You know all these idyllic posts I typically share after our road trips - - Forever West (summer 2013) and Visions of the Southwest (summer 2014 ) and most recently, the only post from summer 2015, as of yet, From Sea to Shining Sea......? Well, truth is, behind the breathtaking vistas, the history, the roadside geology and the family memories are quite a bit of pre planning. As in a 14 page, single spaced packing list. I kid you not.
When you're on the road, especially if you're tent camping, I can't stress enough how vital it is to have essential tools, equipment and even meal accessories handy. Sure, in many cities there are Walmarts for those forgotten double AA batteries and grocery stores for today's breakfast. But on your next journey, when signs like this are more common than not ~~~~
~~~~~ you'll be relieved to know that you did indeed remember to pack necessities in case hunger, thirst, mechanical breakdown or even white line fever strikes.
Sooooo for today's #5faves, I'm linking with Jenna at Call Her Happy, what I'd consider, in my pretty extensive road trip experience.... cross country journeys times five with kids, four before kids and three as a teen with my Mom and Dad, my top 5 personal necessities. Not the family's needs...at least not this week....that's coming!...but the you needs. After all, I've already been inconvenienced and trekked through several undesirable situations. Why should you sweet gals be? And don't forget, when you're done with my list of mundane creature comforts, go check out Jenna's FF and those of her tribe for tons more!
In addition to your everyday cosmetics/health/ items, don't forget to pack these gems~
~ 1 ~
If your hair, like mine, is long enough to be a sticky mess in the heat and humdity of
summer travel even an hour after hopping out of the shower,
but too short to tie up, these bandannas will end the annoyance
and help you feel less "weighted down."
I bought several at Walmart and right here on amazon.....
here are amazon's selection of paisley bandannas
and if you want to stay with a simple look,
these cute, yet undecorative pulls will do the trick too.:
~ 2 ~
Now you may not normally be into the whole make up remover/facial cleansing
But when you're on the g0 - camping, hiking, sightseeing -
time and availability of restrooms/showers is limited.
These towelettes will freshen and clean without actually using soap and water.
I know, sounds crazy, right?
But in a pinch, after a hot sweaty day when you'd normally step into a shower,
where none is available, these are awesome!
~ 3 ~
Even if you don't necessarily consider yourself a "writer,"
a journal of your travels is something you'll treasure.
You'll want to capture moments, keep an itinerary or track expenses, even.
I love the journals they have in the stationery department of my local Walmart.
But I've also purchased a few notebooks and pens here at amazon.
This one's my fave:
~ 4 ~
This one's not really a "personal" item, but because I'm the one behind the lens,
chronicling and pretty much memorializing our family's everyday as well as our trips,
I consider this camera a "me" necessity!
There's nothing I don't like about it.
and a bag here to keep your equipment safe!
~ 5 ~
I'm not a sun worshipper...never have been.
Growing up near the beaches in Queens and now living a stone's throw from
famous coasts that are flocked to by travelers across the globe?
Yeah, we hardly ever go to the beach.
Maybe once per summer and at night, after the sun is down!
BUT~ When you're out and about in the Great Outdoors, we all know our skin
Even incidental exposure is dangerous.
Fair complexion that I am, I've tried everything and I l-o-v-e
Coopertone Water Babies. It does the job without being greasy and
it's easy on sensitive, dry skin.
I started using it when my kids were tiny and we've all become fans since then.
I've used my amazon affiliate link in this post, which means a tiny portion of items you purchase when you click through my blog is credited to me.
I'll definitely be back with more trip journaling, photos, anecdotes and of course, more
#5faves/necessities for packing for that trip.
Thanks Jenna for hosting Five Faves!
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