourite for a good couple of years now, and Crabtree + Evelyn’s hand creams are really moisturing and fast-absorbing.

Coffee ::
Grande vanilla lattes times two, please.

A pen ::
It’s never a bad idea to leave home with a pen, right? Right.


And now I want to go on a road trip! It’s our anniversary (five years!) next month, so maybe we should take a little road trip together with Teddy for the day? Enterprise are also being completely awesome, and offering the chance for two people to win a £1000 road trip of their choice! To enter, just snap a photo of your own road trip essentials and use the hashtag #openroadessentials to share it via Instagram and/or Twitter! Enterprise will be featuring the best entries on their competition site, and then will pick two overall winners who’ll get to go on a £1000 road trip! Amazing!

So tell me, what’re your essentials for bringing along on a road trip? Do we share any similar ones?

** This post was sponsored by Enterprise! Thanks for your support!

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  • sammie

    When I moved in with my (now-)husband, it meant moving 250 miles away from my parents and the rest of my family – so we try to make a couple of trips a year back ‘home’ to see them. It’s a long old journey so there are a lot of essentials – I think you covered the bulk of them in your post, though! I definitely agree regarding snack foods: all healthy eating rules are most definitely left behind when it comes to car journeys! We usually have tortilla chips or salt & vinegar twirls by the skip-load as well as some skittles or haribo and a LOT of drink (my husband is that guy who is ALWAYS thirsty and could down about four pints of water… and still need more) – and of course, it has to sit in my footwell so I can get to it all! Squashed feet are a roadtrip tradition!

  • Ala Skrakowski

    Sweets and snacks in the car are a MUST! When we were younger my dad always used to have a bag of wine gums in the car and we always used to see who could suck theirs for the longest and get it as thin as possible! Good times!

    Love a good road trip, we don’t have a car at the moment as we live in zone 2 but we’re looking into saving up for one so it’ll make getting out of London much easier so that we can get away every now and again! Also, it’s our 5 year anniversary next month too yippeeeee! x

  • PinkCatJo

    I completely agree with a jumper. I can never find the right temperature in the car. We’ve got a 10 hour road trip ahead of us when we drive from London to Ullapool and back again for our Outer Hebrides holiday – slightly nervous at being in a confined space for so long. We’ll need lots of treats and good music! x

  • Rosie

    I laughed so hard when you said you didn’t even eat the ears first!!! Ah, we’re off on a road trip to Womad festival tonight, but don’t think it’ll be such a comfy one as 5 of us are squeezing in the car!

    Rosie xx

  • Cat

    You don’t eat the ears of Percy Pigs first?! Utter, utter madness. I’d say my road trip essentials are probably pretty similar to yours – although I tend to just tie my hair back with a hair tie. I think I’d add to this list some ear plugs if I need a snooze and Liam wants to listen to music, as well as some crisps or any other savoury snack if the trip is particularly long! x

  • Kezia

    I love a good road trip – i vole listening to an audio book on the ones that last a really long time…

  • arielle

    okay, so reading this post, I totally had an epiphany moment. maybe this should have been obvious, but I was wondering why my skin was always so dry after a road trip. where have I been? duh, it’s the a/c. I guess I really needed this post, rosie! thanks for sharing.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Chelsea

    Just found your blog today and love it! Can’t wait to read thru. I just started blogging a month ago, and it’s definately not as easy as you all make it look, but lots of fun! Anyway, yes I have four littles and am already dreading our drive to the beach next month,but in actuality they do better then I do, im a complete mess on long journeys!

  • Madeline

    Definitely agree with these tips, can’t be without tunes on a roadtrip !

  • Kerri

    Sweets are always a good choice. I like to take my book too so I have something to read as the passenger. If I’m the driver I just like someone or something to direct me that’s all :)

  • Little Miss Katy

    YES Harry Potter audio book!

    My friends and I always have Haribo for roadtrips. Always. I think it’s totally necessary to have some kind of sweet with you. When we were kids it used to be Werther’s! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Amanda

    Really love this post. Such a great set of road trip essentials that I couldn’t cope without x

  • Jess

    We always used to roadtrip to France as kids (3 kids squashed like sardines in the back!!), and I’m pretty sure that the Harry Potter audiobooks were all that kept us sane (even if we had heard them a million times before)! J x
    That Girl In The Attic

  • Rekha Monger

    Jumpers and sunnies are absolute must for my road trips. My parents live 2 hour and half drive from me so over the weekends and long holidays my brother and I take road trips to see them. We take turns driving and do a little stops on the way for freshly roasted corns and garden fresh.

    But now I will miss it ’cause he will be travelling away soon for another three years. Sigh!

  • Sophia

    Great essentials! Don’t forget the portable charger!


  • Karis

    I absolutely love this blog post, and love your blog so much! Keep it up, and thank you so much for such an amazing blog.

    Karis xx

  • Lil Ashton

    Road trips used to annoy me so much too but now I love ‘em.

  • Kathryn Therrissh

    The photo is really wonderful!

  • Ria

    Haha I love how Haribo is on this list! It should be on the list for essentials for life to be honest :P Xx

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