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Road Trip Essentials

Road Trip Essentials

Hat. AAA Card. Sunglasses. Sunscreen. Shirt. Scarf. Shorts. Purse. Camera. Lip Balm.

Sandals. Baby Wipes. Corn Nuts. Water Bottle.

Whether it is a short drive up the coast or a cross country trip, a road trip is perfect for a summer getaway! After 40 days on the road criss-crossing the country, I think I am qualified as a semi-professional road-tripper, so I wanted to share some of my favorite road trip essentials.

AAA Card:  Not only is this little card your guardian angel in case of a breakdown or locked-in keys, but it also comes in handy for hotel and ticket discounts!

Sun Protection: Always, always, always bring some sunscreen on your trip! Put it on everyday, even if you think you will be sitting in the car for most of the day. Glass filters out UVB rays, but the sun’s harmful UVA rays can penetrate through the car windows and give you a sunburn. I like this Neutrogena spray-on sunscreen because I can spray it on quickly, don’t have to get my hands sticky, and it feels light on the skin. And don’t forget your sunglasses and hat! I also brought a scarf in my purse every day which I used to not only keep warm when the Mister and I couldn’t decide on a AC temperature, but also to cover up from the sun in the late afternoon.

Comfy Clothes: This was pretty much my uniform. A chambray shirt, aqua shorts, and comfortable sandals.  Oh, and my amazing $35 purse to hold everything!

Hydration: Between the sun and AC, my lips hated me! Luckily I found this awesome lip balm years ago and I swear by it! Not only does it hydrate, but it smells delicious! And don’t forget a refillable water bottle! Bottled water can be expensive, so when walking around an exploring, I would often fill my water bottle.

Camera: Capturing memories are some of the least expensive souvenirs!  I captured all of ours with my new Fuji x100s. It’s smaller than the huge DSLR cameras, so it fit easily in my purse, did not hurt my neck/shoulders after a long day of sight-seeing, and was smaller and inconspicuous for those quick street snapshots.

Baby Wipes: We used baby wipes ALL THE TIME! After filling up the tank at the gas station, after restroom stops, after exploring antique and thrift stores, etc. etc. We went through a package and a half. And we don’t have kids.

Corn Nuts: My motto is “It’s not a road trip, without Corn Nuts!”

What are your favorite travel essentials?



Note: I was not paid or given any product to advertise the above items.  I personally own and use (or own and use a similar style of the same brand)  all of the items shown above and personally recommend all of them.



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Kim E

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Great post, most of these things are always on me already :) Would love to know what you thought of the camera! Oh and I have to add that I tend to bring gummies or hard candy for road trips, something to help keep me awake when needed :)


Wednesday 18th of June 2014

The corn nuts keep me awake! I like the loud crunching. As for the camera, I love it, but I need to learn how to use it more on manual. I like that it's small, I was able to get some photos without people seeing me and my shoulder didn't hurt at the end of the day.