Since the dawn of the automobile age the summer road trip has been a deeply rooted part of American culture. Americans love the idea of hopping in the car and driving somewhere to spend time relaxing at the lake, camping among the splendor of a national park, splashing at the beach or just hitting the road with no particular place to go.

A recent survey found that nearly 39% of American adults say they intend to take a road trip more than 250 miles from their home this summer. And with nearly 9,000 stores across the U.S., Walgreens is sure to be close to wherever they're going, whether they're traveling east-to-west, north-to-south, on highways or byways, or from sea to shining sea (find a Walgreens store here).

But a road trip can trip you up if you’re not properly stocked with the right tools and treats for a smooth ride. Walgreens has all the summer road trip essentials, both for your journey and your destination. Here are the key things to buy ahead of your trip or stock-up as you go.


Snacking while driving is a time-tested road trip pastime. Walgreens Nice! brand has dozens of great snacks to choose from, including healthier choices like Magic Trail Mix (available in 2.5-ounce single serve bags, and 9-ounce and 26-ounce sizes to share with the family); dried fruits like cherries, apricots and organic unsweetened mangoes; and Nice! Omega 3 Mix which features both nuts and dried fruits, keeping you fuller longer and away from the fast-food restaurants dotting the highways.

Staying hydrated is an important part of driving in the summer heat, and that starts with packing enough water. Walgreens offers a variety of affordable flavors and sizes, ranging from the simplicity of Nice! Spring Water to delicious, flavored options like Nice! Sparkling Water, available in Kiwi Strawberry, Black Cherry, Grapefruit, Peach and Cherry Limeaid.

Personal Care and Beauty

Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is important not only for healthy skin, but also to keep you from letting a painful sunburn ruin your vacation. Walgreens SPF 50 Hydrating Sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection, while Walgreens SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen, with zinc oxide as its active ingredient, provides excellent UVA and UVB protection naturally in a lightweight, oil-free spray. If you do get sunburned, treat it with products that cool, hydrate and heal burned skin. Walgreens After Sun Gel offers a cool, soothing treatment for sunburned skin, and Walgreens Dye-Free After Sun, which is made to moisturize sensitive, sunburned skin without dyes or fragrance.

Sampling local cuisine is one of the joys of traveling, but if you’re eating corn on the cob in Iowa, lobster rolls in Maine, brisket in Texas or Dungeness crab on the Puget Sound, some of that local cuisine can get stuck in your teeth. Walgreens Mint Infused Flossers are the perfectly compact way to get rid of the between-the-teeth leftovers, leaving you with nothing more than minty-fresh breath.

Convenience and speed
Experiencing a moment of panic because you forgot to pack a critical personal care item? With convenient 1-Hour Delivery and 30-Minute Pickup offerings, Walgreens offers thousands of products to make it easy to reload on whatever you need. Simply find the Walgreens store nearest to you, order online or with the Walgreens app, and select pickup or delivery so you experience less shopping time and more vacation time. And if you forget your medication or run out mid-trip, you can refill the Walgreens-issued prescription at any store.