Holiday Road Trip Essentials: Preparing for a Stress Free Day on the Road

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Hi guys!

This is the last post in a series over the last week on essentials for traveling.

As I started writing my book that's coming out next year on how to road trip in style I really did my research. I decided to study my most stylish bohemian friends that live their lives traveling and somehow do it with that je ne sais quoi ease to figure out the kind of things real girls need for the perfect stylish road trips.

I set out and made a few of my wanderful friends the subjects of an in-depth anthropological study. I excavated the beauty products at the bottoms of their makeup bags. I deconstructed their closets to analyze their aesthetic. I watched them pack up art supplies, photo equipment, and musical instruments. And at the end, I discovered essentials for perfect travels.

I've shared what to pack, glamping essentials, desert necessities, the beauty must haves, and how to stay healthy while traveling. And now, this post is about the fun things when you'll be spending a day in the car! 

I'll be traveling from Nashville to New Orleans for the holidays, I do that drive a lot - and here's my necessities for stress free and enjoyable travel!

1. The Music

I feel like it's such a given but truly, it's the first thing I think about when preparing for a road trip. What's the soundtrack for the trip going to be? The playlist is so important to creating a memorable trip! If I'm traveling with Ben we typically chose something that's a bit more rock 'n' roll, when traveling with my girlfriends we go for melodic indie tracks and sing-a-long female anthems!

2. The Stops

One of my favorite things to do when planning for a long day on the road is to pre-determine a roadside stop or two. Maybe there's a little museum that could be fun to tour or a roadside nature attraction. Is there a farm or a place to see a garden? It doesn't have to be a lengthy stop, but getting out of the car to stretch your legs will rejuvenate you for the rest of the ride.

My friend Keiko and I traveled through Maine by car earlier this year. We stopped to pick strawberries which made for a lovely little treat once we finally arrived at our destination.

My friend Keiko and I traveled through Maine by car earlier this year. We stopped to pick strawberries which made for a lovely little treat once we finally arrived at our destination.

3. The Decor

I know this sounds kind of crazy...what decor, you ask, we're in a car?! But seriously, I find it's more fun to travel when you're surrounded by things that make you happy: a little charm hanging on the rearview mirror... flowers on the dashboard... it doesn't have to be complicated, just bring a few things that feel special along for the ride. 

On a trip through Montana with Ben and my friend Allister we hung dream catchers and beads on the rearview mirror and added little things we collected along the road. 

On a trip through Montana with Ben and my friend Allister we hung dream catchers and beads on the rearview mirror and added little things we collected along the road. 

Most importantly, for your travels to go smoothly from point A to B be sure your car is in tip top shape, get an oil change, check your tires and be sure to pack your car care kit. 

Here's the kit I never travel without:

Jumper cables

Tire patch kit

Flash lights and batteries

First aid kit

Gallons of water

Washer fluid

Trash bags

Hand sanitizer

Paper towels and wipes

Pennzoil Platinum® Full Synthetic motor oil with PurePlus™ Technology keeps your engine cleaner than any leading synthetic oil, which is super important to me to extend the life of my car that's on the road so much. 

I'm partnering with Pennzoil to get my car ready for my holiday road trip. If you live in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee you can now get Pennzoil at your local Walmart Automotive Care Center, along with the rest of the country. Through the holidays they're offering that rollback to $44.88 on the oil change, so save a little extra money for fun travel things or holiday gifts!

Have so much fun traveling over the holidays you guys! I hope this series has been so helpful in getting you ready for the roads!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi