Heading down to Newquay this week for our annual family holiday and it is one longgggg drive. It ends up being roughly 6 hours which includes a quick half hour stop at the service station. Because it’s such a long drive, I need a bag of essentials and boredom busters to keep me going.
Phone – I’m going to use a portion of my car journey to reply to blog comments, read other people’s blogs and get engaged on social media – send your blogs this way boys and girls!
iPad – I’m hoping to maybe crack out a few draft posts on the way down and Google Docs and my wireless keyboard make that so easy for me to do, plus it’s the iPad mini so is a really convenient size as opposed to feeling like you have a baking tray on your lap.
Cards – I’m leaving my purse in my suitcase but taking my little cardholder in my backpack with my bank card, student card and ID in as well as £10 cash. I love how small and handy this card holder is.
Pillow – six. hours. I can’t go six hours in the car without having a lil nap, so I’m taking this cute Sass and Belle pillow, which seems quite fitting for the journey.
Minimal Makeup – I like to feel a little fresh whilst travelling and so I like to just keep a concealer, brow gel, mascara, lip balm and highlight in my bag.
Magazines – I have brought Louise Pentland’s book to read whilst I’m away, but I don’t want to start it in the car as I feel I’ll finish the book too quickly, so I’m taking this month’s Marie Clare and Glamour magazines to give me some blogging and beauty inspo.
Notebook and Pen – As a journalist, I carry a notebook and pen with me 99% of the time. I’m taking my notebook in the car with me in case any blog ideas pop into my head and I can try and organise a schedule for September posts.
Body Spray – Gonna need a quick spritz before heading into the services… plus no-one wants to sit in a car for six hours with someone who smells…
Snacks – I think my body is pretty much fuelled on Cadbury’s Chocolate Fingers, and Fenitman’s Rose Lemonade is amazing!
Chewing gum – a chewing gum may not give the same fresh feeling as brushing your teeth, but it definitely makes you feel a little better after all those sugary snacks, can’t go wrong. I picked up a big pot for 9p at Boots as they were short dated, but they’re still fine! # bargainhunter.
Music – the best thing about a road trip is singing your heart out to cheesy hits from the 90’s an 00’s – the M6 isn’t quite as picturesque as the highways you see in movies, but us Brits need to make the most out of what we have.
What are your travel essentials?