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Road Trip Packing: Essentials, Tips + Favorite Must-Haves

Image: Items being packed for a road trip. Night shirt that reads coffee, nap, sparkle repeat. socks and robe.
Have you ever planned a weekend trip but end up packing a week's worth of stuff? Yep, that is pretty much the way I usually pack for a mini visit to see family and friends. But, not this time because I am making a list of things and sticking to it.
 Today, I am sharing my road trip packing essentials, tips, and a few of my favorite must-haves.

 In a few days, I will be hitting the highway with the hubs and the fam. So, I will be spending this whole week condensing my own personal things down to stay organized in my suitcase. Keep reading because there is a reason for all the madness centered around my packing adventure.
Let's jump right on into shall we?

First The Essentials
I can never pack only one thing when it comes to my overnight bag. This time I made a quick list that will only consist of two nightshirts I have every style because they are comfortable and easy to sleep in when I am away from home. Oh, and they are only $5.98 at Wal-Mart.
Another packing item I need is my big comfy robe. I will be staying at a hotel with my family, and I can not sit on the sofa without having something big wrapped around my body. 
I have a love-hate relationship with socks, so I prefer sock slippers because they have a shoe-like feel at the bottom. They are perfect for walking around on the floor, and my feet stay warm. 
Image: Must haves book, tablet to write on while on the road
Must Haves
I know lots of people who love to have snacks such as chips and candy. But, I must have total quietness in the car, so I can read a good book or jot down a to-do list in my composition folder.

Image: Must haves for travel on the road, phone charger and computer chargers
I can not leave the house without my camera for pictures, phone and computer charger, and my laptop.
When I am going on a quick road trip, I try to limit the skincare items I take. The reason being something always spill in my bag. So, I will pack my Albolene make-up remover, cotton balls to remove any residue, LaRoche Posay gentle face cleanser, Witch Hazel Toner, and my Derma E oil. Ta
Although I try to limit my make-up packing, it never fails, I always overpack my makeup bag. Some of the things I like to take with me are a foundation, eye concealer, lashes, blush, glow powder glue, and primer.
I will be taking one outfit, two pairs of shoes, one handbag, and my brown jacket. Yes, one outfit styled several ways. That is part of my gear in which I will show in a later post.

A Few Tips
It may not look like it, but I have a lot of items stuffed in two carryon bags. Since I will be on such a short trip, I tried to focus on things that would allow me to be comfortable and not weighed down.

  1.  I rolled up my clothing tightly and placed together inside my luggage.
  2. I placed my shoes in cloth bags so they wouldn't scratch one another.
  3. I put my makeup and skincare items in two separate small pouches. To prevent leakage from either article, I packed.
  4. My computer, book, and tablet went in the second bag so I could use it while on the road.

In conclusion: I thought it would be fun to share how I pack for my upcoming trip. I am a hoarder who is working very hard at getting my life and things around me organized. I used to pack up a lot of stuff, then I will feel overwhelmed when I get to my destination. Now I take only the items I know I need so I can focus more on vacation rather than bringing to many clothes, shoes, etc.

Some people hoard and keep stuff in the house, I buy a lot of things and hang in my closet. But I am getting better. The way I packed for this trip has shown me being organized even for a mini trip could be less stressful with a little planning.

Honestly, I didn't realize that packing was causing me to have anxiety because I couldn't find anything in my bags when I get to the destination. And every time I returned home, I would have mounds of stuff to unpack, which always caused me more of a headache. Now I am fixing things that cause me unnecessary worry; I never paid this small thing in my life any attention.

I also realize when I have panic attacks, it is generally due to something that I can't control. Honestly, when I sit down and gather my thoughts and plan my minutes and days out, so I can figure out what caused me to become anxious. Most of the time, it was something so minor and straightforward only if I would take the time to analyze the situation calmly.
In reality, organizing my trip and luggage was fun and relaxing for me. I hope you were inspired or just enjoyed this mornings post.
There you have it my Road Trip Packing: Essentials, Tips + Favorite Must-Haves
Lastly, life already has its ups and downs so when I am taking a trip down the road I want to have the basics of my life organized so I can spend more time laughing and joking with family.

How do you pack for vacations?
Are you an over-packer or do you stuff your luggage with everything you love?

Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!

xo tangie


  1. Definitely will be taking a few of your tips and tricks!! I have a vacation coming up soon and I will be in need of some guidance, basically LESS IS MORE!!


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