Road Trip Packing List

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road with friends or family and see what this state and country have to offer. If you’re up for an adventure, you need to start thinking about what to pack for your cross country trip. Here is our road trip packing list to help guide you the essentials.

Spare Tire

This might go without saying, but it is important to have a spare tire ready, and in good condition, in the event that you have a flat. Be sure you have all the right tools to change your tire and instructions if you’re not sure what to do. Sure you can do a quick YouTube search, but depending on your location, you may not have service.

Emergency Car Kit

Most people have these in their car year-round which is smart. The kit should include jumper cables, gloves, caution signs, light sticks, reflective vests, and window breakers. This will ensure that you are prepared for any possible emergency.

Car’s Owners Manual

You never know when a light will start flashing at you. In all likelihood when the lights start flashing, you’ll be out of cell phone or internet range. Your car’s owners manual has all the info you need if any lights start flashing at you or if your car begins to act a little funny.

Empty Gas Can

In the event that you run out of gas on your trip, having an empty gas can will come in handy. Make the trek to the nearest gas station on foot with certainty you can get the gas back to your vehicle.

Sun Shade

Keep your car a bit cooler with a sunshade. You are going to make pit stops and stop from time to time so you will want a sunshade to help keep your car cool when it is baking in the sun. If you’re sleeping in your car, these can double as privacy shields.

Wipes, Napkins, and Toilet Paper

When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go, and you may not be going in the cleanest of places. Take your own toilet paper, baby wipes, napkins along for the trip to ensure a little comfort when you have to stop to do your business. That said, be sure you have a trash bag with you as well so you don’t pollute if you do your thing in nature.

Sunscreen & Sunglasses

It is true that you can get a sunburn while in the car. Be sure to stay protected by bringing sunscreen and sunglasses along for your trip. The sunglasses will also help when you’re dealing with sun glare in the mornings and evenings.

Phone Charger & Portable Charger

What’s worse than your car breaking down? Your car breaking down and your phone being dead. Be sure to pack a car charger for your phone and a portable battery pack charger in the event that the car charge stops working. You want to be able to call for help in the event of a breakdown.


Not all car problems happen in the light of day. If you break down in the cloak of night, you will need a flashlight to investigate potential issues. Be sure to pack a flashlight that is also waterproof in the event that you get caught in a storm. Pack an extra flashlight just to be safe.

Paper Maps

It is probable that your route will fall out of cell phone range and your reliance on Siri and Google Maps might not be effective. An old school paper map might save the day if you’re ever in a pickle. Print your route out and keep it handy!


We’ve all become used to paying with credit and debit cards. However, there are some places that are still cash only for things like gas or food. Be sure to keep some cash handy for these situations.

Spare Key (On a different keychain)

Locking your keys in the car or losing your keys is such a common road trip faux pas. Bring a spare on a separate keychain. Have someone else in your group be in charge of it at all times!

Extra Fluids

You never know when your car will be low on oil, washer fluid, or coolant. Bring an extra quart of oil, a jug of washer fluid, and coolant along for the trip as well.

Before you head out on your next adventure, schedule a service appointment with Peak Kia North. They will check all your fluids and make sure that you’re all set to hit the road.

2020 Kia Soul

From it’s toaster-shaped style to being paired with human-sized breakdancing hamsters, the Kia Soul is instantly recognizable. Because of this, the 2020 Kia Soul redesign was a careful evolution of such an iconic vehicle.

The 2020 Kia Soul maintains its funky style that it is so well known for. However, it features a new engine, fresh technology, and active safety features. On the exterior, the fender flares are now more pronounced and the tail lights are boomerang shaped. Some even liken the look of the backend to the helmet from a Star Wars Stormtrooper.

The new Soul lineup has a new sporty GT package that is sure to excite those looking for a little more oomph. It features a turbocharged engine, 18-inch wheels, new front and rear fascias, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

In addition to the new GT package, the 2020 Kia Soul is 2.2 inches longer and rides on 1.2 inches longer wheelbase. This increases the Soul’s cargo capacity by 5 cubic feet. The liftgate is also wider which allows for easier loading and unloading in the redesigned Soul.

The 2020 Kia Soul has a new base engine that is 2.0-liter inline-four giving it 147 horsepower and 132-lb-ft of torque. This can be paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or the continually variable automatic (CVA) transmission from the Kia Forte. The turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four engine features 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft torque.

The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul is still affordable, starting at just $18,485 (Base LX Model). Want to take one for a spin? Schedule a test drive at Peak Kia North today!