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Monday, July 31, 2017

Road Trip Essentials

Not trying to toot my own horn, but I consider myself a master of road trips. I've done many throughout my life, however in recent years I've been on an extraordinary amount of them. Every few months or so I make the trip from Orange County to the San Francisco Bay Area and back which can last anywhere from 6 to 10+ hours depending on traffic and other conditions. Sometimes I do the trip solo and other times I go with my roommate, either way there are some essentials that I've learned are necessary for these types of trips. 

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Earphones / Headphones

When I'm on my family road trips I always have to bring along earphones! My parents love to listen to the news while driving, and it's just something that I don't prefer to listen to. So I pop in my headphones and listen to some music. I recently got these wireless earbuds from Sudio Sweden and have been LOVING them! I've never tried out wireless ones before, and now I'm hooked on them. My old pair of earphones used to get tangled any time I put them away and I would sometimes knock them out of my ears if I accidentally moved my arm in the wrong way. These ones are super high quality, beautifully made, and do the job well! If you're interested in them you can get them for 15% off with my code classicbrunette :)

Phone Charger / Aux Cord

If I'm traveling by myself or with my roommate we'll bring a phone charger or aux cord to plug into the car so that we can blast our music to keep ourselves entertained. I like to make a playlist that has great singalong songs and beats that will keep me awake. That's especially important if I'm driving through the night or early morning! 

Snacks / Beverages

Bring out the caffeinated drinks for your ride, particularly if you're the one who will be driving. If you're not the one(s) driving, feel free to bring any type of beverage that you enjoy. I'm definitely someone who gets thirsty during long car rides, plus it's just good to stay hydrated in general. I also think it's smart to pack snacks ahead of time for multiple reasons. Prices are normally steeper at gas stations, especially if you're on a stretch of road that doesn't have many options. Packing your own snacks will probably also be healthier than anything you may find along the highway stops (AKA fast food restaurants) and finally it will also save you a bit of time as you won't have to make a stop in the first place if you've got something to satisfy your hunger. 


If you're headed somewhere with some beautiful scenery, or if the journey itself is a site to see, why not bring your camera and snap some photos of it? Some road trip maps have fun pitstops that can make for fun Instagram photos or places that you want to remember. If you don't have a camera, at least make sure you have some room for photos on your phone! (Isn't it the worst when you get that message that says you have no storage left?) 

Toiletries / First Aid

When you're in a car for hours on end, something is bound to go wrong. Whether it's that your deodorant has worn off, your nose is running, or your eyes are getting dry, you always want to be prepared just in case you or someone else faces one of these issues. Trust me, you don't want to be stuck in a car when someone's body odor is getting stronger by the second. Pack a small bag with some deodorant, eye drops, tissues, bandaids, face wipes, lotion, chapstick, nail clippers (hang nails on car rides are my worst enemy), and anything else you deem necessary!

Blanket & Pillow

I'm a hoarder of blankets, so we all know that I bring one on all my road trips. If you're not driving (because driving with a blanket is quite dangerous) keep a blanket near you in the car just in case someone turns up the AC and you're feeling chilly. My friends and I are also a fan of taking naps in the car if we started our drive in the early morning, so a pillow is also a must! If you know you won't be napping and for some reason don't like the idea of bringing a blanket with you, at least bring a jacket if the temperature in the car gets too cold for your liking and no one else in the car feels the same way as you. 

Emergency Kit

Always always always bring some emergency gear in the car with you!! You never know when something could go wrong. My emergency kit has water bottles, extra oil, jumper cables, and some tools. Although if I'm honest I don't know what to do with most of them, however someone in your car might. Or if someone comes to help me along they might need those supplies. Always be prepared!

What are your road trip must-haves? 


  1. You included everything I love on road trips! A good playlist and plenty of snacks are so important.

  2. Packing has always been an issue of mine. I remember in my earlier travel days I would lug these big suitcases around and it was a nightmare. OMG! Only in recent times have I learned how to travel light on road trips. Thanks for the extra tips!

  3. Spot on advice. I love that you included the emergency kit and blanket because you never know what can happen on the road. I definitely agree with snacks and headphones as well. You don't want to go crazy.

  4. An emergency kit is everything. But if you're like me and not super handy, having "Fix a Flat" spray is such a life saver.

  5. Excellent list! I admit, I'm really bad at road trips because I get motion sickness - I live in a big city where I don't need a car so the few times a year I make a long road trip I end up needing to pack some dramamine for the road.

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  6. I definitely pack all of those things for a road trip!

  7. No going to lie... your image of starbucks in the background is what made me Pin this tutorial! Now I'm missing 'red cup' season and can't wait for Fall!

  8. I think the thing I always need the most but never fail to forget is a blanket! Definitely agree on earbuds though, and I need a new pair! These are beautiful, as far as headphones go!

  9. Great tips! Good snacks are always important to me on road trips!

  10. For sure snacks and phone charger! This makes me go on one so bad!

  11. Those are so neat! Love how sleek they are.

  12. I totally agree with this list!!! Nothing else I would add :)

  13. I agree 100% with this list!!! such a fun post.

  14. I love road trips! This is such a perfect list to pack for them!

    The Blush Blonde

  15. Eye drops and allergy medicine are a must for me when I travel. Dry eyes when driving are the worst!

  16. I'll be going on a short road trip in a couple weeks so these are great tips!!

    xoxo A

  17. Absolutely! One thing I always forget about is the first aid stuff.

  18. Love your list! I definitely got used to long road trips after being in band for so long haha - every fall we had 5-6 6+ hours long bus rides! Snacks, headphones, chargers, and a good pillow are all musts!

  19. These are all absolute essentials! I just went on a family road trip last week and I definitely needed all these things!

  20. Snacks and a great playlist are my road trip essentials! It's imperative!

  21. Thanks for this great list, it's super helpful as I pack for a trip away this weekend xx

  22. Snacks, chargers, and an AUX cord are a MUST for me and road trips! Especially the snacks hahaha.

    Kayla |

  23. Snacks are a must for me! I drive from NY to FL every year for Thanksgiving and it's the longest drive ever. If I didn't have snacks I'd probably go crazy.

  24. Headphones and snacks are a must for me when traveling!! Such a great list!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink


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