Summer Road Trip Essentials
Summer reminds me of road trips, barbecues, towels that never dry, and sandy feet. We have taken a few small road trips recently and I wanted to share some of my road trip essentials because hey! there is still some Summer left!
Whether you are going on a 4 or 14 hour road trip here are some essentials that I love:
1) Sunglasses. Protect those eyes friends. It is important for your eyes, as well as the skin around them. Short term effects of excessive UV exposure can include photokeratitis (which is essence is a sunburn of your eye!), and long term prolonged exposure can lead to an increased risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Check out some UV safety recommendations and more info here. I have been in need of a pair of sunglasses that do not rub on my ears (apparently my face/ear ratio is a bit tricky), so for my birthday last week my husband got me a pair of Smith sunglasses and I love them! They are polarized, stay on my face, and don't rub my ears! They also have a lifetime warranty which is another awesome perk.
2) Smoothies. I love road tripping with a big smoothie to start off the day. You can pack in your greens (for those of you who are skeptical I promise you can't taste the spinach!) as well as get essential vitamins and fuel to sustain you on your adventures. You can make it beforehand at home, or plan out a fun place to stop on your way.
3) Functional/Comfortable clothing. Packing light for a road trip is refreshing, who wants to be bogged down with stuff when you are traveling? On our recent trip to Vermont I wore this Prana top for 2 days straight (sorry Mom, but it's true). It has a built in bra, and is so soft and comfy. It was perfect for hiking, sleeping and I could also throw my bathing suit top under it without it being too bulky.
4) A good playlist and a handful of podcasts. Check out this fun summer playlist from popsugar . When it doubt, I put on the Young and Free playlist on Spotify and that always provides solid tunes for driving
Here I am armed with a cold brew, green smoothie and an apple for our recent trip.
Any exciting road trips in your future? I am hoping to get some late summer camping in and maybe another trip to VT or adventure up to Acadia. Share some of your favorite road trips and essentials below :)