There is no better time than the summer to just get in the car, drive and explore. Road trips can be some of the most fun and memorable adventures, whether you have a final destination in mind or are looking for adventure along the way. There are a few key components that can make up the perfect road trip—the right company, the right snacks and the right road trip essentials.
If you are planning your next car adventure, but aren’t quite sure what to pack, we’ve compiled a list of 10 road trip essentials you need to plan on before your big adventure.
1. The Right Pair of Sunglasses
You can’t expect to ride shotgun or navigate behind the wheel all day with the sun in your eyes. Before you head out on the road, make sure that you have a great pair of sunglasses on for your journey.
2. The perfect Hat
As you’re cruising down the road you may see places you want to stop along the way. From straw hats, classic Panamas to ball caps the hat of your liking on a hot, sunny day is perfect for keeping you looking stylish and covered.
3. A Great Crossbody
Crossbody bags are perfect for the adventurous type, as they allow you to keep all of your essentials on you at all times, while keeping your hands free. For situations like this, where adventure awaits, we love some of the crossbody bags in on Bendita collection. A crossbody is also great for those trips where you are constantly getting in and out of the car as you can easily keep your bag on you at all times, without having to dig for it in the backseat.
4. Some Light Layers
When you are going to be in a car most of the day, you want to make sure that you dress in light, comfortable layers. Depending on where your journey takes you, you may need to take off or add on layers to stay comfortable, so staying prepared for varying temperatures is always smart.
5. A Carryall Bag
A great tote is always an essential when you are traveling, especially on a road trip. You can easily throw your accessories, a book, your tablet and other essentials in your tote so they are easy to access in a minute. When you need a bag that can carry it all and still look stylish, we love options like our durable Majagua tote.
6. Healthy snacks
Before you hit the road you can’t forget your favorite health snacks to take on your journey. Packing snacks can save you money from eating out on the way and you can also manage the quality of food you consume. Take your favorite fruits or veggies or jerky, yogurt and nuts.
7. A Purse-Friendly Bottle of Sunscreen
When you are road tripping in the summer, the sun can do some major damage when you stop for those impromptu roadside adventures. However, most people don’t think of packing sunscreen when they plan to spend most of the day in the car. Invest in a little purse-friendly sized bottle of sunscreen that you can throw in your bag, so you are always ready, no matter where the day takes you.
8. A Comfortable Pair of Slip-Ons
If you want a pair of shoes that you can slip off when you are relaxing in the car and slip on when you are driving or getting out to explore, then make sure you invest in a pair of slide sandals or slip on sneakers. The right pair of cute and functional footwear can make all of the difference in your day.
9. A Clutch With Makeup Essentials
When you are out on the road taking on adventure, it is important that you are ready to take on whatever comes your way, and of course, you want to look good while you do it. Make sure you have a clutch that is easy to grab in an instant, like the versatile options from our Palmera collection, and that has some makeup essentials in it like pressed powder and a good lip gloss. This way, you can make sure you can quickly look pulled together no matter what your stop entails.
10. Napping Essentials
Let’s be honest, even the most exciting of road trips can have their lulls. Make sure that you are prepared for nap time, just in case, while you are riding along with some napping essentials. A cozy blanket and a trusted airplane pillow can be your best friend in situations like this. Plus, you never know when you may need to catch up on your rest for when it is your turn to drive.