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Road Trip Essentials

 Hi friends, if you follow me on other social media platforms (twitterInstagram, bloglovin', pinterest hit me upppp) you might know that I went on a road trip to Boston to visit my sister, who just graduated from Optometry school- YIPEE! My parents and I drove down together with me and my dad splitting the driving, that’s 9 hours of sitting on my butt. A few hours into driving you wonder whether or not you’ll ever get there, that the road looks all the same and that after passing the thousandth rest stop, you want to rip your eyes out.

Anyways, if you’re lucky enough to travel somewhere but have to drive there, here are some tips that I’ve amassed over the years to make the best of it

Leave home early
So I’m an early bird, but I feel as if this would be logical. Literally just get up, roll out of bed, have a quick breakfast and LEGGO. You’ll eat in the car, you can do your makeup in the car, there’s no reason to really herp derp around at home. Prepare everything the night before, including all of your food and try to pack up the car the night before if you can. I’ve done road trips where I’ve left later in the day, resulting in me getting home around midnight and it’s the worst. You’re so tired, you just want to sleep, but you still need to shower and eat dinner. If you have to get up early the next day for work or school then it really throws you off as you have that packed suitcase staring at you from the corner of your room. There’s also something quite nice about getting up before everyone else and having the sunrise slowly while you’re in the car. Try to be the passenger right when you start your trip... that way you can continue napping while someone starts the driving. #protip 

Food and Drinks
There are probably so many people who will tell you to bring apples and bananas to munch on, butttttt to be honest with you, I’m not that kind of a person. In general, I’m not much of a snacker so I’m ok without bringing snacks, I would rather just make a sandwich and pop it in the cooler and eat as needed. I would recommend making some coffee in the morning and bringing it with you in a thermos, that way you don’t have to keep stopping off to buy coffee for everyone. However, if you’re like me and enjoy iced coffee, there’s no problem stopping off to get some either. Just be careful though, because you might be put in a situation where you have to pee really badly but can’t because the next stop off station isn’t for at least another 40 minutes. Can or cannot be confirmed that I pulled over to the side of the road to pee in the bushes. #junglewoman

Wear comfy clothes
Leggings, running shoes, and lots of layers, those are my pieces of choice. If you leave early in the morning, (depending on the season) it’ll be slightly chilly and then as the hours pass by and the weather changes you might find it getting really hot... especially if you're sitting in direct sunlight. 

Books and Movies
Download some movies or Youtube videos to your phone or laptop and catch up on some shows during your ride. Once you run out of batteries (it’s bound to happen) crack open the books!

Now, I give you this advice and yet I’m not sure if I should be as every time that I go on a roadtrip and bring any reading items, they sit in my lap for 90% of the time, but I’m staring out the window or sleeping. None the less, if you can focus on reading/homework while in the car, this is a great option.

Travel Sized Beauty Products
This saved my life! I quickly did my makeup in the car, and seeing as my skin felt really dry and parched, I was able to put my moisturizer on my skin a few times, or I did a few spritzes of my Pixi refresher spray which felt really nice and refreshing.

A Dope Playlist
So yet again, I’m not sure if I should be the one to give you recommendations seeing as my car doesn’t have an AUX cord so it was just the radio. Should you be in the same position as me, I’d recommend looking up good radio stations along your route as every few hours you’ll have to change the station. If you’re one of those blessed souls (haha) that has a car that’s up to date, you can also look into podcasts to listen to. Although podcasts are something that I keep meaning to listen to, I keep procrastinating with updating my list. I do really enjoy Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential while Anna from the Anna Edit (one of the influences of my blog name) and Lily Pebbles recently created a podcast called At Home with Lily and Anna where they interview beauty gurus in their own home.

These are some of the things that I find make the trip more bearable. What are some of your tips that you’ve picked up throughout the years? 

Thanks for reading!
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