Road Trip Survival Guide

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Recycled Karma Hello Friday Sweater similar here / Levi’s 501 Shorts in Roadside Blues / Nine West Zipper Satchel similar here / Tommy Hilfiger T Strap Sandals similar here / Circus by Sam Edelman Gray Glasses similar here

By the time you’re reading this I will be in Tennessee. I will have hopefully endured an eight hour drive with my limbs, sanity and husband in tact. Fingers crossed. Here are my tips and tricks for not coming out of the car a convicted woman.

Have a meal plan.
This is HUGE for me. (Notice the bold, italicized capital letters.) I have worked extremely hard to lose about 30 pounds and I am not about to rebound. Obviously, eating well while you’re travelling can be difficult so here are my tips.

You don’t have to eat fast food. Shocking, I know. But just because you need to get back to the road doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) stop for a bite. Long drives can do a number on your physical and emotional wellbeing and more often than not an hour to sit and enjoy a meal out of the car is a welcome relief. Still feeling the time constraint? Pack a meal before you leave and picnic at a rest stop. Saves calories, time and your budget.

Pack snacks. A road trip is not a road trip without snacks and having some on hand will decrease the number of stops you make and keep you from getting hangry. Some things you’ll find in my cooler are snack bars, Fiber One Brownies (the mint one is to die for!), something salty like pretzels or chips, at least two different kinds of candy and plenty of drink options.

A first aid kit is a must.
I have a DIY first aid that I’m always adding to and I keep it in my car at all times. You never know when you’ll need it and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Basic items to include: bandaids, tylenol, dramamine, itch relief, sleeping pills, antiseptic, tweezers.

Organize, organize, organize.
My little mama gifted me the American Tourister Pop Plus 3 Piece Set for my bridal shower last year and it is perfect; simple, well made and…black. Love me some black. (It also comes in a few other colors if black isn’t your thing.) She also gave me a set of Amazon Basics Packing Cubes (2 medium, 2 large) and a set of the smaller Amazon Basics Packing Cubes (4 small). Typically, I use the large ones for clothes, medium for swimsuits or pajamas and the smallest for lingerie and undies. We purchased the Lavievert Toiletry Bag because the luggage set above doesn’t actually come with a toiletry bag and I have a separate makeup travel bag for all my beauty products. I use a David Yurman travel jewelry case my sister picked up at a thrift store for $1.78, similar here.

As for documents, I have this document organizer on my wishlist for next trip. I plan on using it to hold reservation confirmations, prepurchased tickets, passports and to organize carry-on items.

Invest in travel “guides”.
I do not like being lost. Let me repeat that. I do not like being lost and when I’m in the car we don’t get lost. Ever. I like to keep four essential travel helpers in my car at all times. A GPS, an actual paper map of the state we’re visting (you can find these at rest stops or what I like to do is have one mailed to me for free before we go – just google free road map of ________ state), a wirebound atlas (it’s easier to keep open) and my trusty Next Exit book. The Next Exit book is my absolute favorite because it lets you see what is off an exit WAAAAAAAY before the road signs do so you can plan ahead to stop for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings 100 miles before you’re there.

Dress to impress….
…your butt into your seat. I don’t ever travel in jeans and heels. It’s not practical, it’s not comfortable and road trip ninja skills are always necessary. My favorite travel outfits always include: leggings, a tunic, some type of wrap or cardigan and flip flops.

Preferably not something your husband listens to or you’ll have to listen to him screech the entire trip. (Just kidding!) Here are my favorite eight albums to have on my MP3 player for trips.

Your Favorite Weapon by Brand New
Self Titled Album by Good Charlotte
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse
Greatest Hits by Journey
Oracular Spectacular by MGMT
Self Titled Album by Foxy Shazam
Self Titled Album by The Used
Fang Bang by Wednesday 13

What do you do to stay sane on the road?

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hello friday roadside blues sandals sunglasses BLACK SATCHEL

luggage  packing cubes toiletry bag makeup bag jewelry case document organizer next exit atlas

brand new good charlotte modest mouse journey mgmt foxy shazam the used wednesday 13

2 thoughts on “Road Trip Survival Guide

  1. Hola Laura!

    Enjoyed your travel tips! I wondered if you could tell me from what site you were able to receive a free paper road map from? I tried googling it for a couple of states we plan on traveling and only came across printable pdfs but none that actually mailed out the paper folded road maps.


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