A marie claire Guide To Planning The Perfect Summer Road Trip

The journey awaits

With overseas trips on hold and summer officially on the horizon, road trips have become the travel plan you can count on—and while it might not have been our first pick, thanks to Australia’s incredible and beautiful landscapes, the idea of exploring our very own backyard has never been more enticing (especially if it involves sandy beaches and saltwater along the way). 

While travelling during the pandemic is already a different experience—with social distancing still something to keep in mind—a road trip is a way to experience some awe-inspiring locations at a safe distance, whether you’re planning an overnight stay or week-long visit. All you need? A route, some pre-planned stops and a few key essentials. 

Below, everything to consider before heading off on your summer road trip. 

Pack The Essentials 

While arguably not the most important thing to remember when taking off, adding in a few chic and trendy essentials will never go astray when making your stops along the way.

From a versatile throw that can be used as anything from a beach towel to picnic blanket (the perfect way to enjoy the sunset at a stunning beachside location), to a wide-brimmed hat that’ll make any two-day-old car outfit look instantly updated. 

Handy things to pack also include sunscreen and disinfectant wipes, because you never know where the road might lead you! 


Wandering Folk Amber Carpet Picnic Rug, $190;


Jacquemus $275;


Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen 50ml, $45;

Be Prepared (And Safe)

On top of checking that you’re not headed directly into any COVID hotspots, remember to always give yourself an added safety measure of car insurance. While it may not be the first thing you think of when imagining a summer vacation on the road, being prepared helps ensure that in the event of a worst-case scenario, you know you can be covered. 

Stella, a car insurance brand that specifically caters to Australian women, aims to reward women for being statistically safer drivers. The insurance brand is a radically different proposition in the Australian insurance market—and, as female drivers, a proposition that will have you and your bank account thanking you should anything go wrong. 

Stella helps empower Australian women with simple and transparent car insurance, ultimately challenging the way we approach insurance and finance altogether—and won’t leave you scratching your head in the process.*

Another thing to remember? If you’re driving solo, always tell someone where you’re going and know your local emergency numbers and contacts. 

Curate Your Playlists & Podcasts

What better way to drive off into the distance than with a lineup of podcasts and killer songs to make the ride smoother? From the femme podcasts that will feed your mind and soul to marie claire’s all-time favourite podcasts made by women for women—there’s plenty to keep you entertained (and inspired) for the trip. 

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Don’t Forget The Camera

The whole point of a road trip is to curate some incredible memories, and there’s no better way to document the time away from home than with pictures. From disposables to polaroids, there’s a camera for every moment. 


Polaroid Now i-Type Camera, $219.95;


Dubblefilm Show 35mm Camera, $94;

*Any advice provided is general advice and does not take your personal circumstances into consideration. Please read the Stella product disclosure statement (PDS) available at for the terms, conditions, and exclusions before purchasing this insurance. Stella Underwriting (ABN 72 633 811 319) is Authorised Representative (AR 001282046) of Allstate Insurance Pty Ltd (AFSL 239010) which is acting under an agreement on behalf of the product issuer, QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited AFSL 239545).

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