5 Packing Tips for the Ultimate Road Trip

Adventure calls. Pack light, pack smart.


1. Only take the essentials

It’s all too easy to pack things you just don’t need. Think back to your last couple of trips; which items never once left your bag between packing and arriving back home? Remember that mix-and-match layers offer flexibility—and don’t forget to pack for the weather.

2. Use space wisely

Packing a spare pair of shoes? Then use them to store your socks and underwear. You might even have space to cram a watch or belt in there too.

3. Roll your clothes

Get out of the folding habit. Rolling clothes rather than folding stops them creasing and creates more space. Try wrapping your gear around a central core object, such as a pouch or wash bag. And try to roll everything as tightly as possible to stop things from wrinkling.

4. Ditch the case

Hard rigid cases are a no-no. A soft bag will slot easily into your trunk and mold around other items without eating up precious space.

5. Try not to fill your bag

It’s tempting to use every spare inch of your packing space, but leave a little space for that ‘I ❤ Chicago’ tee and a few bottles of the local brew; you’ll be glad you did on the return leg.

The Gear:

Earthkeepers® Kempton Chukka Shoes

Full grain leather construction and water-repellant SiO2 treatment mean the ultra-cushioned Kempton Chukka shoes can handle anything the world throws at them. And still look and feel good while they’re doing it.

Original 32-Liter Waterproof Backpack

Seam-sealed, so your road trip gear won’t get wet in sudden downpours, this cavernous backpack features a roll-top closure, internal padded laptop sleeve, side water bottle pockets and exterior pockets with snap closures.

Classic Buffalo Leather Belt

Tie any look together on your trip with this premium leather belt, made from 100% heavyweight buffalo leather. Choose from three sizes and three stylish finishes.

Earthkeepers® Duxbury Bi-fold Leather Wallet

Store your traveling funds in the 100% Duxbury leather wallet. A slim silhouette, plenty of room for cards and cash and a lining made from recycled plastic bottles. All your financial needs covered.

COOLMAX® crew socks

Ensure your feet stay in top condition as you trek around the country with a couple pairs of COOLMAX® crew socks—guaranteed to cushion, support and keep your toes dry from sidewalk to trail.