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Winter essentials to pack on your road trip

10th Aug 2021

Winter road trips are lots of fun but knowing what to pack can be tricky! To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need for a hassle-free road trip this winter.

Safety equipment 

Equipment to keep both your car and RV safe on the road is important. Whether you’re on the road for a short or long period of time, the weather can be unpredictable, so be sure to pack essential items including battery packs, jumper cables, ice scrapers, shovels, towing rope, flashlights, flares, and tire chains. Before you head off, don’t forget to do a complete RV winter maintenance check-up.


Winter road trips mean a lot of layers to keep you warm. Our recommended must-have clothing items to pack to help you stay warm and toasty include gloves, beanies, hats, scarves, warm socks, thermals, fleece jumpers, raincoats, thick jackets, pants, hiking boots, and waterproof shoes. Don’t forget to pack an umbrella and a high-vis jacket. If you’re visiting snow, remember to add your snow gear, equipment, and accessories to your list.

Sleeping bag and blankets

Layering is vital when you’re on the road during winter. Make sure you pack a blanket or two for the trip. Blankets are perfect for staying warm in your RV, at a pitstop, or around the campfire.

Winter health kit

To keep yourself comfortable on the road, make sure you bring winter health kit. Things to include are first aid kits, facial tissues, hand sanitiser, nasal spray, wet wipes, and paper towels. You may also like to pack lip balm and moisturizer because cold weather can dry out your skin.

Entertainment for a rainy day 

There will be lots of unique places to visit and activities to do on your winter getaway, but every camping trip needs entertainment and board games. If you’re packing laptops, phones and cameras, don’t forget to pack accessories such as portable speakers, a power bank, and your chargers. Road trip essentials include board games, a deck of cards, and books to keep you occupied during a rainy day on the road.

Hearty food 

A road trip is not complete without plenty of food and snacks, so make sure you bring lots of water and ingredients to make your favourite winter warmer meals. When you’re cooking on the road, create a checklist of all the cooking utensils you’ll need such as pots, pans, spoons, hot plate, portable stove or portable gas. If you’re travelling long-distance, be sure to pack non-perishable items too.

Not sure what foods to cook during your winter road trip? Check out our blog on the best winter foods for your next camping trip for some inspiration.