Road Trip Care Package Ideas - Unique Gifter
Here is a gigantic list of road trip care package ideas, for those short trips, long trips or cross-country moves! Ideas for adults, families and event for four legged friends.

Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Road Trip Care Package Ideas - Send your loved ones (or yourself!) on the way with some of these super-fun and super-practical ideas. I am totally doing this for someone!

A lot of people seem to find the post I wrote for Sarah at Life, Comma, Etc full of Care Package Ideas when they are after Road Trip Care Package ideas or similar. When my spouse and I moved from Ontario to BC, we received a great little gift basket from some of my spouse’s relatives.  It was entirely unexpected and very much enjoyed.  Unfortunately, I only remember a few of the things it contained now.

A Million Road Trip Care Package Ideas

It did come in a collapsible picnic basket quite similar to that one, though it had a zippered top flap to close it up.  It now houses our fishing gear.  (A past time that we are really, really, really bad at.)

So – a nice folding picnic basket or reusable grocery bag would be a great starting spot!

 

Snack Foods

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Our basket contained some popcorn.  I would also recommend jerky, nice chips, flavoured tuna with crackers, chocolate covered berries, trail mix, pretzels, clif bars (also in our basket!), fruit like apples and bananas, dried mangoes, or a veggie tray.  You have to rule out the fresh fruit and veggies if you will be crossing national borders though!

Candy

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Just a little bit, for fun!  Skittles, or something that’s a throwback to childhood are good choices.  They won’t melt in the car!

Chain Gift Certificate

Chain Gift Certificates are perfect Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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In Canada, Tim Hortons would be your best bet.  Too much fast food often makes people not feel so hot on the road!

Spot It

spot it a fun road trip game for your care package

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A game of Spot it!  – Even for adults, these can be tonnes of fun.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great addition to any road trip

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Refreshing Beverages

Refreshing Beverages are a must have for road trips - add them to your Road Trip Care Package

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Think nice spritzers, Gatorade, San Pellegrino and the like.  Being on the road can be dehydrating, plus most people will be consuming more calories than their bodies need, so pop wouldn’t be the best choice.  Unless it’s a boys weekend away or bachelorette, then all bets are off ;-)  Maybe a Red Bull… but that’s encouraging dangerous behaviour!

iTunes Gift Card

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for audiobooks

Printed Web Comics

Web comics are fun to read in the car on road trips

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Print some yourself, or purchase a book of comics.\

Napkins

Napkins are essential for any road trip - Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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For those messy times.

Small Garbage Bag

garbage bags are practical additions to your road trip care package or packing list

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Hand Sanitizer

hand sanitizer is needed on road trips

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Pet Treats

don't forget the dog - bring dog treats on your next road trip

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If your friends will be toting along their best friends.  Otherwise, it would be kind of weird.

Postcards

postcards are a fun road trip idea

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With stamps and a pen

A Mix CD

mix cds as Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Vehicles are one of the last places that people are likely to have a CD player!

A Personal Note or Poem

note card is a nice way to say goodbye or I'll miss you when your friend goes on a road trip

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Easiest, cheapest and MOST IMPORTANT!

Gas Station Gift Cards

gas can - emergency Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Tylenol/Advil/Gravol

Medicine is a must for road trips - stock up with these Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Crossword Book

crosswords are a fun way to pass the time on long road trips

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and a pen – This can be completed with everyone in the vehicle participating, sudokus and word searches less-so.

Mints

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A CAA or AAA/Roadside Membership

Roadside assistance perfect road trip gift idea or prep

If you’re feeling generous!

A Trucker Hat

trucker hat funny road trip gift idea Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Just for grins!

Hacky Sack

hacky sack - fun to play with at rest stops on a long road trip

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for entertainment and some exercise at stops. I stole this from Offbeat Home and Life.

Travel Toilet Paper

travel toilet paper -Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Or toilet paper in a ziplock bag.  You know those rest stops that don’t have TP… yeaaahhhh.

Magazines

magazines will pass the time while on a road trip - great to add to a care package

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For those that can read in vehicles.  I am 100% not in this category.

Car Air Freshener

car air freshener perfect road trip car gift idea

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You can get really funny ones, like bacon-scented air fresheners (eeewww!).

Hand Warmers

hand warmers Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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If it is cold and there are several people, you may disagree on temperature.  Just me?

Discussion Cards

table topics cards make road trips fun, add them to your gift basket

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Road trips are for long, deep conversation.  Kick start the scintillating conversation with some discussion cards.

Car Garbage Container

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Trivia Cards

trivia cards fun road trip gift idea, perfect for care packages and family road trips

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Instead of conversation, you could go for bragging rights instead.  Some trivia cards are both a deck of playing cards and trivia cards, serving two purposes!  Card games can be played at night in motels.

Starbucks Frappuccinos

frappuccino - tasty treat to enjoy on the road Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Drinks – for a little bit of a caffeine kick and a luxurious treat we don’t normally get!

Home Baking

Send them off with some homemade cookies - or buy some Road Trip Care Package Ideas

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Or store bought.

A Small Multi Tool  Road Trip Care Package Ideas - Send your loved ones (or yourself!) on the way with some of these super-fun and super-practical ideas. I am totally doing this for someone!

Road Trip Care Package Ideas include multi tools that can help them in an emergency

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Nail Clippers

You never seem to have them, just when you want them.

First Aid Kit

first aid kit - important safety prep for road trips

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Mad Libs

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You MUST have had these as kids on road trips!

Cough Drops

cough drops - thoughtful addition to road trip care packages

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Map Books

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Or maps – sometimes you can even pick these up for free

Guide Books

guide book travel gift idea - add it to a road trip gift or care package!

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for their destination(s)

Armor All Wipes

Car wipes road trip care package idea

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Baby Wipes

Baby wipes best road trip gift ever!

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Hula Guy

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Hula Gal

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You may note that I am recommending healthy food choices in this.  There’s two possible outcomes.  #1 being me sucking up to Jess from Budget for Health.  #2 being how freakin’ frustrated I get if I ever have to buy food on the road.  I can’t eat most things that are available and will end up paying through the nose to eat something I wouldn’t normally touch with a ten foot pole!

Okay – that should be enough things to help you on your way to making some AMAZING road trip gift baskets!!  Let me know if you do!

Mom on Time Out also gave me some good fodder for this post, thanks!

[Photo – CC Attribution – Emlyn Stokes]

 

11 thoughts on “Road Trip Care Package Ideas”

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Oh, that's really fun! I bet you got to put a few neat things in there, due to the "new to Canada" aspect. Would you want to do a guest post about it?

  1. theoutliermodel

    A road trip care pack is a great idea. I always end up packing (and forgetting) so many little things when Brian and I head out on a road trip. Snacks are key!!!
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    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Yes, I wish we took more snacks most of the time, too.

  2. FrugalRules

    These are some great ideas! We don't take as many road trips now that we have kids, but we always get frustrated by the lack of healthy food we can get while driving. We like to bring a lot of fruits and some nuts so we have some good options as opposed to most of the junk you're likely to find.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Good for you for remembering to take things… I am terrible and then end up upset when I have to eat something I don't want to/can't digest, or pay $2 for a single banana!

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Hahahaha – that is GREAT! I remember doing that a lot in school.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      So glad that you do :-) Have you sent anything fun to your nieces lately?

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