How to Pack for a Spring Road Trip

How to Pack for a Spring Road Trip

What’s more exciting than a spring road trip? Whether you’re headed out with your furry friend by your side, with the whole family, or rocking it solo, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when packing for a spring road trip. Get ready to see the open road this spring, and be ready with all the essentials for your spring road trip.

Emergency Gear

You never know when your car will break down. There’s also a chance of an accident, so you want to be prepared in case something goes wrong. Keep emergency gear in your car. Even when you’re not driving for a spring road trip, your car should have an emergency supply kit in the trunk. You’ll need a spare tire if one of your tires goes flat. And jumper cables if your battery dies, plus some assistance jumpstarting your car.

Other necessities include a first aid kit, flashlight, and rain poncho. You never know what the elements will be like if you need to change a tire, so don’t get your clothes all wet by keeping a rain poncho in your trunk.

Packing Light

Now that you know what necessities you need for your spring trip (or any trip, really), keep in mind that because you’re driving, you’ll need to pack light. There’s only so much room in your car. If your final destination isn’t a straight shot and you’ll be staying at a hotel overnight, you don’t want to be lugging around unnecessarily heavy luggage. Think small and portable by using duffle bags or women’s canvas tote bags. Check out all of our women’s weekender bags for travel bag inspiration.

Packable Jackets

When it comes to spring weather, you really never know what Mother Nature has in store. That’s why you’ll want portable and packable jackets . Take a look at any of our jackets that can literally fold into their own pocket. Windbreakers and rain jackets are ideal jackets to bring for a spring road trip. They’re light enough that you won’t overheat but will keep you warm and dry enough during chilly and rainy days. If you love the idea of a jacket that folds into its own pocket, you’ll also love our packable down vests.

Portable Toiletries

You don’t want to bring your entire shower routine with you when you’re traveling. Get travel-size bottles to pack your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and whatever else you use to get clean. Portable toiletries are easy to pack, won’t take up too much space, and don’t weigh down your bag like those giant bottles of shampoo. If you plan on staying at a hotel at any point, they’ll likely provide you with shampoo and conditioner.

Cozy Layers

You’ll need more than a packable jacket and emergency rain poncho during your spring road trip. You won’t want to wear an outerwear coat when you’re driving, but you’ll also want to stay warm and comfortable. Pack two cozy women’s sweaters, one in your overnight or travel bag, and another in the car to put on as an additional layer. To layer properly, make sure you wear lightweight clothes like cotton shirts or turtlenecks that are made from breathable fabric.

Tote Bags

If your spring trip is a quick one, you don’t need a full-on suitcase. If you’re doing an overnight trip or one that’s just a couple of days, you can pack everything you need in one of our extra large canvas tote bags. Roll up your clothes that can be worn more than once over the duration of your trip, like jeans and sweaters. If you’re taking a longer trip, it’s still helpful to have a tote bag as an extra bag in case you buy anything during your trip.


Few things are as utilitarian as a backpack. A durable travel backpack will last years even after many spring road trips have come and gone. Get our travel backpack that is meant for doing just that. If you thought that Lands’ End was famous for just cashmere sweaters, Lands’ End was actually first known for building bags that last a lifetime. Our bags, from backpacks to suitcases, have only gotten better and more stylish over the years.

Hand Sanitizer

If you’re making pitstops during your road trip, you’ll want to keep your hands clean. Regular and consistent handwashing is crucial, but that isn’t always an option. Keep a travel-size hand sanitizer handy in your bag and also in your car during the trip.

Travel Umbrella

While a large golf umbrella seems a bit much for a road trip, you do want to keep a travel umbrella handy. Keep one in the car and in your bag because you never know when it’s going to rain. A close compact or mini compact umbrella is the perfect travel umbrella companion.

We hope you feel excited and prepared for your upcoming spring road trip. Now that you know what essentials to pack, it’s time to hit the open road!


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