Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My Summer Road Trip Essentials


summer road trip essentials

With the weather unusually warm and sunny up here in Scotland, I've been making more of a conscious effort to actually get out of the house every single day. As someone who works from home, it's easy for a whole day to pass without me crossing the front door but every single day since the sun has started to make an appearance, I have made it my top priority to get out more. This is even more true when it comes to the weekends.

A lot of this was certainly spurred on by the brilliant CCW Blogger Road Trip (see blog post here) which took me out to The Trossachs, about an hour away from Glasgow. And it got me thinking about how easy it is to get out and about and that's what coincided with Fenetic Wellbeing's #FoldAndGo campaign, which I'll also be talking about briefly in today's post.

I'm still in the process of learning to drive but I'm in the really fortunate position that both of my parents do drive. This makes it a lot to easier to get the whole family together for a road trip. However, my Gran in particular, who probably loves a good road trip more than any of us, can struggle to get around unaided, that was until she got her folding wheelchair. It makes proper mobility possible again, whether it's to go to the seaside for a day out or simply down to the shops to get bread and milk, etc.

Fenetic Wellbeing's #FoldAndGo campaign is all about portability, saving space and being mobile with ease thanks to folding and electric wheelchairs. If anyone in your family struggles with mobility or walking great distances, this will no doubt be an everyday and holiday essential for them.

And since we've already made a few trips together, I thought that I would share what I've learned in terms of what's really an essential and what never gets used. Disposable picnic cutlery, I'm looking at you.

So here are my Summer road trip essentials;

Snacks, snacks and more snacks

Whether you're driving for a couple of hours or several days, snacks are key. If you're a little bit healthier than I am, protein bars, mixed nuts and dried food would be a good shout. We, on the other hand, tend to opt for a few share bags of sweets or crisps, ones that can be passed around the car easily, without taking up too much room or making a mess.

A decent sized bag

A decent sized bag, that you can pack everything into comfortably, is a must! I love this duffle bag from ban.do*! It's such a great size and instantly gets me excited for my next trip, wherever that may be. If, like me, you love ban.do but haven't been able to find their products here in the UK all that easily, Amara Living have many of their lifestyle and Summer holiday bits and bobs available on their site. I may or may not have my eye on one of their beach towels for my next trip abroad.

road trip toiletries

Your must have toiletries

And when I say this, I really do mean the essentials. I don't know about you but when I'm on a road trip or even when I'm on holiday, I certainly don't need my full beauty or makeup routine with me and 100% travel with the bare necessities.

Dry shampoo, a mini or travel hairbrush, antibacterial hand sanitiser, SPF, face wipes, body wipes and a travel toothbrush/mini toothpaste are all you really need to make sure that you're covered for every eventuality. Having Invisalign means that I'm never without my little travel toothbrush/toothpaste bag anyway, so it's easy for me to take that with me wherever I go.

If you're really making a conscious effort to go plastic free, as much as you can and to choose products that are ultimately better for the environment, be sure to check out Yes To's Coconut Cleansing Wipes.* They are paraben, SLS, phthalates and cruelty free, plus the coconut scent is divine!

Good music

You've got to have a road trip playlist or even just one for when you're out in the car. A good mix of music that everyone on the trip will enjoy is key. If your car enables you to connect your phone or pick your favourite Spotify playlist definitely take advantage of that, if not, go old school and make an actual road trip CD.

Offline maps

Going off the grid or exploring more of the great outdoors or even just somewhere a bit different to where you live, means venturing into the unknown. A lot of the time, particularly if you're heading into the countryside or a natural park, it means spotty reception at best and often none at all. By using offline maps you can continue to use the maps and your GPS without being connected to WiFi or mobile data. It really is such a game changer.

A portable charger or cigarette lighter charger adapter

I don't know about you but a portable charger is just an everyday essential for me and something that's always in my bag no matter where I'm off to. If you don't have one already, I can't tell you how much of an essential it will be, especially if you spend hours away from your desk/charger. Mine is from Box but you can find them pretty much everywhere these days. Even better when it comes to a road trip; a cigarette lighter charger adapter which allows you to charge directly from the car.

What are your roadtrip essentials? Do you have any trips or holidays planned this Summer? If so, where are you off to? And how many of my picks will you be using on your next trip?

Written in collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing

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