Summer Road Trip Essentials

Over the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to travel more than I have in my entire life. It’s hard for me to believe. I’ve been to New York City multiple times, Atlanta, Detroit, and Chicago – each experience has been better than the last. While I’ve honestly had a blast on each and every one of these trips, they’ve all had a work aspect tied to them. This summer I’m really looking forward to an unforgettable summer trip. One of those trips where you throw all of your essentials in a cute bag, toss them in the car, and head wherever the road takes you. Even a good old-fashioned camping trip would be a blast. It’s been so long since I’ve spent the night in the great outdoors. Campfire blazing, no Internet, s’mores, and maybe a big batch of sangria.

Today I thought it would be fun to share some of my summer road trip essentials. While this list clearly doesn’t include all of the necessary items, it certainly covers a lot of my favorites.


Scout Sixteen x Ernest Alexander Bag – A bag is important for packing a supply of clothes. The fact that this one is amazingly handsome and well-made is an awesome bonus.

Jasper Sunglasses – Shades for days! I’m a huge fan of Warby Parker. These sunglasses are perfection.

Cracker Barrel Cheese – Yes, cheese is an essential item when I’m going anywhere. You know my love for Cracker Barrel Cheese runs deep. Their Cracker Cuts and Cheese Bars are the perfect full-flavor snack when you are on the go. You do know their cheese is award-winning, right? The Extra Sharp is one of my favorite flavors! It’s perfect on a cracker or paired with an apple. You can also check out Cracker Barrel on BlogHer.

Americana Tank Top – I’ve become a huge fan of tank tops this year. I think it helps to release my inner hipster while keeping me cool at the same time.

Wine – Pinot Noir from New Zealand is my hands-down favorite wine for summer. The Crossings’ Pinot Noir is perfect for any occasion, including a summer road trip. Of course, not before or while driving. Drink responsibly, people!

Technology – While a break from technology is important, having my iPad or iPhone nearby is crucial. Not only has such a device become my go-to camera, but it also plays music, stores my books, and provides directions should I somehow manage to get lost. (Which happens from time to time.)

Powergen – These days, I don’t leave the house without my Powergen. It’s a portable unit that charges the previously mentioned electronic devices when an outlet isn’t handy. It’s a lifesaver!

Sperry Top-Sider Canvas Boat Shoes – I used to live in flip flops. This summer I live in boat shoes. These are one of my favorite pairs.

Music – Last, but certainly not least, I would be lost without some good tunes playing in the background. Country music is a standard for the summer and for that I have the new album from Pistol Annies.

I’m also loving a new artist I just happened upon – Betty Who. Her sound is like 80s meets Today’s Hits! You can download her EP for free here.

And that’s it! My summer road trip essentials. What’s the one thing you can’t live without when you travel?

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  • capturing joy with kristen duke at

    Lovin those red boat shoes and also love the Pistol Annie’s! I’m excited to see you’ll be at Haven–missed you at SNAP. I’m also speaking, so hopefully we’ll get to say hello!

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