It's summertime! We know what that means...time for a road trip!
And, on a road trip, the name of the game is comfort, utility, & no stress. Here's how to pull that off.
What to wear?
- These Spanx pants. They're high-waisted and the most comfy. Bonus: they don't look like spanx or leggings. If you/re worried about them rolling down, simply wear what I wear every day: these Buckle tanks. I can't recommend them enough.
- A light-colored hoodie. (Always wear a long-sleeved one on a road trip, with a light t-shirt under it especially during the summer so you can take it off. You'll actually stay cooler as the sun won't bake your skin.)
- Don't forgo jewelry, just wear the same earrings the whole trip, preferably ones that hook in the back so you can sleep in them if you want to.
- This tinted SPF for your face (no need for foundation!) and this one for your hands.
- This mascara. Smudge it around your eyes & it will serve as eyeliner, too. Done and done.
- This gloss. It hydrates and lasts and lasts.
- These slippers. If you're wearing Uggs in the winter or flippies in the summer, you'll want to drive with these on. Most. Comfy. Ever.
What to have in the car with you?
- First, the obvious: a first aid kit, and if you're driving in the winter time, read this and get a winter package.
- At least 2 scarves, & an extra light-colored hoodie. These serve as a great way to keep the sun off of you, or to drape on the sun visor.
- 2 small pillows for propping up your arms or keeping your legs comfy.
- Paper towels, Kleenex, wet wipes (Especially useful for after you've been snacking on those Chee-toes).
- These sunglasses. No reason not to be stylish on the road!
- This cooler. Your sandwich stuff will stay cool all day long.
- Snacks (obvs) and chip clips or rubber bands to close the snacks.
Here are a few hints on making your trip fun & relaxing.
- If you are worried about conflict amongst the people who will be in the car, discuss it beforehand, and have a plan for how to make decisions while on the road (who controls the radio, when/where to stop and eat, how often to stop to clean bugs off of the windshield, what is our cutoff time for when to stop for the night, etc.). Take turns or flip a coin each time. And stick to it.
- Download some funny podcasts or books for the car. Time will fly.
- Don't be on a strict timetable. Have a loose idea where you would like to be that night, but don't get stressed if it takes longer than you planned. Don't always have hotels booked, but if you do, make sure they're cancelable up until that day.
- Have a backup hotel in mind that's a bit closer, just in case.
- Take photos of signs indicating what towns are coming up, and exit signs, etc. They're great mementos.
- Wander off the beaten path. If you wonder whether to take the exit to see the "greatest hamburger in the Western Hemisphere" or the "U.S.A.'s Biggest Patriotic Python," then take the exit.
- Sometimes, take the long way. And through the park. You won't regret it. You'll only regret the things you DON'T do.
Where are you headed this summer? Leave questions or comments below. I'll give you all the advice I got!
Until then, stay Veracious, fellow Voyagers. Stay Veracious.