Who doesn’t love a good weekend, summer road trip (yes, there is a difference between weekend getaway and road trip)? It’s been a long work week and you have the perfect opportunity for a quick, weekend getaway, so why not hop in the car and escape? We say go for it! But, while that excitement can be thrilling, it can also be rather stressful when you’re trying to pack on a whim. Today we’ve got some packing tips that will help you out the next time you decide to hit the road.
Pack/Wear Comfortable Clothes
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Depending on where exactly you’re headed, if you’re going to be on the road for an extended period of time, you’ll find your trip much more enjoyable if you’re comfortable. There’s nothing worse than being confined to a small space when discomfort settles in. On the day of your actual trip, wear light layers, keep your hair out of your face, and wear bottoms that allow you freedom of movement. You want to find the most comfortable seating position, after all. Also, be sure to pack a similar outfit for the trip home. If you’re cramped for packing space, simply wear the same bottoms on the return trip.
A Weekend Bag
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Continuing along on this same thought, there’s really no point to bringing a huge luggage along for a quick weekend trip. It’s just heavy, inconvenient, and space consuming. A nice, weekend bag, or even a stylish backpack should do the job just fine. Remember, if you’re traveling with other people, nobody will be very impressed if your giant bag is the reason everybody else is cramped for space.
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In that same vein, try to be as versatile with your clothing options as possible. If you’re only going to be using a weekend bag or a backpack, you’re going to have to get minimalistic. Bring the clothing pieces that you truly love, and don’t simply pack something because you might wear it. Your best bet if you want to give yourself more options is to pack pieces that can be mix and matched. This way, even though you might only have two options for the day, at least you won’t feel as stuck as you would if you only had one.
When it comes to a road trip, you want to keep your shoes fairly simple. You’ll likely make various stops along the way, explore different locations, and do a lot of walking. This makes finding a pair of shoes that are comfortable, can easily be slipped on and off, and match with various outfits extremely important. We love our Not Rated Rae Sneaker for this purpose. They have the support and comfort that you’ll want for any walking that you do while on your trip, but can also be easily slipped on and off throughout your adventure. Essentially, these babies check all the boxes.
Don’t Forget Your Shades
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If you’re the driver on your road trip, this should go without saying, but it is essential to pack your sunglasses to ensure you have optimal vision while driving. In the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be facing sunshine that could obscure your vision. As a passenger as well, you probably don’t want to spend your time in the car squinting. Get yourself a pair of sunglasses that fit your head well, look great, and protect those eyes.
A Crossbody Bag
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Again, with a road trip, you’re going to want to keep your fashion choices relatively simple. No, this doesn’t have to mean boring, but it does mean you want to pack versatile, functional, fashionable pieces that make you feel great. One of those must-have items is definitely a crossbody bag. Crossbodies are convenient because you can throw them on over your shoulder without having to worry about slipping straps or discomfort. You’ll want to try and find one that is on the medium size, so that it’s big enough to fit all your essentials, but not too big that you’re trying to fit everything and anything that you could need. Remember, when you’re on a road trip, comfort definitely should be one of your priorities.
The bottom line when it comes to packing for a road trip is to keep everything as simple as possible. You don’t need to be running around the night before a trip trying to think of all the things you potentially might need. Instead, simply consider all the things you’re absolutely certain you’ll need. If it helps, place everything in your bag as you go. This way you’re giving yourself a predefined set of space, and they’ll be no chance of over packing.
Other road trip essentials to consider might include a water bottle, snacks, a book, a hydrating facial mist, an insulated travel mug, hand cream, lip balm, headphones, chargers, and of course, a road trip playlist. If you have all that and you remember that when it comes to road tripping, simple is always better, we know you’ll be well off to enjoying your spontaneous summer road trip!
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