Road Trippin' Part I

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Road Trippin! It can be fun, it can be boring, it can be breathtaking, it can be LOOOONNGG. I have made my way back and forth across the country and experienced all of the above. Yet I still jump into the car at any opportunity for some cross country adventures. The first time I drove across country from California to PA and took a slow southern route visiting friends and family along the way. It gave me a taste for the west coast and shortly after I ended up moving there! Meaning I had to get in the car again this time from PA to CA and we took the most direct route straight across the county... not so fun that time around.

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I am going to create another post with great stops along the way whether you take the northern or southern routes and my recommendations. For now here are my tips for planning a road trip and essentials to survive on the road! 

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The road can be rough and with only truck stop gas stations and fast food/diners in between it can really mess with your digestion. 

A Healthy Road Trip

My friend just told me there is a cooler that can plug into your car! I always bring a cooler of some sort or cooler bag where I can keep food for the road. Having snacks and juice in your car keeps you satisfied between stops and gives you time to hold out for a better food option if it's on your path. I also sometimes keep leftovers in the cooler...car hack: Heat them up on your dashboard where the sun is beating down. LOL..but seriously it kind of works... 

The ESSENTIALS: 

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby wipes-multi purpose! 
  • Paper towels 
  • Water out the wazoo 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Sunscreen-this is one of the more toxic things you can slather all over your body, make sure you have a safe brand before you get somewhere remote where they have bad options. 
  • Road Atlas-having a physical map to track your progress can be entertaining. 

Healthy, Hydrating Snacks:

  • Grapes 
  • Walnuts
  • Cherries 
  • Blueberries 
  • Carrot Sticks 
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Sugar Snap Peas 
  • Avocados 
  • Cut up melons (with rinds) 
  • Oranges / Clementines 
  • Apples
  • Bananas 
  • JUICE (cold pressed)-although you may be stopping for the BR more this is the best way to efficiently get nutrition in along the road! 

Roadie Snacks 

  • JalpeΓ±o Cheese Puffs (my #1 guilty pleasure not healthy, but fun and non-gmo/rbgh free) 
  • Granola
  • Rickaroons
  • Sprouted Hummus or Garlic Dip (In San Diego I got this every week from my homie at the Farmer's Market..it's addictive) 
  • Seaweed Chips
  • Kale Chips
  • Coconut Water 
  • Hard Boiled Eggs 
  • Almond Butter
  • Chia Packs-YASS so many chia snacks that will keep you full of omega 3s! 

What to wear? 

COMFORT is #1 , across the US I obviously like to go all out Americana in boots, jean shorts and T-shirts. Your road trip BFFs will be: 

  • layers-sweatshirts, flannels, jackets (western shirts) 
  • leggings-I live in leggings on the road
  • DENIM- shorts, shirts, pants-keep it Americana! 
  • Vintage Ts and Tanks that are worn in and comfortable 
  • BOOTS- i liked to be buckled up in my boots to protect my feet from questionable scenarios
    Keep it simple and casual. Save room in your bag in case you find a killer thrift store along the way! (My first road trip I found the most amazing vintage Versace jacket in San Diego worn in this post and it was my best find yet!) 

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How do you prepare for a road trip? Most of my Travel Tips translate over to a road trip. Essential oils are a must especially after a long day on the road. If you're camping under the stars be prepared and check out my festival camping checklist. Next up will be a little cross country action and some of my favorite places to stop along the way. 

Vine (RIP) was in its prime during my first road trip. As you can see I liked entertaining myself with the road atlas.