Springtime is here (I swear, it is. Just ignore the subzero weather if you’re here in the Northeast) and that means it’s time to spend a little more time outside and a little less time with Netflix. Something about nice weather really inspires me to get out and travel a little bit more…after coming back from Portland and Las Vegas, that desire has only gotten stronger!
My closest friends both moved far from our hometown, so whenever we make plans to get together we try and plan something fun because why not. Our senior year in high school we hopped a plane and spent a week out in California Wine Country and that sort of set the tone for trips over the subsequent years.
This year, I’m proposing that we take a long road trip somewhere. I don’t actually know where yet (any suggestions are totally welcome) but from previous experience I know that it’s better to just commit to a place and go before you give yourself time to change your mind!
To help out any of you awesome people who have trips planned, I’ve put together the ultimate list of necessities that you can’t leave home without when going on any trip…aside from the ever-obvious phone charger, of course!
1. Travel Apps
Apps can save your life. I’m a firm believer in this, after navigating an odd city solely with the help of Google Maps! Besides that, I’d definitely recommend checking out Air BnB if you’re planning on staying somewhere and are on a really tight budget. I stayed with a wonderful host in Portland and the experience makes me look forward to taking advantage of those savings in the future. I wrote more about that experience here if you have any questions!
Other necessary Apps include:
Waze: TRAFFIC BLOWS. Use this cute little user-driven app to find accidents before you’re stuck in them, and alternate routes for when you wait a little too long and get stuck in traffic.
Uber: Your own personal car service on the cheap-cheap. What more could you want?
Afterlight: I edit all of my Insta pictures with this bad boy and lemme tell ya, travel photos get the most likes on social media …. I mean, if you care about that sort of thing.
Venmo: So if you’re traveling with a bunch of people, or you’re at least eating out with a group of friends, paying the bill can be a pain in the ass if you’re not carrying cash. I’m the worst because I’m always that girl who doesn’t have cash on her to pay for taxis and whatever, but Venmo is the solution to all of those problems! Venmo allows you to transfer money right from your bank account to another friend (who’s signed up with Venmo) which is perfect for paying people back when you suck and forget tip money for the server.
Tripcase: If you’re flying from destination to destination, consider downloading one app to keep track of your itineraries and tickets instead of downloading one app for each airline you’re taking. Tripcase is constantly updated with flight information too, just in case your plane is running a little late!
2. Playlists! Throwbacks + Current
Music is actually so key to having a good road trip…after all, it’s arguably the only form of entertainment that you have while driving for hours on end aside from your friends! Mix it up and make a throwback list of all the songs that held meaning for you and your group growing up or while getting to know each other…You’d be surprised by all the memories that certain songs hold!
Spotify makes it really easy to build and share playlists with your friends, and the best part? The basic version is free, the premium version has a student discount!
I don’t go anywhere without snacks, including the car. Seriously, I am guaranteed to have some type of food on me at all times ranging from a piece of fruit to a granola bar. Great portable car snacks include the obvious chips and candy but get a little creative and throw in some pita chips/ hummus, granola, trail mix, popcorn…the list is endless.
4. Beauty Essentials
I have a travel beauty essential list and I definitely just adapt that bad boy to fit whatever trip I’m taking. When it comes to a road trip though, SPF is SO ESSENTIAL. The sun gets stronger when it’s reflected off the road, the hood of your car, and through windows increasing your chances of a burn practically tenfold. Put. On. SPF. and don’t forget about your lips! Find a chapstick that has protection built-in for ease of use.
5. Coordinated Clothing: Mix + Match
I’m really minimal when it comes to my travel wardrobe just because I HATE hauling around a huge piece of luggage. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, lay out your outfits while your packing and stick with pieces that can mix & match with one another. A good key to keep in mind is the color palette you’re working with. Clothing that is all easily coordinated cuts back on the amount of pieces you need to jam into your bag.
What are your key travel tips?
Going anywhere exciting this summer?