What to Pack for a Road Trip with Abuela

What to Pack for a Road Trip with Abuela

Summer is a great time to travel with family and friends, especially with many reunions and Summer holidays coming up!  Many families drive across the country to celebrate with barbecues, fireworks and connect with their precious little ones.  But packing everyone up in the car isn’t as easy as it sounds, and at one point, we’d even considered renting a trailer and getting it easily insured from sites like And with extra people to accommodate and travel time that can mean hours or even days on the road, it pays to be prepared.

When I was young, my family took road trips often, and sometimes they included extended family members.  Taking a trip with grandma or your primos can sometimes mean accommodating different needs and priorities. And among those priorities was to inspect the family car see if it was ready for a long trip. That can mean extra time for preparation and probably a few lists to help you keep track of essential travel items and planning considerations.

I’m a constant list maker.  I love planning everything on paper and creating check lists.  Below I’ve put together two check lists that may help you brainstorm your upcoming holiday road trip or family reunion travel plans.

Things to Consider:

  • Plan your trip and schedule ahead of time
  • Be considerate of others daily routines
  • Consider extending your rest stops, leisure and meal times
  • Monitor health & bring adequate medications
  • Bring all necessary documentation
  • Pack light & be strategic about what you take
  • Prepare for possible weather changes
  • Keep in mind that walking long distances may be difficult for some
  • Consider travel insurance and a quick auto repair kit
  • Look for accommodations without stairs or with close parking
  • Research and request special services when needed
  • Keep an eye out for senior discounts to help save a little
  • Do your sightseeing at the coolest times of the day
  • Prepare for weather changes

Items to Pack:

  • Travel Pillows
  • Light Blankets
  • Medications & Testing Kits (heart, diabetes, blood pressure, allergies)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hygiene Items
  • Incontinence Products
  • Bug Spray / Sun Screen
  • Books & Magazines
  • Mobile Entertainment Devices & Games
  • Water & Light Snacks
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Back, Knee, Wrist Supports
  • Glasses & Hearing Aids
  • Extra Clothes
  • Dramamine
  • Ear Plugs
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

What else would you add to the list?  Is there any else you would consider an essential?

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