I could bore you with the spiel on how you should take a satnav/GPS, a torch, an emergency car kit and maybe some tools to help you change a tyre. However, I’ll just take my boyfriend. Lucky for me, he’s a mechanic, which means that I can tell you about all the less mundane things you’ll find me packing for a roadtrip!
With a six hour drive ahead of us, I like to be prepared and also pack things to keep me entertained. My in-car bag is my trust Fjallraven Kanken. I love this because when unzipped, you can see everything that’s inside with ease, and don’t have to practically unpack it to get that lipbalm at the bottom.
Slippers – these pink fluffy slider slippers give me total granny vibes, but I refuse to keep buying £30 Bedroom Athletic slippers that my 6 month old puppy keeps chewing! These were just £3 from Primark, and have a memory foam sole for extra snuggliness. You can also kinda get away with wearing them in the services because sliders are still in right?
J-pillow – It’s a little well-known fact that I can fall asleep anywhere. Lectures, plane journeys, in hospital chairs whilst my sisters giving birth… no, really. That doesn’t stop me from getting an achy neck, though.
The J-Pillow was created by former flight attendant, Gemma Jensen, who definitely knows what she’s talking about when it comes to travel comfort. The pillow’s unique ‘J’ shape fully supports your head, neck and shoulders to prevent your head flopping forwards drooling over your tee, or backwards catching flies.
It’s made of a super soft fleecy material, like burrowing into a dressing gown or a fuzzy blanket. It’s so much more comfortable than your average nylon travel pillow filled with beans. If it hadn’t ticked all of the boxes already, it certainly will when I tell you that it folds down into a little compact bag that can attach to your suitcase or rucksack, making it half its usual size.
Roadtrip playlist – on EE, I get 6 months of Apple Music for free, so I’ve been taking full advantage and created a mega playlist for the journey. It comprises of my favourite indie, pop-punk and rock artists, from Blink 182 and Paramore, to Kasabian and Circa Waves. I threw in some Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls and 5ive for good measure. Oh and Toto – Africa. It’s not a roadtrip without a cheesy sing-a-long am I right? Listen to my playlist here!
Hair and Beauty
Makeup – we are travelling through the night, so makeup isn’t really a necessity. However, we will be stopping at services and arriving in Cornwall around 9am, so I want to look fresh faced. I will be taking my Dr Jart Beauty Balm, my Natural Collection brow gel, a dewy highlighter and some lip balm. I’ve recently had some lash extensions, so won’t be needing any mascara. Look out for a post on lash extensions in about two weeks time to find out more about them!
Deoderant/body spray – I mean, 6-7 hours in a car on the motorway. Gross. I like to carry a mini deoderant can, and a little body spray. For this trip, I’m going for my Being by Sanctuary Salted Caramel and Macadamia Nut body spray. On a similar note – a new car airfreshener may make your journey a little more enjoyable, too.
Facewipes – I swear by No7 facewipes. I’ve been using them for three years and I’m pretty loyal to them. I like to carry them in my rucksack as a ‘just in case’.
Hairbrush – nobody wants to stroll into the services looking like they got dragged through a bush backwards. This is the the new Jojo Siwa 2-in-1 de-tangler and styling brush. Okay, so Nickelodeon isn’t really my thang, but if you take away the bows and the targeted audience, this is actual a fab creation. The brush is reversible, and the inside can be used to store bobbles and bobby pins, meaning they won’t be rolling around in the bottom of your bag!
Notepad/pen – As a journo, I carry these everywhere. I love to be able to jot down ideas, plan blog posts, doodle and make notes whenever and wherever I am. I’m currently using the notepad I got in my Treatbox and these rose gold Zebra pens that write like a dream.
Camera – I barely leave the house without one. In fact, if you let me count my iPhone, I never leave the house without one. If I don’t have my DSLR in my hands, I have a disposable or my Instax Mini 8. I love to document my holidays through my lens, so I’ll be taking at least one camera in the car with me.
Book – I do like a good holiday read, and this year I’m reading All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. My friend Anya gave me this book and said it’s one that needs to be passed on, so I’m hoping to finish it and pass it on for someone else to enjoy.