Road Trip Packing Items

It’s the season for road trips and I take them in abundance. While my destination, the length of the road trip, and the people who travel with me, change with each trip; there are fundamentals that always remain. Here are 5 items that I will always have in my car before starting a road trip.

  1. Sunglasses are an absolute must and I have been on trips where I have forgotten mine. So when anyone is traveling with me, I also have extra sunglasses for everyone in the car.
  2. Water is something every passenger has in my car and I have it in bottles that can be reused for the duration of the trip. You never know when you desperately need that sip of water.
  3. A blanket that can be used to cover things, sit on, sleep with or even dry off with.
  4. Kleenex because drive-thru napkins are just so harsh on your face.
  5. Roadside emergency kit for the . . .’I wasn’t prepared for that’ moments.

Pendleton All-weather Blanket
Emergency Kit

Road Trip Snacks

Here we are . . .road trip season. I love my road trips and I used to use it as a time to eat whatever junk food I wanted to eat. As I have gotten older, I have realized that I just don’t enjoy feeling sick from the processed food that you can buy at convenience stores. I am grateful for the upgrades that a lot of these establishments have made on having healthier options but honestly, the best thing is just to do a little prepping and bring your own food along for the ride.

So here are my top 5 items to bring along on a road trip.

I bring along this garlic spread and cut-up veggies to dip such as peppers, cucumbers, celery, carrots, etc.
I love that I can have a fun meat snack without the sugar. This satisfies my cravings and feels like I just picked up convenience store food.
Nuts are great to have on hand and I love these Salt & Vinegar ones
I love these along with fresh fruit like apples and oranges
I have shared this recipe before but if you cut them up into 2-bites-worth sizes; they are a great treat!

Music of the Road

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So in keeping with last week’s theme of road trips and since this is Memorial Day weekend; the favorite list this week is some of my favorite road trip songs!
I hope everyone has something planned for the three day weekend even if it is staying home and getting stuff done. That is what is on my docket for the weekend. I get to organize all the food in the house. That might sound like an easy task or at least a funny task but we do have food storage and things have been shoved into the pantry for months now and I can’t find anything I need . . . hence the big clean out of 2015.
Enjoy the list and have a wonderful weekend!!
1. I love songs that I can groove to while driving in the car. This is the kind of song that makes me want to give the peace sign to every car as I drive by (because we all know that I will be passing and not the other way around). Thank you Wilson Pickett.
2. Last week when I drove down to Cedar City for the afternoon, all I could do was sing this song in my head over and over.  So just listen to Roy Rogers so we can all move on.
3. I just love funky groovy music while travelling so of course you have to have one from the The Staple Singers.
4. You have to have at least one song that screams, “I need to get the hell outta dodge”. This song from Whitesnake does that for me.
5. You also have to have at least one song that is going to have you dancing in your seat so that all the cars you pass will catch a glimpse of you and leave them wondering what has made you so happy. We should spread happiness right? So here is to the Rolling Stones.

Slow Driving

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Don’t think I am weird but when it is lightly drizzling rain outside I somehow feel the need to take a slow drive somewhere. There is something about the quietness that the rain brings to me that calms me and a drive by myself gives me the opportunity to just think.
With that being said, it is also summer and I don’t know about any of you but my whole life has been filled with summer road trips. I have some great memories that come from car trips and it never involved speaking on the phone or watching a movie to pass the time. I always loved the conversations I had with the people in the car and I loved the scenery as it passed by. I would stare out the window and imagine what the lives were like of the people that I passed by.
So today, I decided to share some of my favorite drives. As I thought about this, I realized that I have WAY more than 5 to share. I am not necessarily sharing my top 5 but I am sharing the first 5 that came to mind.
What is your favorite drive? Please share with everyone! Who knows, we might all end up on it some day. 🙂
1.This first drive is between my current house and Portland, OR. I love this drive for two reasons: first, it reminds me of serving a mission for my church. This was the area tha t served in and as I drive through it, I think about all of the people that I met. I think about the lives I was able to help change and I think about my own changed life. The second reason is watching the changing landscape. I love the desert and grew up in it. It can be so beautiful watching the dusty landscape share some flowers every now and then. I love watching that change as I get closer to the coast and see water renew the ground and bring a different kind of life to it with the ferns and evergreens that dot the landscape. I sit and wonder about how beautiful our earth is and what a blessing it is to share in it.
2. I spent my formative years always near a portion of this drive and many times we found ourselves vacationing along it as well. I love PCH or for those of you who don’t know, Pacific Coast Highway. This drive is where I really developed my love of being close to the ocean.
3. I spent my whole life making this drive two different ways then was shown a new one once my brother and sister-in-law were married and it now ranks high on my list. I love the drive from Idaho Falls, ID to Jackson Hole, WY via Victor, ID. I get the opportunity to pass through a couple of valleys, up and down a couple of mountains and follow the Snake River for a time. It is beautiful and full of wildlife. Just be very careful not to hit a moose when travelling around 10pm on Christmas Eve. 🙂
4. This drive was more of a meandering through upstate New York and it was well worth the meander. I highly suggest that everyone spend time in upstate NY.
5. My last drive is through the backside of highway 5 in Oregon through the Willamette Valley. It goes through a lot of vineyards but mostly, it is just quiet and it feels slightly off the grid.