Clothes for travel
Clothing: The Basics
Coffee stains and sharply defined wrinkles are bound to become part of your road-trip wardrobe, so save anything pricey or especially beloved for your destination. In the car, wear a tank top or T-shirt layered under a long-sleeved T or zip-up sweatshirt. In cool weather, pick a denim shirt or soft flannel button-up. Cargo pants or worn-in denim is the right choice on the bottom — avoid new jeans because the denim will be uncomfortably stiff. Wear pants with a wide, flat waistband that sits comfortably at the hips so they won’t droop or pinch. A maxi dress or long skirt would also be a comfortable choice for a woman. Stow a spare shirt within reach in case the inevitable fallen ketchup-soaked fry lands on your front.
Shoes and Accessories
Shoes aren’t just about protecting your soles on a road trip — at least, not for the driver. Whatever shoes you pick should not impede your ability to work the pedals, so heels or shoes with slippery soles are out. Consider the location of your car’s air vents when choosing shoes. If air-conditioning or heat will be blasting out of a foot-level vent, sandals might be too cold or boots too hot. Slip-on flat shoes like casual tennis or driving styles are your best bet. Don a pair of sunglasses in case of glare, and if you’re lucky enough to go cruising in a convertible, bring a baseball cap or scarf to keep your hair from whipping into your eyes.
Outerwear (Even on a Sunny Day)
In the car, you’re like a wizard, controlling the temperature and breeze with the touch of a few buttons. Outside the car, though — that’s beyond your control. Your tires and windshield wipers aren’t the only ones that have to contend with the elements. For fill-ups and restaurant stops, bring appropriate outerwear. Find space in the car for a raincoat or hooded poncho; if you have to dash out into rain, you can shed the wet coat once back in the car and keep your clothes dry. A winter coat, gloves, hat and scarf are must-haves if you’re traveling through an area prone to cold and snow. Though you might never need them, you’ll be glad to have these items if your car breaks down in a blizzard.
More Road Trip Must-Haves
You’re unlikely to forget the obvious road-trip accessories, like music, snacks, bottled water and a GPS. Add a few more items to your glove compartment for a smooth trip. Bring coins and small bills for tolls, a fully filled spare tire, an emergency car kit that includes first-aid supplies, a car charger compatible with your phone, lip balm to combat chapping during windows-down periods and a full tube of sunscreen. Reapply sunscreen every few hours, paying careful attention to your window-side arm. No one wants to return from a memorable trip with a one-armed sunburn to show for it.