Packing: The Road Trip Edition

For the past 5 years, my partner-guy and I have not been the most helpful road-trippers. Car-less and license-less, we've become accustomed to being non-stop backseat nappers, aka, 'the luggage'. And we didn't mind too much, for a long time. Then, at some point, we decided to get a car (and he got a license), and we celebrated this milestone with a good old fashioned 'merican road trip. The plan was to go to Philly, Pittsburg, Detroit and Chicago, but we actually just ended up going to the first two cities (we had way too much fun with our pals in Philly). 

As you all know, I love packing for trips and I wanted to share my road trip essentials with all y'all. (I can say 'y'all' because I very recently hung out with people who can say 'y'all' without sounding like posers.) I packed lots of snacks (baby food included), stocked up on podcasts, and much more! Here's a sample of the loot, followed by a more detailed list for your own road trippin' reference.

Some of my travel goods, layed out very casually over my favourite wool blanket in the world! It was a pre-wedding gift from Alexis's dad.

Some of my travel goods, layed out very casually over my favourite wool blanket in the world! It was a pre-wedding gift from Alexis's dad.

ThE List


I picked up a new-to-me camera recently and shot a few rolls of film on this trip. I'll definitely be sharing those as soon as they're developed. It's a Pentax K-1000, which is an old SLR with basic functions that's apparently great to learn photography on. I also brought a tablet for Netflix, and a little green iPod nano, which was jam-packed with podcasts. Here's some of the stuff on the iPod:

  • Call Chelsey Peretti
  • Employee of the Month
  • Making It With Riki Lindhome
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • Professor Blastoff
  • Put Your Hands Together
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You
  • The Dinner Party Download
  • The Nerdist
  • Totally Laime
  • You Made It Weird

I know that pretty much everybody is obsessed with podcasts these days, but I just thought I'd reiterate their importance just in case. Podcasts are usually free and you can get them on iTunes and there are literally tens of thousands of them. They're a great way to enrich your life with pretty minimal effort. If you're headed out on a road trip yourself, having a few podcasts available is an easy way to pass the time. And we all know we can't sing "I Kissed A Girl" more than a few times in a row before our throats kinda hurt and we run out of steam. So chill out, put on You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, and enjoy listening to some candid 2-ish hour convos between a guy and some famous people.


  • Water Jar (REFILLS ARE FREE!)
  • Lemon Juice (To make rest-stop tap water not taste so bad)
  • Grapefruit Bitters (^)
  • Travel Mug (aka the Coffee Egg)


Yes, I spent $100 on snacks for this trip, but ultimately (hopefully) this will save me from eating Snickers for 2 weeks, so be it.

  • L'Arabars: Got myself a case of coconut cream. These are the best bars cause there are only like 4 ingredients. No nonsense.
  • Baby Food: Ya, ya, you're skeptical. But these are basically tiny little smoothies that last forever and don't need to be refrigerated. I love all the ones that involve apples, cinnamon & sweet potatoes. Also, these are good for you, but not the environment. So what I'm saying is, don't go on the baby food diet.
  • Strawberry Pocky: My all-time favourite snack! 
  • Pro-tip: pack the trail mix, but leave the chocolate covered almonds behind. Those suckers will melt within an hour of your road trip and only be a huge disappointment. 


I splurged on Pink Grapefruit Burt's Bees wipes. I'm a sucker for pink stuff. And obviously, I can't forget the hankies. Spoiled Rotten loooooves the hanks. If you're wondering, the leopard and purple triangles pictured above are perfectly folded hankies. There are like fifteen more of these permanently in our car. Also, I'm not big into hand sani but I love Dr. Bronner's Hand Sanitizer Spray. For those tricky, mysterious moments, where you're just not sure. You know?

Miscellaneous Stuff

  • Tinted Sunscreen is my new obsession except when I sweat and it rolls into my eyes and I'm blinded for hours.
  • Love my pink Sun-G's. Totally part of my new blonde thing.
  • Palm Tree Purse: new thrift purchase/summer vacay essential
  • Passport: This is just a prop passport I got for this photoshoot
  • Stripey blanky in the background was an early wedding gift from my future padre-in-law. Great for cozy camping nights, picnics, & more.

My personal health goal for this vacay was to do exercise every day, whether it was a jog or just two minutes of yoga. I didn't quite follow-through with this completely, but I did go to an awesome yoga class in Philly and went for a few jogs. I have to say that travel can be overwhelming - even if you don't care about getting exercise, getting a few minutes to yourself in the middle of a trip is great for the mind. 

Another goal was to not go on my phone until at least noon every day. I wanted to avoid getting wrapped up in an Instagram hole every morning, because vacation time is precious. And this totally worked, and I never missed any important texts. Instead of waking up in a blur and using to ease my way into consciousness, I just sat there, or read. And it was nice. I'm going to try to keep this up for a while. Maybe a summer iPhone challenge? Who's interested?

Anyway here are a few iPhone shots from our trip. Philly, Pittsburg, and a few places in between. Enjoy the selfies. I promise that much better photos will be coming your way once I get my film developed.

I'm so grateful for this little road trip. I've been busting my butt with moving, opening an online store, sewing & wedding planning. The break was definitely needed, and now I feel refreshed and motivated to get some shit done this summer! Oh, I think I forgot to put InTouch, US Weekly, and People mag on my list. You can never forget the gossip rags.

Safe travels!