Rocking Your Next Road Trip

Check out my article originally posted on the MilTribe blog here.

Anyone else taking a road trip this summer? That is one thing I LOVE about Texas. Multiple beach areas within driving distance! I recently took a trip with some girlfriends down to Corpus Christi and had too much fun! We walked along the beach catching up on life’s latest triumphs and tragedies, had delicious food, and stayed up until all hours of the night just TALKING. It was incredible! There is something about staying up all night snacking and chatting with your oldest friends that feeds the soul.

Whenever you take a vacation, the most difficult part seems to be everything you have to do BEFORE you actually get there! Making the reservations, planning the route, researching the area and finding cool stuff to do. It’s a lot of work. But it’s so worth it to be able to experience something new and spend quality time with the ones you love.

 

 

Over the past six years, I’ve been lucky enough to do an abundant amount of traveling and therefore perfect my trip prepping skills. Keep reading to see how my speedy yet thorough trip prep gets me out the door faster and onto the fun.

Packing the Suitcase

For me packing my suitcase used to be such a chore. I would dreadfully wait until the night before I was supposed to leave and stay up all night running around, trying to wash last-minute laundry or running to the convenient store to get the travel-sized toiletries. It was a nightmare! I would be so stressed and exhausted by the time morning came, that I didn’t even want to go anymore. Ugh! I shiver when I think about those days. Why did I do that to myself?!

Thankfully, due to our somewhat consistent travel (and my annoyed husband), I had to figure out a better system. So here are a few tricks I use to get that bag packed in a snap.

  1. Have a set bag for your toiletries and leave everything you can in it. I now have a complete set of shower items, hair products, and even a separate toothbrush that I keep in that bag at all times. So when it comes time to pack, I toss my contact case in and I’m ready to go.
  2. Check the weather where you’re going and pack accordingly. I am always cold, so I tend to pack outfits that can be layered so I’m comfortable when it’s warm and then have a sweater for the cooler temps.
  3. Pack less and utilize the space you have in your suitcase. Back in the day I would lug a huge suitcase around and pack extra outfits. I broke that habit quickly after we started traveling in Europe and found that a lot of places didn’t have escalators or even elevators. Spaces were also very tight. No bueno! Tip: I like to fold up my socks and underwear and put them inside of my packed shoes to save space. I also love using these cubes to help keep things separated and to protect my clothes from my shoes.

Packing the Car

Next up is packing the car. Depending on who you’re traveling with and for how long you’ll be in the vehicle, this can be quite the challenge. However, I LOVE road trips! Being able to load up and jump in the car to go on an adventure is so exciting!

So a few tips that I review when loading up are:

  1. Go to the store and stock up on snacks and drinks. It’s much cheaper than grabbing snacks at the gas station and you’ll have more opportunity to get the things you like. Plus it saves you from having to make more stops along the way.
  2. Bring a cooler. I used to think this was a waste because you’d have to toss out and then purchase new ice each day. One day it dawned on us to use the ice machine at the hotel to restock our cooler. Now we bring it on every car trip!
  3. Pack garbage bags, napkins, and hand wipes. I used to think my mom was crazy when she’d pack all that stuff in our car for the trip. But now my husband LOVES how prepared I am! You just never know what you may need and when you’re driving down the highway in the middle of Texas, you don’t have a lot of options to pull over and clean up your spilled drink.

Follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be all the rave on your next road trip! Do you have other go-to tips for traveling? If so, let me know! I’d love to hear them.

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Melissa Rogers, Professional Organizer

With over a decade of experience in both teaching and management, it has been essential that I perfect my organizing skill set! The management of my classroom, and even my programs that I managed, depended solely on the systems I created and my ability to TEACH those systems to others. Since the beginning, I have always LOVED to put things in order! As a kid I would pull all of my mom’s shoes out of the bottom of her closet and line them up or pull all of the towels out of the kitchen drawer and refold them to match. I found it extremely satisfying when everything was in order. Bringing order to spaces is one of my greatest joys!
  1. Samantha says:

    I am a lifelong road tripper, and yet it’s my husband that remebers all of the little super useful things like paper towels and garbage bags. They come in handy!

    • Melissa Rogers says:

      I think it works out well when you remember to bring that bag of “supplies” …. I can’t tell you how much it’s helped with damage control. I’m also very particular about the cleanliness of my car and they allow me to maintain that as much as possible.

  2. Farhaj Hussain says:

    This is so helpful… Next time I plan a holiday will follow your tips… Thank you for sharing….

    • Melissa Rogers says:

      Hi Farhaj! I’m so glad you found my tips helpful! I hope it helps to make an easier start to your next trip!

  3. Cori @ Sweet Coralice says:

    I love taking weekend trips…hate the packing part! My son, hubby & I just took a day trip to Corpus this past Monday and went to the TSA. It was amazing and since we live in the Rio Grande Valley, it was a short drive too. I hadn’t been along the Corpus Christi shoreline in ages and it was just what we needed too

    • Melissa Rogers says:

      Oh wow! Sounds beautiful! We actually aren’t too far from Corpus either! Small world. So glad you had a great trip 🙂

  4. Mars says:

    Nicely written. Great tips for packing. I myself used to travel with heavy luggage but because of my experience in frequent travel I learned that bringing clothes that you can actually wear save space and energy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa Rogers says:

      I know what you mean! Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way! But once I did, I never looked back. Haha

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