What to pack for a month-long road trip? That’s what this post is about!
My boyfriend, Cody, and I went on a four-week cross-country road trip from Delaware to Utah and back again. Both of our jobs allowed us to work remotely, so we would work during the day and then see National Parks in the evenings and on weekends. We stayed in campgrounds about 80% of the time, and essentially lived out of my 2019 Jeep Cherokee for a month.
Here’s a comprehensive list of everything we brought with us!
We packed clothing to be prepared for hiking long distances in both deserts and mountains, sleeping in cold weather down to about 45 degrees F, and driving up to 9 hours at a time. We did laundry at campgrounds twice in four weeks. Here’s what I brought!
MalloMe Camping Sleeping Bag – 3 Season. Note-this sleeping bag is cheap and comfortable, but I do NOT recommend it if you sleep cold or you will be camping when it’s around 55 degrees or below. I got cold and will be getting a new sleeping bag.
2 towels-one for showering, one for swimming. Probably could have gotten away with one towel for both
National Parks America the Beautiful Pass-this will get you into all Federally operated parks across the country
1-litre water bottles (we literally used Smart Water bottles). It’s helpful to have bottles that hold 1-litre because on a lot of hikes, it is recommended to bring at least 2 litres of water per person.
I'm Abby Shepard, a landscape and adventure photographer, artist, and outdoor advocate based in Boulder, Colorado. I believe photos and visual communication can be the gateway for people to discover meaningful experiences in the outdoors.
I have no idea how I just spent an hour reading your site, but I fell in love with you and Cody. I am 51 and have been looking for a Cody my whole life. Enjoy every second. 13 years ago, I had a son. He has been my sole road trip companion. I have made three – four road trips with him every year since he has been born. BIG SUR is our heart place. My granduncle owns the hardware store in Cambria, and so we always have an excuse to travel up the coast ( I live in South Pasadena). If you and Cody ever need a free place to stay near LA, lmk. We are waterfall junkies and can take you to two in the San Gabriel Mountains. Much joy, Tylene
Hi Tylene! Oh my goodness thank you so much for you kind words! You absolutely made my day. I’m glad you’ve had the opportunity to travel with your son. I love Big Sur too! I love California in general, so if I’m back in the area, I’ll let you know. And if you ever find yourself on the East Coast near Delaware, I can give you all kinds of recommendations. 🙂 <3