I’m so excited that my holidays have begun! Kyle and I are headed on a road trip to the west coast as we speak. We are starting our vacation in Fernie for my girlfriend’s weddings (stay tuned on Instagram for pictures of our super glam bridesmaid dresses). Our next stop after that will be Kelowna. I’m anxious to take Kyle there as he has never been and I spent so much time there growing up at my grandparents house. It is such a beautiful city filled pretty beaches and a ton of tasty wineries…what more could you ask for?! Lastly, we will make our way to Vancouver to visit one of my girlfriends on her birthday. Kyle and I are also running the Seawheeze half marathon (eeeek) while we are there! I grew up in a household of marathoners so hopefully my family running genes kick in.
But like any vacation, kicking it off would not be complete without a list of essentials. Besides dressing comfortably, I believe there are essentials one can have in their vehicle with them to make the travel not only more comfortable but also more enjoyable. These are my top 6 road trip must haves:
- Great Company: If you are doing a long drive, being by yourself can be extremely boring and somewhat dangerous if you aren’t stopping to take many breaks. I think it’s important to have a driving buddy who you can not only have a great conversation but also someone who can switch off with driving when you’ve had enough.
- Snacks: A fully stocked cooler of healthy snacks and water is essential. This way you aren’t filling up on pit stop junk food and it cuts stop times in half. Best of all, your healthy packed cooler will leave you feeling great during the drive!
- Pillows and Blankets: When you need a nap or the a/c gets too cool, bundling up is a must.
- Road Trip Playlist: As much as I’d love to say burn a cd packed with tunes for the road, I’m not exactly sure if I’d still be capable of doing that/not sure technology would be either (did I just date myself….oops.) But be sure to make a playlist on your phone which you can flip through throughout the hours of driving. There’s nothing quite like some great sing along songs to make the hours fly by.
- A Large Tote: Just like you would when flying, a large tote you have easy access to during your travels is a must! Pack it filled with magazines, books, hand sanitizer, a wallet, sunglasses, a backup phone charger, lip chap and so on. It’s the worst when you are driving and need something from your suitcase which is out of reach. Having a tote filled with all of the basic necessities will help you avoid that dilemma.
What is on your list of road trip must haves?
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