Road trip itinerary? Check. That holiday feeling? Double check. Now it’s time to make sure you’ve packed the essentials before you get out on the open road this summer. From sun cream to sat navs, this list has got you covered.

Air conditioning

Driving for hours in a stuffy, humid car is certainly going to put a damper on your holiday spirit, so make sure you’ve got a fully working air con system before you set off.

Here at Halfords, we’ve got you covered with a Free Air Con Check to make sure everything’s working as it should. It’ll only take 15 minutes, and you can book in at your local Halfords store or garage at a time to suit you.

Travel documents

No matter how far you’re going, having essential documents with you is always smart. Pack a small folder with your driver’s license, vehicle insurance and breakdown cover.


No road trip is complete without food and drink for the journey, so level up your snack storage with an in-car coolbox! The Halfords 8 Litre 12V In-Car Electric Coolbox straps into the back seat for easy access and secure travelling, and the shoulder strap means you can take it on the go too.

You can use it to store everyone’s favourite travel snacks or pre-prepare a picnic you can tuck into at a scenic stop along the way. On a long journey, hydration is key too. Be sure to pack extra bottles of water in case of traffic or breakdowns.


Solar powered, USB, or battery pack, remember to bring along whatever portable power sources you need!

While road trips are a great way to unplug, a few key bits of tech can help make your trip a success – whether it’s for navigation, snapping some shots of your adventure, or entertainment for the journey, a couple of spare batteries and vehicle-friendly chargers might just save the day.

Protection from the elements

The UK weather is anything but predictable, so you’ll want to be prepared for whatever gets thrown your way – we’re talking sunglasses, sun cream, and insect repellent for when the sun’s shining, and an umbrella and waterproof jacket for when the heavens open.

Put on a layer of sun cream before you set off (yes, you can get sunburn while driving!) and make sure you have your shades nearby to avoid being dazzled by the sun.


Some of the silliest arguments start over disagreements about directions. That’s no fun way to start a holiday! Keep arguments to a minimum and make sure you get to your destination quickly and smoothly with a sat nav. At Halfords, we’ve got a huge range of the latest sat navs in the UK with all the features you could ask for, from traffic updates and 3D mapping to points of interest and driver assists.

If you’re struggling to make the transition from a classic A to Z, check out our Sat Nav Buyer’s Guide to find the sat nav that’s right for you.


No one wants to get into a boiling hot car after a day in the sun, so some sunshades are definitely an essential. Shield your car from the sun while you’re out and about with a windscreen sunshade to deflect UV rays and keep your interior cool for when you return, and keep littles ones in the back seats protected with side sunshades to reduce brightness and filter sunlight.

In-car tech

Let’s face it, even adults get irritable after too many hours spent in the car. If you’re travelling with kids, you can keep them happily entertained with an in-car DVD player, fitting to the front headrest for easy viewing from the back seats. Plus, car DVD players are completely independent of the car’s audio system, meaning that while the kids watch their favourite movies, you’re free to listen to your own music.

Speaking of music, you may also want to upgrade your audio system for some quality road-trip listening. We’ve got loads of options to enhance your listening experience, whether you want to add some extra dimension with a Car Amp or stream your music straight from your phone with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

First aid kit

Between sorting out entertainment, snacks, and sun cream, you might forget about first aid, but since you’re likely to be getting out and exploring an unfamiliar area, it’s best to be prepared.

Make sure you’ve got everything you need to patch up any bumps and bruises you might pick up along the way, as well as other emergency essentials like a torch, engine oil, and a hi-vis jacket. You may never need them, but you’ll have the peace of mind that they’re in the boot or glove box if you do.

The halfords motoring club

Our final road trip essential is a big one – keep your summer plans on track with the halfords motoring club. Sign up today and join the thousands of customers already enjoying a range of amazing benefits and discounts that will help to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving.

It’s completely free to become a member and you’ll receive instant benefits worth £35 including £10 off your MOT, a £10 welcome voucher to spend on any Halfords product or service, and a free 10-point car check (worth £15).

Or upgrade to Premium membership and enjoy a 5% discount on all motoring products and services throughout the year, as well as exclusive benefits worth over £100! For a one-off payment of just £49 (or £4.99 per month), here’s what you’ll receive:

  • 5% off member pricing (an always-on, unlimited discount on all motoring products and services online and across our stores, garages and Halfords Mobile Expert)
  • 1 x free MOT at your local Halfords garage (worth £54)
  • 1 x £10 welcome voucher
  • 2 x free 10-point car checks (worth £30)
  • 1 x free fitting for a pair of wiper blades or a pair of bulbs or a battery in our stores
  • Unlimited free next day delivery on all online orders
  • Your personal digital garage, an online hub where you can see your vehicle servicing history, tyre condition and maintenance needs
  • Dedicated customer support for motoring club members

Joining the halfords motoring club is quick and easy. Simply visit, choose your membership, enter your details and complete your registration.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and enjoy a year’s worth of benefits from Halfords to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving!

Now that you’re all stocked up, it’s time to get out there and enjoy your road trip! Need some inspiration? Check out our list of the top UK drives and destinations to explore this summer.

And remember, Halfords is here to help with all things summer – head over to for everything you need to make the summer months a success.