Updated March 26, 2017.
Packing for a road trip can be a daunting chore, but with the right information, tools and checklists, packing can be easy.
No matter what kind of trip I take, I always pack according to the Travel Security Administration’s (TSA) airline travel requirements.
Doing so forces me to travel light.
Moreover, it’s a kind of travel insurance.
If an emergency occurs during a road trip, then I don’t have to abandon the important things when booking other modes of transportation and I have everything with me I need to see me through for the duration.
There is only one place to get the answers and that is here!
No more laborious searching for TSA travel information. I've done the legwork for you and have published what I think is the most important information you need for your next trip.
Bookmark this page so you can have it when you need it most!
Tell your travel companions, friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about this "Packing for a Road Trip" webpage. It’s a one-stop place to get the TSA information you need.
Here are the latest TSA’s travel requirements, including TSA press releases. Visit here often as the information is always up-to-date via TSA's RSS feeds.
Check TSA’s list of acceptable identification before leaving home. Put your identification into a security pocket and conceal this on your body along with a credit card, loose cash and your keys.
Use the “What Can I Bring . . . ?” tool to determine TSA compliant items before you pack and go.
While on the road, keep up with the latest. Access the MyTSA tool, an online version of the MyTSA App.
Rather than re-creating yet another packing list, I decided to provide you with the best of the best in response to all the requests I've received to publish at Road Trip Explore! a TSA compliant packing checklist.
My enduring favorites are from TravelSmith.com and SmartPacking.com. Both organizations have excellent packing checklists to meet just about every travel need.
Choose the list that best serves you and then download the pdf file or print the list of your choice.
Better yet, make two copies.
Turn one copy into a master packing list you keep inside your suitcase so you’re always ready to go and use the other as a worksheet to double check . . . you don’t want to forget a thing!
A spare checklist makes a great shopping list to replace cosmetics and toiletries you have used up on previous trips or to improve your basic wardrobe with travel friendly clothing.
It’s worth taking the time to prepare for your adventure. With a little planning, packing correctly for a road trip makes for carefree travel and an enjoyable get-a-way.
No one says it better than one of my favorite people, Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Get ready for YOUR next road trip! ;D https://t.co/hGNiO0S1mk— Suzi Rosenberg (@DiscoverNorCal) August 25, 2016