Travel Bag Essentials

This weekend we’re heading off on another road trip South…to MY parents!
Visiting family is one of our favorite things. Eight to ten hour road trips, however, are NOT.
Setting aside momentary discomfort is worth every bit of family time we spend around the table, laughing with friends, & catching up on our favorite local places.

Today I’m sharing my Travel Bag Essentials!

If you know much about me, you know that I love stuff. 

I don’t pack light & I fully believe in being prepared for every occasion – hence the not packing light. It drives my husband absolutely bonkers…but he’s learning!

These are the items that I absolutely can’t live without on road trips home – or anywhere for that matter!

simplified life binder // this has my life planning in it. all my lists & lists of lists are kept here. to think about venturing 8 hours from home without this baby makes my head hurt. I love grabbing a pen & brainstorming while we drive. last weekend I dreamed up a new series & several new, specific goals for this space. YAY!

yarn + crocheting needle // my new hobby. on the way home on sunday I taught myself three new stitches. progress people, progress!

coozie + tide pen // another fun fact about me: I only drink out of cans with coozies. and straws…always a straw. since I packed some diet cokes in my giraffe print lunch box, I knew this was a necessity. and the tide pen for obvious reasons. I tend to be a hot mess in the car.

southern living // this southern girl is not complete without a little SL in her life. this month’s edition arrived right on time for all the travel!

iPad // there’s nothing like catching up on some blogs while traveling home – especially when you’re usually traveling in the dark. the husband also plays games while I’m in the driver’s seat…whenever that actually happens!

camera // capturing moments with my family & friends is so important to me. I absolutely love photography & having my camera handy makes it easy to capture those movements when you least expect it.

water bottle // hello hydration!…in a UK bottle none the less. Go Cats!

healthy snacks // probably the most important on this list. I am a snacker, no doubt about it. it’s the easiest thing ever to hit the drive-thru or grab a bag of chips for the road but 8 hours of that could lead to some serious regret on the scale. counting out pretzels in half portions & throwing in an apple or banana can make all the difference to my snacking routine.

That’s a wrap for me, friends! Off to pack for this weekend’s great adventures – including but not limited too….bridesmaid dress shopping, baby shower planning, photo shoot, home cooked meals, & the opening weekend of deer season. (that last one is for the hubby if you couldn’t tell!).

How about you?!
What’s in your travel bag?!

Frankly my dear…on to My Old Kentucky Home!

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  1. Meg
    September 4, 2014 / 11:01 am

    I'm looking for a good "hold all" bag… what kind of bag do you have?

  2. Lauren Flowers
    September 4, 2014 / 12:35 pm

    Okay I have got to start learning how to crochet! I would be making winter head wraps like crazyyy. Oh and who doesn't love a good SL magazine??xoxo

  3. Valarie
    September 4, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    We are taking a 7 hour road trip this weekend and I could not agree with you more on most of these items. Straws in my drink,,,yes please!!! I unfortunately get car sick so I can't read/look at a screen for too long. This means a good playlist is imperative! Well that and a comfortable pillow to sleep with. Safe travels and have fun this weekend.

  4. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    September 4, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    I am not a light packer either!! Haha. I have to pick out my planner for next year and I don't know what to go with…

  5. The Jessa Olson Blog
    September 4, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    I love to crochet too. What 3 stitches. I just taught myself a new stitches.nkinda excited about it, but it takes a bunch of yarn.

  6. Faith Golden
    September 4, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    We are taking a 3 hour drive this weekend to visit family! Lol! It must be the travel weekend! 🙂 I have to have a travel bag too. Kindle and iPad go in of course, blogging planner goes everywhere with me now that I have one. Looking forward to browsing around and gettin to know ya! 🙂 you will love the peony project! It's a great community.

  7. Hannah
    September 4, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    Your packing list seems perfect. It's just nice to have the little comfort things with you when you travel- one reason I don't pack light when we are driving somewhere. I hope you have a fun time with family!

  8. Martha Kate Stratton
    September 4, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    This is such a good list! With all the traveling I do, I love getting new travel tips from friends! Tide to go is always a must have for me!

  9. Susannah
    September 4, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    That bag is super cute! When we do long road trips I tend to just throw all my junk in the front seat. I don't know how my husband deals with me. 😉

  10. Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do
    September 15, 2014 / 3:19 am

    Great list! Car rides are so not fun but you have some great things to keep yourself occupied for the trip 🙂