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How to Pack Your Bag to Hit the Road

Posted by Katharine Guidotti on

Are you gearing up for an exciting road trip adventure this fall?

Whether you're headed to an NFL game, a weekend getaway, or a fall foliage excursion, packing your bag right is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Packing for a Road Trip

Packing for a road trip is all about striking the perfect balance between comfort, convenience, and readiness for the unexpected. Beyond your team spirit and wanderlust, here's a breakdown of what to pack for a road trip or tailgating adventure: 

Road Trip Necessities for Your Car

Before delving into personal essentials, be sure that your car is road-trip ready and equipped with these key items:

  • - Registration and auto insurance information
  • - Spare car key (not on the same key ring, of course)
  • - Roadside assistance contact info
  • - Spare tire, jack and tools for changing a flat
  • - Water-resistant flashlight (just in case you experience car trouble at night!)
  • - Roadside emergency kit with oil, coolant, a portable gas container

Personal Essentials for Your Comfort

When it comes to personal packing, prioritize comfort and convenience. Here's a checklist to help you stay cozy and organized while you’re on the road:

  • Clothing: Pack weather-appropriate attire, including jeans, a light jacket, sweatshirts and a raincoat/poncho.
  • Toiletries: Prepare a toiletry bag with sunscreen, cosmetics and skincare essentials.
  • Electronics: Ensure you have charging chords for your phones and tablets.
  • Entertainment: Don't forget to bring games, music and lots of activities to make the long drive more enjoyable.

Now that you know what to pack for an epic football tailgate or weekend road trip, you need the right bags and accessories to store your stuff!

Look no further than Vera Bradley's NFL collection to enhance your journey with style, functionality and plenty of team spirit.

This lineup of must-have bags and accessories is perfect for hitting the road, tailgating and cheering on your favorite team.

Let's take a closer look at the details of these game-changing road trip companions!

Celebrate Game Day in Style

Your Road Trip MVP

When it comes to packing for a road trip, our NFL Large Travel Duffel has got you covered.

Large patterned duffel bag with Dallas Cowboys logo

Crafted from durable cotton, this spacious duffel boasts multiple interior and exterior pockets to keep your road trip and game day essentials organized. From team jerseys to electronics to sneakers, everything finds its perfect place in this bag. The detachable shoulder strap ensures comfort, while its extra-large storage capacity means you won't have to leave anything behind.

Best of all, it's available in a selection of energetic bandana prints featuring your favorite team's logo!

Score Big with a Star Player

Effortlessly combine sporty style and functionality with our NFL ReActive Large Car Tote!

Large car storage tote with Green Bay Packers logo

Whether you're hitting the highway or tailgating before the game, this tote is your trusty companion. Its spacious interior accommodates your essentials like snacks, sunscreen, hand wipes, napkins, and a jacket, while its overall size is perfect for storing in backseats and trunks. Durable, water-repellent, easy-to-clean fabric ensures it stands up to the demands of your epic adventures.

Choose one featuring your favorite team's logo and colors. 

Draft This Cool Customer to Your Team

Large red Kansas City Chiefs cooler with handles and carrying strap

Gear up for the ultimate road trip, fall adventure or tailgate party with the Vera Bradley NFL Cooler.

This cooler isn't just about keeping your beverages cold; it's a statement of team pride. With ample space for 21 soft drink cans, water-repellent fabric, easy-to-clean liner and choice of team-themed design, it's your go-to companion for enjoying drinks and chilled snacks while traveling every mile or celebrating every touchdown! 

Meet a Game-Changing Crossbody

Stay hands-free and focused on the game with our new NFL RFID Small Stadium Crossbody.

Quilted green crossbody bag with Philadelphia Eagles logo

This compact yet efficient crossbody, available in your choice team themes, keeps your essentials secure, whether you're cheering from the stands or the parking lot. The RFID protection adds an extra layer of security to your valuables.

Best of all, its design meets the NFL size requirements and standards for use in stadiums (although you should always check your stadium's website for specific requirements before entering). 

Keep Cozy While Your Cheer

Stay cozy and warm on chilly game nights with our NFL Oversized Throw Blanket.

Sporting a lively bandana pattern in your choice of team colors and logos, this generously sized blanket is made from super soft fleece. Perfect for keeping passengers comfy on long car trips, curbing the cold when tailgating or simply relaxing on the couch any time. 

Blue fleece blanket with Indianapolis Colts logo draped across beige chair

Enjoy a Winning Road Trip Game Plan 

As you embark on your road trip, our new NFL collection ensures you're well-prepared and stylishly equipped for every adventure. With the right essentials packed and the added flair of team spirit, you're ready to hit the open road with confidence.

Remember, a successful road trip is about embracing flexibility, enjoying the journey and creating unforgettable memories along the way.

So, pack your bags, grab your new NFL-themed bags and accessories and set off on a road trip that's truly legendary!