ROADTRIP ESSENTIALS + TIPS



HELLO Y'ALL, SO THIS WEDNESDAY I POSTED MY LAST MINUTE ROADTRIP. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SHORT, I LEARNED A FEW THINGS ON WHAT I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN. I MADE THIS LIST BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF COURSE SOMETHINGS ARE ON THE PRICE-Y SIDE BUT IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT GO AHEAD. TO ME IT JUST WOULD MAKE THE ROADTRIP A LOT MORE FUN. I ALWAYS LIKE TO GO PREPARED AND EVEN THOUGH I WASN'T AS PREPARED THIS TRIP---I WISHED I HAD. SO OF COURSE THE EMERGENCY THINGS ARE A MUST! 
IT'S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY! LET'S ENJOY THIS ROADTRIP NOT BE WORRIED AFTER ALL YOU TOOK THIS TRIP TO ENJOY YOURSELF! SO I DID THE RESEARCH FOR YOU AND OF COURSE I KEPT IN MIND WHAT SHOULD BE TAKEN. YOU CAN ALWAYS ADD THINGS! I MIGHT HAVE MISSED SOMETHINGS! THERE IS SOMETHINGS OF COURSE THAT YOU WILL HAVE IN YOUR MAIN BAG BUT SOMETIMES--- WE ARE OVERWHELMED AND FORGET SOMETHINGS. I MADE A LIST SO YOU CAN DOWNLOAD! I ALSO WILL INCLUDE A HOW TO CHANGE A TIRE AND JUMP START YOUR CAR----I CAN'T TAKE CREDIT FOR DOING THESE DIAGRAMS BECAUSE HONESTLY----I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO ANY OF THOSE THINGS BUT THANKFUL I SEARCHED AND FOUND ONE. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE INTERNET AND YOU CAN'T SEARCH ON YOUTUBE OR SERVICE TO CALL AAA BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY THAN YOUR LEFT WITH DOING IT YOURSELF----YA SUCKS BUT GOT TO DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO! IT'S GOOD TO HAVE IN YOUR CAR AT ALL TIMES! YOU JUST NEVER KNOW! TRUST ME EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO CHANGE A TIRE OR JUMP START YOUR CAR IT'S NOT JUST FOR MEN! I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU! ALSO I WILL DO A KIDS SECTION LATER ON!




MAJOR TIP #1: CHECK YOUR CAR BEFORE YOU GO (OIL, BRAKES, TIRES, LIGHTS, AC/HEATER ETC). ALSO WATCH VIDEOS ON HOW TO CHANGE OIL ETC JUST IN CASE.


TIP #2: SCREENSHOT YOUR DIRECTIONS & PRINT!
 YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE SERVICE AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GPS, YOU DON'T WANT TO BE STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE WITH NO GAS AND NO SERVICE! TALK ABOUT SCARY!


TIP #3: EAT HEALTHY DAYS BEFORE! ROADTRIPS ARE FUN BECAUSE YOU GET TO TRY NEW FOODS YUMMMMM---- SO PREPARE DAYS ADVANCE BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SICK ON YOUR TRIP. THIS WILL HELP YOU FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND JUST IN GENERAL BOOSTING YOUR ENERGY! ALSO TRY TO GET SNACKS THAT DONT HAVE TO MUCH SALT BECAUSE THEY CAN SWELL YOU UP.



TIP #4: WEAR COMFY CLOTHES. YOU WILL BE SEATING FOR A LONG TIME! YOU CAN STILL LOOK CUTE WHILE BEING COMFY. I DID THAT! I WORE JOGGER PANTS BUT I WANTED TO CUT OFF THE ELASTIC BECAUSE IT WAS CUTTING OFF MY CIRCULATION FORM MY LEGS SO IF YOU GET SOME GET THEM WITHOUT ELASTIC OR THAT IT'S LOSS AROUND YOUR ANKLES




TIP #5: CHECK YOUR CAR EVERY SO OFTEN JUST TO MAKE SURE THINGS ARE RUNNING SMOOTH. JUST BECAUSE YOU CHECKED IT IN THE BEGINNING DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULDN'T EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.

TIP #6: DON'T DRINK ENERGY DRINKS. I KNOW YOUR ON THE ROAD FOR A LONG TIME AND YOU DON'T WANT TO FALL ASLEEP---NOBODY WANTS THAT BUT THERE IS OTHER BETTER THINGS YOU CAN TAKE BUT ENERGY DRINKS ARE NO GOOD FOR YOU AND YOU CAN GET A MAJOR CRASH. I TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF REDBULL BUT QUICKLY STOPPED BECAUSE I CAN'T DRINK THEM! INSTEAD I HAD AN APPLE AND MAN LET ME TELL YOU GAVE ME SO MUCH ENERGY AND I FELT GOOD AND GAVE ME FOCUS. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE COFFEE A LOT BETTER THAN ENERGY DRINKS.


TIP #7: INVEST IN SEAT CUSHION AND ESSENTIAL OILS WITH CAR DIFFUSER. BUY THIS LOTION IT'S AMAZING IT'S MY FAVORITE (BATH& BODY WORKS)!
I WISH I HAD IT EVEN THOUGH I WASN'T DRIVING AND EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A BIG BOOTY LOL IT HURTS SITTING IN ONE PLACE FOR A LONG TIME. ALSO THE OILS CAN HELP YOU FOCUS, RELAX, WAKE YOU UP AND JUST FEEL GOOD. IT'S A NATURAL WAY AND MAKE YOUR CAR SMELL GOOD. WILD ORANGE, SPEARMINT & EUCALYPTUS ARE AMAZING SMELLS. THERE IS A LOT OF OILS SO YOU CAN GET ONES YOU PREFER. 




TIP #8: TAKE CASH & COINS. YES I KNOW YOUR USED TO USING YOUR CARD BUT SOME PLACES ONLY USE CASH AND ALSO IT'S GOOD FOR WHEN ENTERING NATIONAL PARKS! MOST PLACES DO ACCEPT DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS BUT SOME PLACES YOU HAVE TO PAY A FEE SOME AREN'T A LOT BUT HEY LET'S SAVE SOME MONEY! 


TIP #9: DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA, LOTS OF MEMORY CARDS, EXTRA BATTERIES! YES, I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER BUT IT'S A MUST TO TAKE A CAMERA [MAKE SURE IT HAS VIDEO TOO] BECAUSE WHEN YOUR RETURN AND YOUR TRYING TO DESCRIBE YOUR TRIP TO LOVE ONES IT'S BETTER TO SHOW THEM THE PLACES YOU WENT. IT INSPIRES OTHERS AND IT'S A GREAT WAY TO CAPTURE MEMORIES. JUST REMEMBER TO CAPTURE AND ENJOY THE LOCATION YOU ARE AT. DON'T SPEND SO MUST TIME TAKING PHOTOS THAT YOU DON'T TAKE IT ALL IN. YES, YOU ARE EXCITED TO BE THERE BUT YOU PROBABLY WERE DREAMING AND WAITING TO BE AT THIS PLACE FOR SUCH A LONG TIME TO SPEND YOUR TIME BEHIND THE CAMERA AND NOT ENJOY IT SUCKS. 
YEAH, I SAY A LOT BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SO EXCITED TO CAPTURE A MOMENT AND YOUR BATTERY DIES OR YOU HAVE NO MORE SPACE AND YOU HAVE TO DELETE PICTURES TO TAKE MORE. NOBODY WANTS TO DELETE PHOTOS I MEAN COME ON. THIS LADY HAD TO DO THAT WHEN I WENT TO THE GRAND CANYON IT SUCKS! AN EXTRA TECH, YOU CAN TAKE IS A POLAROID CAMERA OR JUST THE PRINTER(WI-FI). I HAVE ONE BUT I DIDN'T TAKE MY CAMERA BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE FILM BUT I ALSO WANTED TO FOCUS CAPTURING WITH ONE CAMERA BECAUSE BEFORE I'M LIKE I NEED ONE ON INSTAGRAM, ONE FOR MY JOURNAL AND A DIGITAL FILE----LMAO YUP LIFE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER HAHAHA. I WANT TO INVEST IN THE PRINTER IT'S SMALL AND YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOUR PHONE, EDIT IT AND PRINT IT OUT IT HAS WI-FI SO NO CORDS THANK GOD! IT'S GREAT BECAUSE YOU DONT HAVE TO CARRY SO MANY CAMERAS AND AT THE END WHEN YOUR RESTING YOU CAN PRINT OUT. I RECOMMEND A MIRRORLESS CAMERA ITS LIGHTWEIGHT, SCREEN ROTATES AND HAS WIFI (OLYMPUS PEN OR OM-D) 

TIP #10: INVEST IN A ROAD TRIP CAMERA. I KNOW I JUST TALKED ABOUT CAMERAS BUT IF YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR TRIP FOR SOCIAL MEDIA OR TO MAKE A DVD OF YOUR TRIP THEN IT'S GOOD TO INVEST IN THESE. THERE IS SOME THAT ARE NOT EXPENSIVE BUT SOME ARE BUT IT'S ALL UP TO YOU! EVERYONE GOES WITH A GOPRO BECAUSE IT'S WATERPROOF AND SMALL. IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A MOUNT WITH IT BECAUSE IT COMES HANDY YOU DON'T WANT SHAKY SHOTS OR IF YOUR SLEEPING(PASSENAGER) IT CAPTURES THINGS FOR YOU! THERE ARE ONES WITH A SMALL MONITER FOR THE FRONT SIDE OF YOUR CAR. YOU CAN ALSO GET A CAR MOUNT/WINDOW MOUNT IF YOU JUST WANT TO USE FOR THE CAMERA YOU ALREADY HAVE.


TIP #11: TAKE HEALTHY SNACKS AND GLASS WATER BOTTLE. YOU CAN TAKE SOME COOKIES OR CANDIES BUT TAKE HEALTHY SNACKS BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO HAVE DIARRHEA. SHIT HAPPENS... I GET IT SO IT'S GOOD TO TAKE ANTI-DIARRHEA MEDICINE TOO. HEALTHY SNACKS ARE THE WAY TO GO! I SAY A GLASS WATER BOTTLE BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE RESEARCH THAT LEAVING A PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE IN THE SUN IN YOUR CAR CAN CAUSE CANCER BECAUSE OF THE CHEMICALS AND THE SUN RELEASES THEM INTO YOUR WATER AND YOU DRINK. SO YA NOT GOOD. SO KEEP IN THE GLASS ONE IN FRONT. ALSO, WATER IS GOOD TO KEEP YOU AWAKE AND HYDRATED. YES, YOU SHOULD TAKE A PACK OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES BUT KEEP IN COVERED IN THE BACK.


TIP #12: ALWAYS CARRY A ROAD & FIRST AID EMERGENCY BAG. YOU CAN CUSTOM IT TO YOUR NEEDS I DID A LIST BUT YOU CAN ADD THINGS. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOU NEVER KNOW MAYBE SOMEONE WILL NEED IT. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE THESE EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT GOING ON A ROADTRIP.


[USE THIS PILL CONTAINER BAG AND LABEL YOUR BLOOD TYPE, ANY ALLERGYS, EMERGENCY CONTACT]


TIP #13: TAKE WALKIE TALKIES IF YOUR GOING WITH A FEW PEOPLE IT'S A GOOD WAY TO KEEP IN CONTACT WITH THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE CAR WITHOUT USING UP YOUR PHONE. ALSO IT'S FUN MY FAMILY USED TO DO THIS WHEN WE WOULD GO TO YOSEMITE. IT WAS SO FUNNY! EVEN IF YOU ARE GOING WITH JUST ONE PERSON IT'S GOOD TO HAVE BECAUSE MAYBE YOU WANT TO EXPLORE ANOTHER PLACE THAN THE PERSON YOUR GOING WITH. YOUR NOT ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE PHONE SERVICE SO YA GOOD TO HAVE.


TIP #14: TAKE DUO PHONE CAR CHARGER, HEADPHONES, DUO HEADPHONE ADAPTER, PLUG-IN CAR ADAPTER,  EXTERNAL PHONE BATTERY BANK. FIRST: YOU WILL BE SHARING WITH SOMEONE ELSE AND IT SUCKS CHANGING IT UP---YOU BOTH SHOULD HAVE PHONES CHARGED FOR EMERGENCIES--MAKE SURE TOO THAT YOU TAKE AN EXTRA USB CHARGER FOR YOUR PHONE. SECOND: HEADPHONES BECAUSE MAYBE YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THEY PUT ON FOR MUSIC OR YOU JUST WANT TO WATCH A MOVIE ON YOUR IPAD. ALSO, THE DUO HEADPHONE ADAPTER IS GOOD FOR IF THE DRIVER WANTS TO HEAR MUSIC BUT YOU AND YOUR FRIEND WANT TO WATCH A MOVIE YOU BOTH CAN WHILE THE DRIVER LISTENS TO MUSIC. YOU  BOTH JUST CONNECT HEADPHONES. THIRD: SAY YOU NEED TO CHARGE YOUR CAMERA BATTERY BUT IT'S NOT A USB CHARGER THAN YOU HAVE A REGULAR OUTLET--ITS GOOD TO USE FOR OTHER THINGS. FOURTH:  TAKE AN EXTERNAL BATTERY BANK BECAUSE SAY YOUR CORDS BREAK THEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO CHARGE YOUR PHONE ALSO IF YOUR HIKING YOU CAN HAVE THIS IN YOUR BACKPACK. THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT ONES LIKE A SOLAR ONE. 

TIP #15: TAKE EYE PATCHES TO DEFUFF, FACIAL SPRAY & LIP BALM, EPSOM SALT, SUNSCREEN, DRY SHAMPOO, BODY SPRAY, MINT/GUM OR TRAVEL ORAL PRODUCTS, MINI MAKEUP BAG WITH TOP PRODUCTS. FIRST EYE PATCHES BECAUSE YOU WILL GET TIRED AND THESE WILL HELP TO DEPUFF EYE BAGS. FACIAL SPRAY BECAUSE IT'S EASIER AND LESS HEAVY THEM APPLYING YOUR WHOLE SKIN CARE LADIES, THIS HELPS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN MOSITUIZED BECAUSE ROADTRIPS ARE LONG AND YOUR SKIN AND LIPS CAN GET DRIED. EPSOM SALT? YOUR THINKING WHY WELL YOU HAPPEN TO GET A HOTEL OR MOTEL WITH A BATH YOU CAN USE THIS TO RELIEVE YOUR MUSCLES--YOU ARE DRIVING FOR A LONG TIME THIS HELPS SO MUCH! SUNSCREEN BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS NEED IT AND IF YOUR DRIVING YOU DON'T WANT ONE ARM TO BE BURNT AND THE OTHER ANOTHER SKIN COLOR HAHAHA. DRY SHAMPOO WELL IF YOU ARE NOT IN AN RV YOU DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A SHOWER A LOT. SO THIS HELPS FRESHEN UP--SO YA APPLIES TO DEODORANT AND BODY SPRAY TOO. GUM AND/OR MINTS BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS A DIRTY MOUTH! CARRY ONLY YOUR TOP MAKEUP PRODUCTS LADIES! IF YOU TAKE A BEAUTY BLENDER YOU CAN USE YOUR FACIAL SPRAY TO DAMP YOUR SPONGE AND NOT TO MENTION MAKES YOUR MAKEUP MORE FLAWLESS. 


TIP #16: FOR FEMALES: GO-GIRL URINATION DEVICE BECAUSE GUYS HAVE IT EASY THAN GIRLS LET'S BE HONEST AND IF YOU HAVE TO GO WHEN IT'S NIGHT TIME AND PULL OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD BUT DON'T WANT TO BEND OVER BECAUSE MAYBE BUGS OR IT CAN GET MESSY HAHAHA. MENTRAL HEAT PADS BECAUSE CRAMPS SUCK AND YA THESE HELP. YOU CAN ALSO USE PADS FOR OTHER WOUNDS.
FEMININE WIPES BECAUSE LET'S STAY FRESH AND CLEAN DOWN THERE. 

TIP #17: SUNGLASSES AND A SLEEPING EYE MASK. MAYBE YOU WANT TO TAKE A NAP DURING THE DAY THE SLEEPING MASK HELPS BLOCK THE LIGHT OUT.

TIP #18: TAKE POO-PURRI SPRAY. WE ALL GO BUT HEY NOBODY WANTS TO SMELL IT SO TAKE THE TRAVEL ONE YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR POCKET USE IT IN THE REST STOPS. THEY HAVE FOR MEN ALSO. DON'T FORGET TOLIET PAPER AND TOLIET SEAT TISSUES AGAIN YOU MIGHT HAVE TO STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD OR YOU STOP AT A REST STOP AND THERE ISN'T PAPER OR SEAT COVERS. TAKE HAND SANITIZER AND HAND WIPES TO KEEP HANDS CLEAN JUST IN CASE THERE ISN'T SOAP. 
ALSO IF YOU HAVE TO GO ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TAKE A HEADLIGHT IT'S BETTER THAN CARRYING A FLASHLIGHT(YOU SHOULD STILL TAKE THIS) BUT YOU WILL NEED YOUR HANDS. I HAVE SEEN TOO MANY SCARY MOVIES AND DON'T WANT YOU DROPPING IT AND CAN'T FIND IT. WITH A HEADLIGHT IT'S ON YOUR HEAD AND IF YOU HAVE TO MAKE A QUICK GETAWAY YOUR GOOD! HAHAHA YA SO MANY SCARY MOVIES LMAO!


TIP #20: DON'T FORGET A SELFIE STICK! YES, THESE ARE WEIRD BUT IT WILL HELP YOU GET THOSE SHOTS YOU WANT. TAKE A TRIPOD AND GORILLA POD BECAUSE MAYBE SOMEONE ISN'T THERE TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO THESE HELP. SET TIMER AND YOUR GO TO GO.


TIP #21: HANDHELD GPS. IF YOUR ADVENTUROUS LIKE MYSELF AND WANT TO STOP SOMEWHERE AND EXPLORE IT'S GOOD TO KNOW WHERE YOU STARTED. ALSO IF YOU DON'T HAVE A GPS IN YOUR CAR AND ARE USING YOUR PHONE GET A PHONE MOUNT FOR YOUR CAR. ALSO, YOU CAN USE YOUR PHONE TO TRACK WHERE YOU STARTED. JUST DROP A PIN AND YOUR GOOD. I HAD NO SERVICE I DIDN'T DROP A PIN BUT I SAW THAT MY MAPS STILL WORKED WITHOUT SERVICE---I USED IT ON THE ROAD. 


TIP #22: PURCHASE A ROAD ATLAS (PAPER MAP) BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW. NO SERVICE, DIDN'T SCREENSHOT OR PRINT YOUR DIRECTIONS OR JUST WANT TO EXPLORE A PLACE YOU DIDN'T ORIGINALLY PLAN TO GO WELL KEEPING IT OLD SCHOOL IS STILL GREAT! IT MAKES A GOOD PICTURE TOO. 

TIP #23: DOWNLOAD ROADTRIPPERS APP. I LOVE IT IT SETS EVERYTHING FOR YOU! TELLS YOU HOW MANY MILES AND HOW MUCH GAS YOU WILL SPEND. I'M STILL GETTING USED TO IT BUT IT'S THE BEST! 




TIP #24: TAKE A BACKPACK RATHER THAN A PURSE. ALSO, DON'T FORGET A SMALL COOLER.




TIP #25: TAKE A BLANKET AND PILLOW AND COMPRESSION SOCKS!


  
TIP #26: TAKE CDS OR IPOD. THIS SEEMS SO OLD SCHOOL BUT SUCKS WHEN YOU HAVE NO SERVICE WHICH MEANS NO MUSIC. AFTER ALL, MUSIC MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER AND MORE FUN! YOU CAN ALSO GET SPOTIFY PREMIUM YOU CAN DOWNLOAD SONGS AND IF YOUR OFFLINE YOU WILL STILL HAVE MUSIC.

TIP #27: HAVE FUN! DON'T RUSH! LIVE IN THE NOW ON YOUR TRIP AND SOMETIMES GETTING LOST IS OK. NOT ALL THINGS GO AS PLANNED BUT BEING PREPARED WILL HELP YOU RELAX BUT ALSO IT WILL BE A GREAT PART OF YOUR ADVENTURE. 



SO HOPEFULLY I DIDN'T FORGET ANYTHING HAHAHA.


SAFE TRAVELS!
From my Heart to Yours
SENDING YOU LOTS OF LOVE & SWEETNESS
-AMANDA BERNADETTE













 








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