Taking your Tesla on a road trip can be extremely fun and rewarding. But what do you need to pack? It’s a bit different with the Tesla, because there’s some extra things you need.  After taking countless road trips with my Tesla Model Y, I’ve created a comprehensive Tesla road trip packing list for your next Tesla road trip!   

I also created a “Tesla Roadtrip Packing List,” so if you’re interested, be sure to check that out! It is also available on my Etsy shop.

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Tesla Specific Road Trip Essentials


Most of the time, you’ll be able to  charge at Tesla Superchargers. However, in some places there may not be a Tesla supercharger nearby. It’s helpful to have these items so you can charge at a non-Tesla charger such as Electrify America, Charge Point, and EV Go. If you’re wondering How to Charge at a Non-Tesla charger, check my blog post

  • J1772 Adapter 
    • You can purchase it on the Tesla Website, which I highly recommend doing since the J1772 charger is one of the most common chargers. 
  • Tesla Charge Lock 
    • To prevent anyone from stealing your charger, when using the J1772 Charger 
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J1772 Adapter
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Tesla Charge Lock
  • CCS Adapter
    • This is not essential, but it is helpful to charge faster at charging station such as Electrify America and EVGo 
    • You can purchase it on the Tesla website
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Using a CCS Adapter at EVgo
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CCS Adapter
  • Nema 14-50
    • If you’re somewhere that has a Nema 14-50 outlet, you can use the Nema 14-50 plug to charge faster than a standard outlet 
  • Mobile Charging Kit 
  • EV Extension Cable
    • In case you have to park further from your charging source
Tesla Mobile Charging Kit

Tesla Accessories

While all of these aren’t absolutely essential to have, they can make your Tesla road trip more enjoyable. 

  • Tesla Lifting Jack Pads
    • Allows repair shops to lift your Tesla, without damaging the battery
  • SSD 
    • This is helpful for extra storage space from your Sentry mode and Dashcam  footage, in case of an accident. While the Tesla does come with a USB stick when you purchase the car, it has limited storage space, and the footage can get written over once you run out of space. 
  • Tesla Key Card
  • Floor Mats 
    • Protective floor mats are helpful in case of liquid spills, food spills, and mud. 
      • There’s different options that are better for different lifestyles, so read my blog post where I review and compare the top Tesla floor mats.
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  • Tesla Cooler 
    • If you’re hauling around cold drinks or food, the Tesmanian cooler or ICECO cooler fits easily in the Tesla. 
  • Tesla Food Tray 
    • The Alset Tesla food tray is helpful on road trips to keep your food on a flat surface to prevent splits. This tray is foldable, and can be put away after use. 
  • Phone Mount
    • Tesla Navigation is good, but I like to keep Google Maps and Waze open on my phone also. 
    • The phone mount pictured here is a MagBak phone mount which is my go-to phone mount because it is a clean and wireless way to charge your phone. (Use my affiliate code Everydaychris_chris15off for 15% off MagBak)  
  • Tesla Organizer Bins  
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MagBack Wireless Phone Mount
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Tesmanian Organizer Bins

General Road Trip Essentials

Emergency Roadside

In the event of an unexpected flat tire or accident, it’s helpful to keep these items in your Tesla.

  • Tire Repair Kit 
    • It comes with an air compressor (to inflate the tires) and slime or sealant (depending on which one you buy). If you use slime or sealant to fill the tire, your maximum speed limit is limited and eventually you will have to get a tire replacement. 
  • Tire Plug Kit
    • This is helpful if you have a nail in your tire that’s in a repairable area (not shoulder or side wall) and you’ll need to drive on the freeways as it allows you to drive a higher speed limits. I’ve used this myself when I had a nail stuck in my tire. 
  • Jump starter 
  • Tire pressure gauge 
    • The Tesla has a tire pressure gauge, but you can only see the tire pressure if you’re actively trying the car. So it’s helpful to have an extra tire pressure gauge. 
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Tire Pressure Gauge
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Jump Starter
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Flashlight / Headlamp 
  • Emergency Beacon 
    • In case you’re stuck in a place where there’s no cellular or wifi signal, you can use this emergency beacon can call for help. 
  • Freeze dried food / Water / jet boil 

Car Basics

These are obvious, but make sure you have these in your car and keep them updated! 

  • License and registration
  • Car insurance 
  • AAA card (if applicable)


  • Water bottle 
  • Snacks 
  • Caffeine (coffee, caffeine gummies) 
  • Baby wipes / Tissue 
  • Hand sanitizer / Clorox wipes 
  • Trash bag
  • Umbrella 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Glasses Wipes cleaner 
  • Extra Cash
  • Cooler Shopping bag 
    • This is super helpful when I grab groceries that needs to be refrigerated. It functions as both a cooler and a reusable shopping bag
  • First Aid Kit  (Bandaids gauze, antibiotic ointment, touriquet, scissors, alcohol wipes, Tylenol, ibuprofen, tweezers, ace wrap, moleskin)
  • Benadryl

Comfort (for Passenger)

Motion Sickness

  • Anti-nausea (Ginger drops, Zofran)
  • Motion sickness (Dramamine) 
  • Vomit bags


  • Phone
  • Watch
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Camera/GoPro
  • Kindle
  • Device chargers
  • A Better Route Planner (phone app) 
    • You can download and use this app for free on your phone. It’s very helpful to planning road trips to ensure you have enough charge to arrive at your destination 
    • Check my Youtube video to see How I Plan my Tesla Roadtrips
  • Plug Share  (phone app)
    • This is also a free phone app. It shows nearby chargers and what type of charger it is. 
  • Offline map or paper map 
    • This can be helpful since many times on road trip you lose reception. 


Be sure to check the temperature of your destination before hand! 

  •  Outer Jacket
  • Long sleeves / Short sleeves / Tank tops
  • Pants / Shorts 
  • Socks
  • Undergarments 
  • Sleeping clothes 
  • Swimsuit / Goggles 
  • Shoes / Flipflops 
  • Laundry Kit (laundry bag, detergent, dryer sheets, quarters) 


  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Floss 
  • Mouthwash
  • Retainer
  • Contacts & Solution 
  • Glasses
  • Eye drops 
  • Shampoo & Conditioner 
  • Shower gel / Soap
  • Face wash
  • Face moisturizer / Eye cream 
  • Hairbrush / Hair ties / Hair accessories
  • Styling products 
  • Hair dryer
  • Menstrual products
  • Razor & Shaving cream
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors 
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume / Cologne
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick 
  • Makeup
  • Cotton balls 
  • Q-tips 
  • Nail clipper / Filer 
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Neosporin 
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray 
  • Prescription medications

Day Hiking

If you’re doing a day hike, it’s helpful to have these items. 

  • Hiking Backpack
  • Hydration pack
  • Dry bag (if entering water)
  • Hiking shoes & socks
  • Hiking poles
  • Electrolyte tabs 
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight 
  • Whistle 
  • First aid kit
  • Moleskin 
  • Hat

Winter Weather

  • Snow chains  / Autosock 
  • Gloves 
  • Beanie / Scarf 
  • Winter boots 
  • Warm socks 
  • Hand / Feet Warmers 
  • Base Layer
  • Outer Jacket

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! Check out my “Tesla Roadtrip Packing List,”  if you’re interested in supporting this blog. It is also available on my Etsy shop.

Enjoy your road trip and safe travels!


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