DIY Road Trip Hacks: Simple Solutions to Make Your Trip More Comfortable


Road trips are one of my favorite ways to get away from it all. I love the open road, but there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a car for hours on end without any comfort. Below are some hacks and tips that will help you make your next road trip more comfortable.

Pack a cooler.

Keeping food and drinks cool is essential for a successful road trip. You don’t want to be stuck with warm sandwiches, or worse–a melted ice cream cone!

To pack your cooler, start by putting the heaviest items at the bottom and packing them tightly together. Add lighter items on top of this layer, then repeat until your cooler is full. This will help prevent the heavier things from shifting around while you’re driving and potentially spilling out into other parts of your car.

Next comes keeping food fresh: If it’s an item that needs refrigeration (like dairy products), wrap it in plastic wrap first before placing it inside the cooler so that no moisture can get through while traveling. And finally? Make sure there’s plenty of ice available throughout each leg of your journey–you don’t want anyone getting thirsty!

Use a portable charger.

If you’re planning to take a road trip, portable chargers are a must-have. They allow you to charge your phone, camera and other devices while driving. You can find them in different sizes and shapes–and prices. Make sure you get one that is reliable and will hold its charge for as long as possible so that it doesn’t leave you stranded on the side of the road with no way to call for help or recharge your device!

Get the best seats for your road trip.

If you’re traveling with a group of people, it’s important to make sure that everyone is comfortable and safe. That means finding a car that fits everyone in your party–and if you have room for another passenger (or two), then all the better!

  • Make sure there is enough space for everyone.
  • Make sure everyone can see out of the windows comfortably.
  • Make sure no one will be uncomfortable sitting next to each other on long drives or overnight stays on the road trip.

Bring along a pillow and blanket.

A pillow and blanket can be used in a number of ways. The pillow can be propped up under your feet, or laid over the back of a seat to make it more comfortable for sleeping on long drives. You can also use it as an extra layer between yourself and other passengers if you’re sharing space in the back seat with someone else (or even just want some extra padding).

The blanket is useful both during and after your trip: while driving, it’ll keep you warm when it gets cold outside; once at your destination, use it as an extra layer on top of whatever bedding they have provided at their hotel–or bring along another one from home!

Use packing cubes to keep things organized.

Packing cubes are a must-have for any road trip. They’re great for keeping things organized and making sure you have everything you need within reach.

And if your car is like mine, which has limited space, packing cubes are essential. There’s not enough room in my trunk for me to store all of my luggage flat on top of each other like I would normally do at home (or in an apartment). Instead, I have to stack things vertically because there isn’t enough space horizontally; this means that things get jumbled together and end up getting wrinkled or crushed easily–not ideal!

Packing cubes solve this problem by allowing you to keep everything separated into different compartments so it stays clean and wrinkle-free until it’s time to unpack again at your destination!

Invest in a good car seat for the driver’s comfort.

The driver’s seat is a critical part of the car, and it’s important that you invest in one that will make your trips more comfortable. The first step to finding the right seat is knowing what to look for in a car seat.

  • Good lumbar support: A good backrest provides support for your lower back, which will help prevent pain and fatigue while driving long distances.
  • Seat height adjustment: Most cars come with adjustable seats that allow you to move up or down depending on how tall you are–but if yours doesn’t have this feature built into it already, consider buying an adjustable option!
  • Easy access: Make sure there’s enough room behind (and under) your chair so that when someone wants to get into their own seat later on down the road they won’t hit their knees against yours accidentally while trying to slide over.

Don’t forget your phone charger!

  • Charge your phone before you leave.
  • Bring a portable charger, even if you have one already.
  • Don’t forget to pack a car charger and USB cable in case the one in your car stops working or gets lost on the road.
  • Bring an extension cord or power strip so that everyone can charge their devices at once at night; this is especially useful if there’s only one outlet and multiple people need to charge their phones at once!

Plan Your Road Trip Like a Prep Pro

Planning is the key to a successful road trip. You want to make sure that everyone in your group is comfortable and has everything they need, so it’s important to plan out each leg of your journey beforehand. Here are some tips:

  • Use a road trip planner like Google Maps or Waze, which will tell you how long it takes to get from point A to point B and show traffic conditions along the way. This will help ensure that everyone arrives at their destinations on time–or at least not too late!
  • Make sure everyone has their favorite snacks and drinks before hitting the highway (or interstate). It can be difficult for kids or adults with allergies or dietary restrictions when there aren’t any restaurants nearby where they can eat safely; having snacks on hand can help keep everyone happy during long drives!

Save Tons on Eating Out

  • Eat in restaurants.
  • Pack a picnic.
  • Make your own food.
  • Eat at home, or bring snacks for the road (this is how we do it).

Make a DIY Car Sick Bag

If you or your child has ever gotten car sick, then this hack is for you. This simple solution can help prevent the unpleasantness of vomiting in your car (or on a plane), and it’s so easy to make! All you need is a plastic bag and some duct tape. Simply cut off the bottom corner of the bag so that it becomes open-ended, then tape it shut with duct tape–you’ll have yourself an instant car sick bag! It’s also great for storing snacks, toys and other items on long trips because it doesn’t take up much space in your trunk or backseat area when not being used as an emergency vomit receptacle.*

Have a small medication bag in the glove box

  • Keep a small first aid kit in the glove box.
  • Keep basic medications in the car, like ibuprofen, Benadryl and allergy medicine.
  • Keep a few extra blankets in the trunk or backseat for emergencies (it can get cold at night).

These tips will make your road trip more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone in the vehicle!

These tips will make your road trip more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone in the vehicle! They’re easy to do, they’ll help you save money and they’ll help you plan your road trip like a prep pro!

These tips will also make it easier to save tons on eating out.


We hope you enjoyed this list of DIY road trip hacks. We know it can be a lot of fun to get creative with your car and make it your own, but these tips are really just meant to make life on the road more comfortable and enjoyable for everyone in the vehicle!

Perry Smith

Passionate travel blogger, exploring the world one destination at a time, sharing captivating stories and inspiring others to embrace the thrill of wanderlust. Join me on my adventures as we uncover hidden gems, indulge in local cuisines, and create unforgettable memories around the globe.

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