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6 Essentials for a Kickass Summer Road Trip

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This summer, adventure is calling your name! What better way to spend your much-needed college vacay than by road-tripping for a week? Grab your girl squad, pick a destination, make a playlist, and hit the road for a travel session that’s totally affordable and lowkey.

The only struggle is figuring out what to pack for days spent in a car. To help you out, we’ve curated our fave double-duty essentials to keep your suitcase functional and comfy while you enjoy this excursion. Start adding these to your packing list now – adventure awaits!

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Road trips often equal messy, musty car hair, so packing multipurpose products to keep your mane fresh is, like, a no-brainer. First priority is obv dry shampoo, and we love Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo from Bed Head by TIGI to use in a pinch sans shower. Also throw in Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray for those times when you haven’t brushed your hair in days and the tangles are intense. Finish off with Beach Me Wave Defining Mist Gel for waves and shine, and it’s basically like you’ve been to the salon instead of sitting in the passenger seat of a car for days.

Get $5 off a $20 TIGI product purchase from Ulta Beauty and Ulta.com using TIGI5, and your road trip hair essentials are a GO!


Road trip makeup lewks are often minimal and comfy. You’re spending 60 percent of the trip in a car, so no need to have a full face every second! However, your one must-pack product should be Buxom’s Full-On™ Lip Polish in Dolly for a plumped pout that’s Instagrammable without feeling too heavy. Tingly and shimmer-sheer, this formula is perfect for your big summer adventure. Need more makeup tips for your big trip? Follow @buxomcosmetics for all the beauty inspo and use the special Her Campus code HERCAMPUS for 20 percent off at checkout on buxomcosmetics.com.


When you finally stop for the evening, the first self-care item on your agenda should be to mask. Pop on a Freeman Feeling Beautiful™ Sweet Tea + Lemon Peel-Off Clay mask because your skin will be thirsty for this toning and refining, trust us. Have peel-off mask, will travel.


True life: Shaving on the road will be a lot easier if you pack shave cream. Avoid razor burn and nicks with the Skintimate 2-in-1 Shave Cream & Skin Conditioner, a super moisturizing formula to give your legs a healthy-looking glow while you travel. Plus, this cream doesn’t need water – just put it on dry skin, shave, and go! No shower, no problem.


If you’re anything like us, feeling your prickly legs or stray eyebrows is a fast way to get annoyed while sitting in a car for hours on end. Avoid this damper by stocking up on versatile razors and whipping out your Schick Quattro YOU or Schick Silk Touch Up Razor at a pit stop or wherever you’re staying overnight. Nothing makes you feel fresh AF again like some personal grooming, and keeping this disposable razor and multipurpose beauty tool with you is the most efficient way to take care of fine hairs while you’re on the road.


While road trips are a generally safe travel option, there’s always a number of unlucky accidents that could occur. For a worry-free trip, stick some Krazy Glue All Purpose Singles into your suitcase. Whether your flip-flop breaks in a total summer bummer or your PopSocket loses its sticky powers, use a dab of Krazy Glue for fast fixes.

With the packing list covered, we hope you have a blast on your summer adventure! In this case, the journey is the destination, so enjoy every minute of it.

Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.