Must Haves for a Road Trip to a Christmas Town

Now that you have read up on must visit Christmas towns in the Pacific Northwest, are you ready to take your family on a road trip to visit a great Christmas town? First of all, I just want to commend you for taking the steps that will surely be a memory maker for your family. We have done several of these trips and my family often talks about those visits. It might just become a new Christmas tradition for you.

One way to make sure that your road trip goes smoothly and is as fun as possible is to make sure that you have all of the things that you need for this adventure. Check out this list below for all of your must haves for a road trip to the Christmas town of your choice.

Must Haves for a Christmas Town Road Trip

Christmas town road trip

For this list, I am going to focus on the extras that you should have for this particular adventure. However, I do recommend making sure you have all of the necessities to be sure that you’ll get to your destination safely.

Must Haves for a Safe Road Trip

  • Reliable Vehicle
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Good Smartphone with Charger
  • Life360 or other tracking app (This is so your loved ones can find you if they haven’t heard from you, specifically if you are driving to a new location in winter weather). We use Life360 for our teen drivers so I happen to be familiar with this one.

Must Haves for a Fun Christmas Town Road Trip


If you ever taken a road trip of any kind you know that snacks are an absolute must have for your adventure! You don’t need any hangry passengers (or drivers for that matter) on this adventure! Of course this is 100% personal preference, but here are some of our favorite road trip snacks.

  • Jerky (I follow a low carb diet and there are few things better than jerky for road trip snacks than jerky!)
  • Dried Fruit – Dried fruit is a great road trip snack!
  • Granola – Granola is a great snack to keep on hand in the car.
  • Junk Food – If ever there was a time for junk food, I think a road trip is it! Check out this CraveBox full of yummy junk food treats.

Hot Chocolate / Coffee

Okay, you simply cannot take a trip to visit and view beautiful Christmas towns without a delicious and steaming cup of cocoa in your hand. I’ll give you a pass if you need some caffeine and require coffee in your mug instead of cocoa, although it’s not quite as festive in my opinion.

Yes, you could probably find a coffee shop while you are there, but I like to play things safe and bring my own. Each member of my family has their own hydroflask tumbler or mug and we pack a large thermos (we use this 64 ounce Hydroflask) full of cocoa before we head out.


Yes, I know you are going to be in a car, but trust me, you need blankets for this trip. Besides the fact that you should always keep a blanket in your car for emergencies, you need one for this trip. As soon as you pull into the Christmas town, I am willing to bet that passengers in your car are going to want to roll the windows down to get the best view possible. Since you are in a Christmas town and not the tropics, it’s likely to be cold. Let those in your car stay warm by letting them be warm and snuggly under a blanket while enjoying the beautiful wintery views.

Our three kids all bring their own blankets on road trips and they are all very different in what type of blankets they love.

Heavy Fuzzy Sherpa Fleece Throw Blanket

Super Soft Throw Blanket Premium Silky Flannel

Faux Fur Throw Blanket


Yes, cash. It may not be super fun, but trust me, you (or your kids) are going to want something while you are visiting these magical Christmas towns. You may find a vendor with super cute gifts, a snack shop with local treats or maybe you’ll want to step into a local restaurant for dinner while you are there. Either way, you’ll feel better with a little bit of cash on hand.

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