I took a five hour road trip last week – one that I’ve made many times by myself. Being a planner and an organizer, packing is part of the fun! Here’s how I packed for my trip:
1. Car Essentials:
I always like to have a few snacks with me, but especially on this trip. A few years ago I sat in construction traffic for a solid two hours, in an area with almost no cell reception. Since that trip I make sure to always take both snacks and non-internet entertainment with me! This time I had (in addition to what I always carry in my purse):
- peanut butter & jelly sandwich
- mini candy bars
- bottled water
- ice water in a thermos
- a few damp paper towels
- three books on CD
2. Clothes and Accessories:
My husband is a huge fan of the eBags packing system and let me take a few of his packing cubes on this trip (here’s the set he owns). I’m hooked! I always put my clothes on hangers and carry everything else in a weekender style bag. I still traveled with my outfits on hangers, but for everything else, the packing cubes made such a huge difference! I used the medium bag and the shoe bag to corral everything I needed for 3 nights and 4 days. When I wasn’t using them, they fit perfectly in my bag. I put one small zippered pouch on top with a few extra things like a lint roller. #catladyprobs
3. Makeup and Toiletries:
I’ve been using the same train case organization system for my makeup for over a year, and it’s working really well. Everything I use in the shower goes in a large Ziploc bag. I like traveling with a loofah, so I take a smaller Ziploc bag to store that on the way home. Wet, drippy loofas make everything gross. 🙂
I took all these pictures before I headed home from my trip. I like packing in a way that I can easily re-pack and take things home in an orderly fashion – it makes unpacking much more pleasant!
Happy Trails To You,
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15 thoughts on “Packing For A Road Trip”
Love your organization. Can you share what makeup products you use – getting a look into your travel case made me curious 🙂 Thanks!
Thanks, Jenny! I’m actually planning a “what’s in my makeup bag” video right now! It will be up on my YouTube channel soon. 🙂
I enjoy the planning and packing parts of the trip too. I like your tip about keeping things from making messes by using ziplocs. I try to do the same. I’ve never seen those packing cubes before. I bet that would make organizing a travel bag really easy. I try to pack lots of little pouches so that I don’t have to dig through my entire bag to find something. I also bring along an empty shopping by to put dirty clothes in. That way they are separate from the rest of my things and I know what to launder when I get home.
Bringing an empty bag for dirty clothes is a great idea – one less step when you get home!
Great tips! I love the idea of packing an extra zip lock bag. I tend to just use grocery bags, but the zip lock would make sure nothing leaked out. 🙂
It really makes a difference! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
I, too, am quite specific about the packing for a road trip. In fact, that’s about the only kind of packing I actually enjoy – road trips/adventures! I love having things organized in such a way that they’re easy to get to, easy to pack again, and then easy to unpack! 🙂
I’m with you – packing for a move isn’t nearly as much fun. 🙂
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Great tips! That makeup bag looks like the perfect size for me!
I searched and searched to find one like that- it is the perfect size for travel!
Packing lists! Oh how I love them! Great job!
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Thanks for visiting me! I love the Tuesday Talk community! ❤
Once again…we think alike. Although I have never heard of the pods from EBags. Those look great!! Will check them out.
There are lots of different brands as well – one of my favorite organizing bloggers uses Eagle Creek packing cubes. They are awesome for keeping everything organized!