When I go on vacation my main goal is to relax. Whether I’m exploring a new town or a new state in this case. But for someone who is not terribly good at unwinding, I like stay in some kind of order to alleviate some of the stress that comes with traveling. I try to be super organized beforehand. This cross country road trip has been the longest and hardest trip to plan for. My husband wants to be more adventurous and free spirited (which, I love about him), where I need a bit more structured and know where we’ll be from place to place. Here’s a little glimpse into how I prepared to pack for this 15 day cross country road trip around the US:
What I’m packing: I like to stick to basics when going on a long vacation. It helps to not over pack and stick with pieces you can mix and match throughout your whole trip. A simple black maxi was a life saver (which, you can read about here) and of course, lightweight and fashionable during my trip to Thailand last year.
Inside my beauty bag: When I travel in the summer, I try to keep my beauty products to a minimum, only bringing along some essentials. For skin, I stick to sunscreen, a tinted mositurizer (I like to mix my favorite foundation and moisturizer together), mascara, lip balm, and a bright lipstick that I also like to use as blush. As for my hair, since I won’t be using heat on my hair while I’m away, I’ll make sure my hair is well moisturized with a leave in conditioner and hair oil. I also like to pack bobby pins and hair ties so I can throw my hair up in messy buns or a side pretty braid.
Keeping a Travel Journal: The one thing about travel is being able to live in that moment. I enjoy keeping a journal to document how I was feeling and what I was truly experiencing while traveling. As time goes on, months and even years I love to look back on these journals and scrapbooks and of course blog posts to re-live those moments ( which always puts a smile on my face). Here are a few great travel journal inspirations I found to re-create while out on the road.