Snowbird Road Trip Essentials Checklist

Autumn fall foliage leaves and winding road in rural Indiana
Be prepared for planned and unplanned situations such as the loss of cell service in rural areas. Don't forget to take photos to document the beautiful scenery.

Snowbird Checklist: Road Trip Essentials

Organize for a Successful Snowbird Road Trip

Now that Thanksgiving, the Christmas crush and December holidays are winding down, many snowbirds are prepping to depart for their warm weather homes. Staging and packing consumes a lot of time and packing checklists help prevent overlooking travel essentials. Bring the basics and think of each of your five senses when prepping for your road trip as well as everything you'll want to have when spending 6 - 8 or more hours per day in your vehicle.

Travel-sized products are a good investment wherever possible. Often just a small spritz of fragrance, a couple of eye drops and a breath mint can be the refreshing pick-me-up for road-weary travelers.

Our southern destination includes planned rural travel through small towns and remote areas that may or may not have cell service, which is why an atlas is a smart item to tuck into a seat pocket. Other times, we've diverted off the interstate due to major traffic accidents, detours and to avoid long traffic delays, which means a super charger for our phones is absolutely necessary.

Whether in transit before or after the holidays, Snowbird Road Trip Essentials Checklist is a follow-up to How to Pack Your Vehicle. It's an easy road trip checklist by category for the items many snowbirds bring to their southern destination when travelling by SUV or car.  Safe travels! 

Related Posts:

How to Pack Your Vehicle

Countdown to Departure

Countdown to Departure, Pet Prep

What to Pack, What Not To

Checklist of Road Trip Essentials




Driver's license

Garage door opener

Insurance card


Registration card


Vehicle manual


Emergency Preparedness

AAA membership card




First aid kit




Jumper cables

Purse / wallet

Tire gauge


Toll Roads

Cash / coins

Credit cards

Toll passes: Riverlink, SunPass and E-Z electronic passes


Electronic Equipment

Camera/s and equipment

Navigation equipment


Portable chargers


Personal Items


Breath mints

Contact case

Cosmetic bag

Eye drops


Hand sanitizer

Lens cloth

Lip balm



Magazines / books


Pens / paper






Food / Snacks / Beverages


Bottled water


Dish cloths / towels

Paper napkins / paper towels

Plastic bags in various sizes

Plastic containers with lids

Snacks: Sweet, salty, granola / protein bars, wrapped snacks, chips, etc

Trash bags

Travel cups / mugs


Travel Comforts

Beach towel/s

CD's, books on tape, etc

Eye mask

Music ear buds

Throw-style blanket/s

Slip-on shoes / slippers

Travel pillow/s




Bowls and/or plastic containers for ice / water / food


Cover/sheet for the pet's bed

Food / water / snacks

Plastic bags

Travel bag with all of the pet's essentials


Related Post:

Pet Prep Countdown



"No wise pilot, no matter how great his talent and experience, fails to use his checklist.”

-- Charlie Munger, American billionaire investor, businessman, attorney


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