Summer Road Trip Essentials

My boyfriend and I recently went on a week long road trip through Canada. We started in Portland Oregon, drove north to Port Angles Washington, took the ferry to Victoria, drove across Vancouver Island, stayed in Tofino BC for a few days, then drove to Whistler BC, Seattle Washington, and finally back to Portland Oregon. It was such a whirlwind trip, with lots of car time. We clocked in at just under 1200 miles in just under a week!

Before we left knowing that there was going to be a lot of time aimlessly sitting in the car, I packed all the things I could think of that would make for an easier ride. In hind sight, I would have downloaded a few more podcasts, but other than that these essentials made cruising north on the Sea to Sky Highway just that much more enjoyable! Here's a quick list of what I brought and why!

  • Healthy snacks, you can never have enough snacks, but having healthy snacks mean they are fun to eat AND refuel you. So for this trip, I brought a whole box of Wild Friends single serve packets. Perfect amount of nut butter and perfect to eat at any time of the day. My favorite flavor is Organic Honey Sunflower Butter, but I brought some Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter and Classic Creamy Peanut Butter as well. I also packed some GoMacro bars, some Annie's Granola bars, and some Kettle Chips!
  • Music! Since we were driving through Canada, I could not rely on Pandora to play all my favorite songs. Nicks iPhone has a plethora of 90s hits and early 2000's dance jams, but you can only sing along to Blink-182 so many times before you need to just tune out to some mellow folk-indie bands. I downloaded all The Avett Brothers albums, the most Shakey Graves album, and for some, up beat tunes, I downloaded Kygos latest album. If you need new music, Itunes top albums is a great way to do some research, I browse them all the time!
  • Last important thing I packed, was a journal and some pens. Even in the days of Instagram and Facebook posts, it's still nice to have a journal of the places you've been and the memories you had. It's also great for drawing in the car or making lists of the things you've thought about while staring out the window on winding coastal roads!


Have fun on your next road trip! If you think I forgot any essentials tell us what you'd bring on your next road trip in the comments!