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.
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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