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You know how you can just feel the fall coming? Even when it's still warm, and you're sure summer will never leave you... and then slowly, those blue-sky early-September days give just a hint of what's to come. There's a subtle breeze and all of a sudden it's time to get outside and feel that autumn euphoria. Of course, around here the only way to celebrate the change of season is with a road trip! Windows down drives to find a place where the mountain air gives you that little shiver of excitement for cooler weather.
This list is all the necessities to build your own road trip car care kit (right in time for those steep mountain drives and hilly terrains you'll experience on those upcoming fall travels!) Plus, as a girl who travels with her touring musician partner often, I've got a special concert giveaway at the close of the post! (hint, hint, my favorite music video ever is November Rain... can you guess what the giveaway is?!)
Read on for more, and at the close of the post learn all about why Pennzoil is my oil of choice.
Road Trip Car Care Checklist
- Paper Maps
- Motor Oil
- Jumper Cables
- Tire Patch Kit
- Water Jug
- First Aid Kit
- Work Gloves
- Bungee Cords & Zip Ties
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Rain Poncho
- Alcohol Wipes
- Utility Knife
The fabulous thing about this list, truly truly, you guys - is that it's all available for online ordering. We get our cars serviced at our local Walmart, and they've made serious improvements in their online shopping experience lately. Pickup options now include (1) delivery, (2) in-store pickup and (3) curbside pickup. I, for one, NEVER ever want to go brave the checkout line, so ordering online is my go-to. On those days I realize I forgot that one thing that I just can't travel without I chose the curb-side assistance. You just provide your name and the time you'll be there to pick it up, and a Walmart employee will bring your items to you. 🙌🏽
Keep reading to learn about my oil of choice and then find the details on that contest I mentioned above (have you guessed what it is yet?!)
More about Pennzoil:
Pennzoil High Mileage – This is what we choose for Ben's SUV, it's for vehicles with 75K+ miles (and we put tons of miles on that car). We also buy the Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic High Mileage for my car (it's just approaching the 75k mark. This product includes a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into pure synthetic base oil. Combining it with high performance additives means it's proven to deliver less oil burn off than conventional motor oils made from crude oil (and that's important to me!). It keeps pistons up to 20% cleaner than the toughest industry standards to help keep the engines running clean and performing strong. These oils are made with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.
Okay! Now about that contest!
You'll also receive $10 Ticketmaster Ticket Cash with the purchase any 2 qualifying Pennzoil Motor oil (in-store or online) by uploading your receipt.
I can't wait to see where you all are traveling this fall, be sure to keep tagging me when you're sharing on insta! #AWanderfulLife! And keep following along, I've got lots of fun adventures to share with you guys this fall!
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I wrote a post the other day about beauty habits I've acquired from gorgeous ladies I've met out on my travels. Spending the majority of 2016 out in the world either road tripping or jetting off to far away places really gave me an opportunity to learn some new ways. On my travels I was researching style and beauty tricks to feature in my coming book and so I made it my mission to comb through the beauty bags of the girls who seem to have that enviable ability to look like a star no matter where they are. Whether it's hiking in a national forest or dancing all night under the glow of city lights they're the types that just, well, have it.
As a bohemian at heart, I like to keep things sunny and simple. Glowing skin, warm and nostalgic aromas, those are the things that make me feel beautiful.
As I was packing for a recent trip, one that would be fairly lengthy, I considered my beauty bag, as I do just about anytime I'm taking off for a new adventure. It occurred to me: in regards to products, much of what I consider to be necessities are pretty spectacular, budget friendly finds. (Oui!) And! The habits that I've acquired, are often things that are uncomplicated routine additions that anyone can do without spending a fortune.
For me, since I'm traveling so much, there's always a chance I could accidentally leave a product behind in a hotel. The optimist in me says surely that would never happen! but last month I accidentally left my smoothie cup at a hotel, not a big deal I suppose, but I often travel with a cooler of fruits and veggies so I can make smoothies wherever I go. I do it because it's so much cheaper than buying a $9 smoothie at a juice shop every morning. So leaving that cup behind was a bummer for my wallet. There's also the chance I could have to discard a few things to keep my bag under the weight limit (especially on my way home if I've picked up extra trinkets for gifts) and so knowing all of that I don't want my beauty bag teeming with high price items.
This rundown includes 3 beauty habits and/or products I'm living by and even better, habits that are budget friendly!
1. Artful Aromas
The artful combinations of scents inspired by nature are designed to transport you to the south of France. The mandarin & sweet almond oil are enough to have me skip my usual go to essential oil application. The hand cream never leaves my bag and sometimes a signature aroma is all a girl really needs to feel her best.
2. The Eyes Have It
They say the eyes are the window to the soul right? So, for me, if I'm keeping my makeup simple I'll focus on my eyes, and specifically my lashes and my brows. In regards to brows: you may have heard of micro-blading or permanent brow makeup, and truly it's not something I've considered. However, I am, like so many of us, interested in having eyebrows that are standout without having to spend hours in a salon.
I've tried much of it: threading, waxing, pencils, however - as the trend moves toward fuller brows I've found Stencil Kits (win!) at the drugstore and Walmart too for a just a few dollars. You can pack them right down in your beauty bag and they work with shadow, gel or powder, just choose the color that suits your skin tone.
I also love a good eye mask for sleeping, eye gels for plane rides, preservative free eye drops and a thickening mascara to keep my lashes full. If there's nothing else makeup wise in my beauty bag, these things are my essentials.
3. Dry Brushing
When I was shopping for Le Petit Marseillais - located in the specialty bath & body aisle, where loofahs are sold, I came across a fantastic selection of dry brushing products. It got me thinking about a tip from a friend who's spent so many of her days jetting back and forth across the Atlantic. The thing she full on swears by: dry brushing. It's the first thing she does when she checks in to a hotel or when she arrives home. Why? Well one, it just feels good, two, it's incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine and three, it's so energizing too! I have a mini one I found in that same aisle that I use for my face. It's the first thing I do before mixing up my morning smoothie: brush, apply oil, and then by the time I finish my smoothie and check a few emails it's time to rinse the oil. Voila!
It was so much fun to put this post together in partnership with Les Petit Marseillais. If you're interested in incorporating a little bit of the south of France into your own life you can do it without having to jet across the ocean.
The carefully-curated collection includes an assortment of eight body/hand moisturizers, two liquid hand soaps, six body washes and a bar soap with prices ranging from $3.99 - $7.97.
- Le Petit Marseillais™ Mandarin & Lime Extra Gentle Shower Gel
- Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Body Milk Lotion
- Le Petit Marseillais™ Shea Butter, Sweet Almond & Argan Oil Nourishing Hand Cream
I'm so glad you girls are loving these travel meets beauty posts! I'll be back out in California at the end of this month and will certainly be taking notes from the Venice beach beauties while I'm there.
p.s. we're launching a new column over here this weekend: it'll be printable checklists, full of styling and beauty tips, packing lists, and more. I cannot wait to share that so come back by soon!
I'm excited to be a part of the #gaplove campaign! Being an early riser hasn't always been my thing, I so love sleeping in you guys. But on this particular morning it was so much fun to get up early, go catch the morning light with Ben to shoot photos for the campaign. Sometimes the early hours, while everyone else is still sleeping is somehow refreshing!
The outerwear pieces and cozy knitwear from Gap is perfect for this cold-one-day-not-so-much-the-next-day weather. I'm planning for another few days of travels after being back in New Orleans for the weekend - these goodies are perfect for the trip!
There's a few more of the things I'm loving from the collection below. What's in your travel bag right now you guys?
And p.s. see more over on the Gap insta!
Hi hi wanderlusters,
My last post on what I packed for 10 days in Paris was one that I created for a couple of reasons. First, as I was planning for my trip I truly had a bit of trouble finding a good list of things that would get me through 10 days in only a 10 kg carry-on. I needed a list for the type of girl I am: a free-spirited wanderer - someone who can spend weeks on the road or abroad and someone that wants to do that while traveling really light.
As I planned I found that there's lots of packing lists, however, as a girl that loves adventure and fashion equally the posts I found were of one variety or the other. It was either anoraks and boots for the rainy days and exploring places like the Catacombs or, on the other end the recommendations were high fashion - for a girl that might be traveling to Paris for Paris Fashion Week.
In my case I wasn't doing either, and the feedback from so many of you was that my list was super helpful to you. So, Yay!
This is for the Day Tripper
At your request I decided to create another packing post! This one is for those of you that head out with a friend for a day or two on a whim. You're the type that loves a quick trip to the mountains or a jaunt to a big city equally. So, here we go! Get the full report below.
Packing for a Day (or Two) Road Trip:
A few basic rules
1. Transitional Dressing
Be ahead of the game for swinging temperatures. When road tripping with friends you can go from "ughhh is the heat on full blast?" during long stretches in the car to "omg it's freezing in this cabin!" once you've arrived.
Choose clothing items that work no matter the season: slinky turtlenecks, basic jumpsuits, shirt dresses, denim boyfriend cut overalls, knee length shorts paired with opaque hose... you get the idea. The point is to limit the wardrobe going in your bag, to be comfortable in the car and to be prepared for a variety of temperatures and activities once you make it to your destination.
2. Maintain Your Health
When I returned from Paris this past week I got sick. And I am 100% kicking myself for it. At home I have a vitamin and juice ritual - I never miss a morning, however when traveling it's sometimes difficult to maintain my usual healthy lifestyle. For Paris I didn't consider that I'd be missing 10 days of my routine. My vitamins didn't make the trip and lots of cheese and chocolate replaced my normal juice regimen. No good!
On day trips my solution is an overnight vitamin kit and a new product from V8®. I particularly love the V8® Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens, it's an easy, affordable way to get my daily intake of veggies, antioxidants, vitamins A, C & E - there's a full serving of veggies in each 8 oz. glass. I pick up my regular vitamins at Walmart and got the V8® there too.
3. Document The Trip
For shorter trips it's easy to leave your camera and journal behind. I, on the other hand do the opposite! I so often find that these shorter trips make for the best time to take photos, to make notes of the things I saw and did, to pick little road side flowers to press in my favorite book and those are the things that later remind me of the experience.
So with that, here's the packing list!
For 2 nights, pack 2 outfits that can be mixed and matched. If you're unsure of what you're evening plans might be include items that can be dressed up or down. Black leggings, a simple oversized tunic, ballet flats or simple sneakers. If you're planning to do yoga or go hiking your sleeping t-shirt can double as your workout top.
Healthy Snacks & Drinks:
Water (bring a canteen to refill), Nuts, Dried Fruit, Protein Bars, V8® Veggie Blends. Avoid getting hangry with your travel partners or having to stop for fast food by ensuring you have all your healthy travel supplies when you leave.
A Credit Card or two. Remember to alert your bank if you're even crossing state lines.
Cash. I've had crazy things happen - fraud on the only card I brought while traveling abroad, for example - and you'll be glad to have the cash while the bank sorts out things should something go wrong. Plus, it's always helpful to have it when you're traveling with friends to be able to pay for little things without involving cards.
Your camera, camera charger, phone, phone charger, back up battery pack (good for car rides when several people are trying to plug into the 1 car charger), headphones (headphones are useful when you’re in the car and need a little solo time, get lost in a favorite album, book or a podcast).
Worth mentioning for those of you that might be day tripping to a show, concert or event.
More useful things to pack for a day on the road:
Umbrella/Rain Gear: Of course this depends on where you're traveling to, however, should a thunderstorm break out or if the sun is beating down you'll be glad you have it.
Paper Maps: I've mentioned this several times in past posts, GPS signals can be spotty and after enough experiences of being routed down dirt roads, I bring a map when I pack for a day trip.
Oversize Scarves & a Traveling Jacket: If you'll be outside or perhaps going to a theater or venue with a pumping A/C system it'll be totally worth having both. I have several Turkish scarves that I wear that also double as blankets or towels too.
So, voila! That's my list for day trip travels. Of course, if I missed anything I'd love to hear from you guys.
Thanks for reading you guys!
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*opening photo of me shot by Allister Ann day tripping through Montana
As you guys know I'm in the thick of the process of writing my next book. I've been out on the road just about nonstop over the course of the last year. I've been soaking in every little detail of the places I'm visiting.
The book is about road tripping in style: it will feature 9 road trips and the creative muses I'm meeting along the way. I love the girls that have the notion of gypsy traveling down to a science.
On my most recent travels while heading West I came across these super cute little Coca-Cola™ bottles. The bottles have song lyrics on them. The first one I spotted was "Always on my mind" (currently on my driving playlist! gotta drive to that Texas cowboy music you guys!) and then "I'm your biggest fan." Biggest Fan is quite possibly my favorite song from the current Grace Potter album and also on my playlist, of course!
For those of you that have been following along for a while, you know that Grace is my bf's boss. I've had the opportunity to be on the road with the band a bit and I just love that my favorite Grace song made the Coca-Cola bottle. Go girl.
I've been creating new playlists for each trip, I swear half these songs I've discovered being in some roadside dive with a great sound track. Gotta love Shazam for that. (Download it on your iPhone to get your Coca-Cola Share a Song if you don't already have it.)
So, while I'm not a big DIY'er, I definitely AM someone who likes to keep little treasures and memories from the road. I'm not a scrap book type either, BUT! the bottles gave me an idea. I decided to create a little from the road message-in-a-bottle to store the little keepsakes from my travels.
DIY at it's easiest.
Want to make your own? The instructions are simple!
Keep the little things from your travels - I've saved things as simple as my receipts into state parks, cards from my favorite shops, cute little writing pads from hotels, anything really - just things that will remind you of your time in a place. Make notes of your playlists, or maybe a favorite poem that reminds you of that place... I also love picking little flowers from the road side, or collecting little rocks or stones. (No taking things from the beaches obviously, be mindful of what you gather).
Once you get home pack everything from the trip down into the bottle and voila! A little time capsule - you can keep it for yourself or share it with a travel partner to remind them of the time together. Here's a finished one from my California trip - cute right?
I'd love to see your version of the from the road message-in-a-bottle. Share on instagram and be sure to tag me and #SongsToShare.
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