A list of tools and resources to get you to your happy place and to your home - things that make traveling a bit more enjoyable.Read More
Over the years and through many a trial and error, we’ve found a number of resources to help us stay sane through the process of travel - and they all fit in your back pocket. We’re sharing seven apps guaranteed to keep your spirits merry and bright this holiday travel season.Read More
Traveling is an adventure, of course, but it should also be a time to give back to the community in which you’re visiting. We’ve got tips and resources from Traverse Journeys to support upping your ethical travel game.Read More
This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DotComDIY #CollectiveBias
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!
You'll Also Like
I'm finishing packing up for a weekend down at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I've been to this festival many times, some of my favorite memories of times with friends have happened at this fest. I'm doing this year a little differently, however. I'll be staying at a beautifulllll b'n'b about 30 miles away, and taking notes on things to do for the female adventurer too. (Come back for that post, and follow along on my IG stories to get an inside look at our b'n'b starting tomorrow!)
I've always loved festivals on the beach and to be honest, I JUST checked the line up and am kinda wayyyyy excited: Phoenix, Band of Horses, MGMT and Mutemath are topping my list. It's my first beach weekend of the year, and as a girl that's always happiest by the water it feels like it's the perfect kick off to the summer.
I took a last minute road trip this past weekend to Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta (and wow, it was a good one! Two weekends in a row of Phoenix, my faveeee, and omg I'm a happy camper.) One of the things I love most about a good road trip is the excitement of jumping in the car and just, well - going for it.
I'm truly thinking through my festival packing list this go round since it's a three day deal. I'll be meeting up with a group of travel & style bloggers in partnership with Subway (yummy salads and "green room" accommodations at the fest, yes please!), and there's two things I'm thinking about as I get my trunk loaded up:
1. Festivals give us the perfect opportunity to rock out our most adventurous bohemian summer fashions (I mean, c'mon whether we like it or not Coachella seems to be the new Fashion Week).
2. I don't want to look like a "fest girl wannabe." At all. And you shouldn't either. Be your best you, and maybe funk it up a bit and you'll have the best time.
So here's what I'm packing and a little of the prep I'm doing before road tripping to the beach tomorrow.
So there we have it loves. I'll catch you guys at the top of the ferris wheel and I hope you guys will follow along this weekend on insta. I'll definitely be sharing a post festival recap. Share your thoughts on my packing list in the comments. Anything I'm missing?! What's your festival style?
This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallforPennzoil #CollectiveBias
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.
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.
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:
Tire patch kit
Flash lights and batteries
First aid kit
Gallons of water
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!
This feature has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyPureRelief #CollectiveBias
Rise and shine you guys. I've been home from my most recent trip for about a week now and it's been a wild ride of a week to say the least. Traveling can take a serious toll on our bodies, and so can the general stresses of life (helllloooo, election anxiety). As I shared with you guys earlier this week - on my most recent trip to Paris I vowed to never stray from my wellness routine again.
Before I took off for Paris I chatted with a few of my makeup artist friends. Knowing that I'd be spending 8+ hours on a plane, and then fighting the jet lag with lots of coffee and forced early wake up times to get adjusted I wanted some ideas about how to look fresh and rested even after that dreaded overnight read eye flight.
And as importantly: I wanted to know - what should I do while on the plane to ensure I'm not a tired looking mess once I arrive at my destination! With so many of us going on long distance trips for the holidays, I hope this helps you prepare to be your most beautiful self after even the longest of trips.
Here's my list of recommendations gathered from my favorite makeup gurus, and the checklist of products I swear by too. This list honestly applies even if you aren't traveling and just aren't quite getting enough of your nightly beauty rest.
On the Plane
Once you've boarded be sure to sanitize all the things you might be touching for the next hours: the TV screen in your seat, your window and seat arm rests, it's all carrying germs. Wiping it all down will keep you from getting sick after the flight or introducing bacteria into your skin and eyes. Next: clean your face. A basic skin care wipe will do the trick. Definitely don't travel with a full face of makeup - allow your skin to breathe.
Apply a full face moisturizer, mine is oil based to protect from the harsh cabin air, and then add an eye cream as well. If you plan to sleep on the plane sleep with moisturizing eye pads and an eye mask (you can do this at home too) to eliminate puffiness and dark circles. For continued hydration carry a misting spray in a TSA-approved bottle and mist throughout the flight. Drink lots of water in the air too, it's critical to keeping your skin fresh!
I like to use a preservative free eye drop as soon as I wake up, at home and on flights too. (Preservatives are added into eye drops to make sure no bacteria grow inside the bottle. The problem is preservatives don’t help with dryness and redness, and in my case I'm sensitive to them).
It's formulated with Sodium Hyalouronate, a form of Hyaluronic Acid that's found in lots of natural moisturizers for 12 hours of soothing comfort. There's a built-in purifying filter that keeps out bacteria in this particular version.
Once you've arrived at your destination here's a few tips to look awake after a long haul flight.
For your skin:
Facial massage. Apply your favorite essential oil to your pressure points, temples, then forehead and cheeks and give yourself a little massage to invigorate your skin. You can also use a brush and work it in a sweeping motion from forehead down to your decollate. Tired skin looks exceptionally dull so after the massage use an illuminating cream to add a little extra fresh faced glow.
For your eyes:
Keep the eye makeup to a minimum. It feels normal to want to cover up with a smoky eye, however dark circles are only accentuated by adding extra makeup. Choose nude tones and a lash lengthening mascara to open up tired eyes.
For your lips:
Choose a shade that's just a little bit deeper than your natural lip color. Dark colors can age us and aren't especially flattering when we're tired. Your natural coloring accentuated is what you want to go for here. A clear gloss is always a nice touch to add a plumpness too.
Product Checklist for long haul flights:
Antibacterial Gel or Wipes
Facial Cleansing Wipe
Moisturizing Eye Mask
Eye Mask for Sleeping
Facial Brush and Oil for Massage
Brightening Products or Illuminator
Rosy-Hued Lip and Cheek Color
I stock up on my long haul flight supplies at Target.
I hope this series of packing lists and checklists gets you all holiday travel ready! I've got one more coming on how to best prepare for long days on the road!