Seven Summer Road Trip Essentials

Make sure to pack these seven things for your next trip!

Something about the long days and warm nights of summer excites the adventurous senses. And nothing quenches that thirst quite like gassing up your car for a road trip.

Hit a local beach with the kids before school starts or grab the boyfriend for a romantic weekend stay in a town far away from anyone you know. Explore a new city with your best friends or take a relaxing solo trip. The choice is yours!

And if you keep a to-go bag handy, with all your needed road trip essentials, you can squeeze in a few more summer road trips before the cool fall air blows in.

Whether you are hitting your favorite bed and breakfast a few towns away or you are seeking to create new memories, every summer deserves an exciting excursion. So grab your overnight bag and your besties and hit the open road with these seven road trip essentials.

1) Weekender Bag

Weekender Bag

The first thing you need is a sturdy weekender bag like this roomy one from Sole Society. If you want the bag to double as a purse, keep the color neutral.

2) Sunglasses


Floppy Hat

Floppy hats are ideal for blocking the heat and humidity associated with the late summer season. This straw one from Asos is oversized for even more coverage.

4) Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

For any road trip, a jersey maxi dress is a super easy and versatile piece. For cooler climates, let the maxi dress fall to its full length. For warmer temperatures, turn the dress into a midi length by knotting the bottom.

5) Jean Jacket

Jean Jacket

For chilly nights or early mornings, a staple jean jacket is a fashionable must for every gal. This denim jacket by Fire is an easy option for a road trip.

6) Scarf


This lightweight Badgley Mischka scarf can serve three great purposes in your wardrobe during your road trip. You can use it to keep your neck warm, and a belt to cinch your waist or as a head wrap for a bad hair day.

7) Espadrille Flats

Espadrille Flats

Espadrilles are the perfect mix of the sturdiness of sneakers and the airiness of sandals. Whether you are hitting the beach or hitting the hiking trail, these Steve Madden espadrilles are going to fit right in!

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