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01 June . 2021

Road Trip Supplies & Essentials

Looking to Take a Road Trip? Here’s What You Need:

Although the master-planned community of Estrella has everything you could need, when the Arizona weather heats up, it’s the perfect time to hit the road and explore the world a bit. The best part? Your desert oasis will be right there waiting for you when you get back!

Whether you’re packing up to head cross country or just getting out of town for a few days, we’ve put together the perfect packing list of road trip supplies to help guide you through. Plus, we threw in some road trip tips sure to keep the ride running smoothly along the way. You’ll never get stuck wondering what to do in the car to pass the time again!

Road Trip Supplies

☐ Official ID’s & documentation (license, registration, insurance)

☐ Spare tire/jack

☐ First aid kit

☐ Roadside emergency kit

☐ Water bottle

☐ Extra toilet paper/tissues

☐ Flashlight

☐ Phone charger/USB cord

☐ Upbeat road trip playlist!

☐ Camera/instant camera

Books

☐ Sunglasses

☐ Sunscreen

☐ Blanket

☐ Travel pillow

☐ Hand sanitizer

☐ Extra face masks

☐ Disinfectant wipes/spray

☐ Wet wipes

☐ Reusable shopping bag

☐ Towel

☐ Flip Flops

☐ Toiletry bag

☐ Lip balm

☐ Snacks

☐ Garbage bags

☐ Tweezers/Swiss army knife

☐ Medications

☐ Spare cash

What to Do in the Car

There’s nothing better than taking a road trip with family and friends, but they do tend to have their shortcomings such as car boredom, mis-navigation, or simply adjusting to being in such close quarters for an extended period. Next time you take a road trip, give some of these tricks a try and see how quickly time flies by!

  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Put on a podcast
  • Play a classic road trip game (i.e., Alphabet Game, I Spy, License Plate Game) Have everyone add songs to a shared playlist in advance, then blast it!
  • Take photos/videos
  • Pullover and do something active to help release some built-up energy Journal/document the journey
  • Write up your vacation itinerary
  • Sleep the time away!
  • Road trip trivia
  • Make a competition out of who tells the best joke (who gets the best reaction)
  • Play car-aoke: put on an instrumental song and sing along!
  • Plan for a detour to sightsee along the way
  • Try using a paper map (and include time in your itinerary to get a little lost) Pack some food and pull over for a picnic
  • Use the extra time to make future plans!


If you’re going to take a road trip, be sure you do it right. After all, the journey to and from is still part of the adventure — one you’d like to look back on for years to come. By packing these essential road trip supplies and engaging in these car-ride activities, it’s guaranteed to be a road trip to remember! Wherever you roam, living in Estrella always makes it easier to come back home.

Happy traveling!