Gear Kits

The Ultimate Central California Road Trip Gear Kit

No road trip is complete without the right gear to keep you cozy, safe, and ensure maximum fun!

Curated by Meghan Young

If you’re hitting the California Coast for an ultimate road trip, here are some must have items!

Whether you’re painting and relaxing at the beach or camping at Big Sur, you’ll want some tunes to set the mood for ultimate relaxation or a late night dance party! Built to withstand the elements, this speaker delivers crisp sound at a range of 100 feet with the added bonus of a built in FM tuner, Auxiliary jack, and easy USB charging for life on the go! Don’t forget to download the matching app so you can hijack the speaker just in case someone decides to put some questionable tunes on!

So you want to hit the water but you don’t have a ton of space in the car? Enter the Puffer, an inflatable board that’s stable enough for even a novice paddler! The bright colors pop on the ocean and it’s a breeze to unroll and inflate no matter where your path takes you. When you’re done, pack it back into its handy backpack, dust yourself off, and get back on the road!

Each night as the sun goes down, temps drop on the coast so layers are necessary. Enter the Rumpl, a cozy, light blanket that easily packs into it’s stuff sack when you’re not using it. Stow it during the day, then grab it at night or anytime it gets chill! Bonus points if you snag a California Flag blanket and wear it like a cape!

Let’s face it, life on the road can be sweaty and showers are sometimes few and far between! Enter the Ursa Major face wipe, which doubles as an anything wipe when needed! Wipe off the dirt from the road between adventures and carry on with your bad self!

Why drive in any old car when you can rent a kitted out Jeep, complete with pop-top camper? Pacific Overlander has a number of adventure-ready vehicles that will see you faithfully through your entire trip, with the clearance and power to handle any terrain you decide to conquer! As an added bonus, they can also supply you with a cooler, stove, camp chairs, and all the advice you might need to make your trip a success!

If you’re hitting the road for hours at a time or camping in remote locations, you’ll want a cooler that will see you through the entire trip! Enter the Yeti 35, the perfect size for a week long trip. Store your snacks and ice cold beverages here and enjoy as needed—you won’t regret it! Pro tip: this cooler is so sturdy, it doubles as a seat when you need an extra!

Whether you’re grabbing coffee to go or making a refreshing glass of iced tea, a reusable, insulated tumbler is an essential item so you can stay refreshed without leaving behind a trail of garbage. Hydroflask is my go-to with their incredible design and proven ability to keep things hot (or cold!) and bright, fun colors!

With extended time on the water or road, polarized glasses are critical for healthy, happy eyes! I’m a huge fan of the Maui Jim line with their high quality, polarized lenses!