2023 Travel Essentials: What to Bring on Your Next Road Trip – ThermoJoe™
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"You’ve probably heard the saying that it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. An emergency kit is something you should always have in the trunk of your car, whether you’re road-tripping or commuting to work."

When it comes to road trips, getting there is half the fun. Sometimes the memories made on the road are even more special than the ones made at the destination.

Whether you’re hitting the road with friends, or family, or taking a solo trip, here are six travel-essential tips on what to pack for your next adventure.


What’s a road trip without snacks? When it comes to snacking on the road, it’s always best to opt for the least messy and easiest-to-eat options.

Maybe don’t bring the cheese puffs (hello, orange fingers) or those crunchy granola bars that always seem to leave behind an endless amount of crumbs.

Here are some of the best road trip snack ideas to keep things simple and mess-free:

  • Grapes
  • Banana chips
  • Trail mix
  • Peanut butter-filled pretzel nuggets
  • Chocolate covered nuts
  • Baby carrots
  • Popcorn

Make sure you pack a variety of both sweet and salty things to satisfy all your cravings.

For easy access, bring some paper cups to put snacks in the cupholder so the driver can safely snack too!


You definitely need something to wash down all those snacks. Make sure you bring plenty of water and don’t stop yourself from drinking anything just to avoid having to make a bathroom stop.

Bring your ThermoJoe to keep yourself caffeinated along the journey. Fill up your ThermoJoe Travel Mug with your favorite coffee or tea, set it to your preferred temperature, and keep it nice and hot for the entire drive!

You can always stop at a gas station along the way and get a refill on coffee. Just skip the paper cup and fill up your ThermoJoe Travel Mug instead, and the store clerk will charge accordingly. Not only does this reduce waste, but this way your coffee will stay hot for hours.

If you’re a nervous traveler or suffer from motion sickness, instead of coffee, fill up your Travel Mug with some chamomile tea. Chamomile is notoriously helpful for nausea and anxiety.

Travel Mug road trip Essential


You’ve probably heard the saying that it’s better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it. An emergency kit is something you should always have in the trunk of your car, whether you’re road tripping or commuting to work.


This might sound weird, but just like with emergency kits, it’s always better to be prepared for everything. You’d be surprised how many rest stops fail to refill their toilet paper on a regular basis. If you’re making a bathroom stop, bring some toilet paper with you, just in case!


Whether you’re going camping, staying at a hotel, or you’re a passenger who just wants to catch some z’s on the road, earplugs are a must.

Wherever you’re headed is probably going to be a different environment than you’re used to. This means there are likely to be some new sounds that could keep you up. Pack some comfortable earplugs just in case, and sleep like a baby.


Create a fun road trip playlist or several, of your favorite driving music. Preferably upbeat songs that will keep everyone energized and not falling asleep as soon as you hit the road.

Try downloading some interesting podcasts in advance that will keep you entertained for hours.

If you’re with other people, choose podcasts that you know would make for great conversation. You can always pause for commentary and discussion, making it a great way to keep everyone engaged, even the moody teenagers.


If you were waiting for a sign that says to take that road trip you’ve been dreaming of, this is it.

So, get out there and enjoy the wide-open road, good music, and good company.

Don’t forget to pack your ThermoJoe Travel Mug and ThermoJoe Car Charger to enjoy your hot coffee or tea at the perfect temperature throughout your whole trip.

Happy travels!