I’m back from a little summer break, but summer definitely isn’t over yet! As you might remember, I went on a roadtrip from Spain to Italy a few weeks ago (already feels like years). We were sleeping on a different camping lot every night, packing our stuff and travelling all day and of course sight-seeing and relaxing. Apart from all the fun we had, this trip was also quite a challenge for my packing skills. There’s a few of things I would do differently next time and some I did right, so here’s my tips I gathered from my trip:
1 | First, let’s talk about what to wear on the perfect roadtrip: I did some window shopping around the Fashion ID online shop the others day (hands up if you do that as well) to get everything together for my next trip. If you’re out and about and have to live out of a suitcase, you definitely don’t want to overpack, even though it’s tempting to have ten different outfits ready to choose from. Go for simple and comfortable basics instead, pieces that are not wrinkling quickly (they are in your suitcase all of the time) and that you still feel good in (there are going to be photographs of your trip after all). Among my favourites are a pretty striped shirt or dress, a pair of jeans for colder days that you can wear with everything (please note: there’s a guy modeling these jeans, but Nudie’s are not only sustainable and fair, but also unisex. I love them and you should get your hands on some immediately), a jean jacket, swimsuit and a few airy dresses you can wear day and night.
2 | A jumpsuit. Seriously, I LIVED in mine while we were on the road. It was super-comfortable since it is made of jersey and I could sit in the car any way I wanted, it didn’t hurt my sunburned skin and I still felt chic and stylish strolling through Saint-Tropez in the evening. If you don’t have one, get a jumpsuit. You won’t regret it (there’s a great selection over here if you’re still searching for the right one).
3 | Nice and easy slippers you can get in and out of easily and won’t get blisters in. I (sadly) only had some ugly old plastic flip-flops, but I’ve had my eyes on some Birkenstocks for ages and will definitely get them before my next trip (remember my post a few weeks ago?). Also, a pair of espandrilles. I was wearing Toms the whole trip and my feet didn’t hurt from walking once.
4 | A proper suitcase. I travelled with a big backpack only because I thought it would be more handy (but it definitely wasn’t). Everything was wrinkled almost at once, I could never find anything, it just didn’t work out the way I thought it would. Long story short: go for a normal suitcase! And use a smaller backpack for your daily trips (I’ve had my eyes on this one for quite some time). Bonus: Herschel bags look great on guys as well (for example, if you’re traveling together and both want to carry the bag).
5 | Cosmetic bag essentials: high sun blocker and after sun lotion, mosquito repellent, bepanthen, a pretty lipstick for the evening, desinfection for your hands and shower stuff of course. I must admit that I stopped putting on make up after the second day (something about holidays and I was wearing sun glasses all the time anyway), but a pretty lipstick to look good is still always a good idea.
6 | Small travel snacks that won’t melt, crumble or use up too much room. We lived off breakfast cookies, French rolls, granola bars and grapes.
7 | A journal. If you’re travelling around at a fast pace, you sometimes won’t even remember all the things you did the day before. Writing everything down is worth it and also a good occupation while you’re on the road.
8 | A few good books! Always essential. I recently loved the Barcelona series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles and I’m excited to start “The Lowland” by Jumpa Lahiri and “The Circle” by Dave Eggers.
9 | And some no-brainers: Sunglasses, camera, mobile phone charger (!), phone, navigation system, plastic bags for various things, umbrella (sadly), credit card. Everything else: Leave it at home – you seriously won’t need it.
What about you? Did you ever go on a roadtrip? What are your essentials (anything I might have forgotten?).
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