Hit the road Jack…but don’t forget to pack!!

Everyone has had that moment. You’re 30 minutes from home driving down the highway and you think “Did I remember to pack my _____?” or you’ve arrived at your destination and now you try to get comfortable and it hits you….”Aww man I forgot ______!”. In all the excitement and the stress of packing for a trip you forgot something. Everyone has experienced this and if you haven’t well… you need to get out more. Labor Day weekend is on the horizon and thousands of people are hitting the road. According to AAA Travel, 34.7 million people are expected to drive 50 miles—or more—this weekend. Guess what, this girl is going to be one of them. I’ve been going back and forth in my mind about what I need to pack and what I WANT to pack (to my ladies reading you know what I mean). It’s not a long vacation at all, but a girl likes to have options. There are things that we use every day that slip our minds when packing for a trip. I decided to make a quick blog entry about what I bought (at Target) or have purchased sometime in the past for other adventures to help my stay away from home unfold smooth.

4Pack 2.4 oz Travel Pack at Target for 2.99.
4Pack 2.4 oz Travel Pack at Target for 2.99.

 So I am pretty sure everyone is well aware of these convenient product containers. They are great for storing your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and or lotion. They’re great for throwing in your suitcase or carryon luggage. Most general stores carry them, I bought these at Target for 2.99.

Conair compact mirror with 1X and 2X magnification. Target for 10.29. Toiletry bag gifted from Aeropostle.
Conair compact mirror with 1X and 2X magnification. Target for 10.29. Toiletry bag gifted from Aeropostale.

No one likes running late. You can’t find your makeup AND on top of that…you have to share a mirror with someone else who is in just as big of a hurry as you are. I’ve been needing a large but easily portable mirror for quite some time and I finally purchased one. What I love about this mirror is it opens and closes like a small compact which makes it less prone to get scratched or break. Don’t be fooled by the picture above. The mirror is definitely not small. The toiletry bag I received as a promotional gift from the clothing store Aeropostale a few months back. Great size for throwing my makeup in.

Travel size Aleve 1.99 Target. Travel case of BandAids .99 Target. Up&Up non-drowsy allergy medication 4.39 Target. Travel First-aid kit Walmart
Travel size Aleve 1.99 Target. Travel case of Band-Aids .99 Target. Up&Up non-drowsy allergy medication 4.39 Target. Travel First-aid kit Walmart

It may seem a teeny-tiny bit neurotic but…I like to be prepared when there’s the slightest chance I might get sick. It’s a shame I know. As you can see from the picture above I made sure to cover most of the bases. Obviously if you have any medications prescribed by your doctor make sure to keep those secure and within your reach but not accessible to pets or children.

Some other things you may want to add to your list of things to remember are:

1. Phone Charger. Of course you want your phone charger when you travel so you can keep that object that seems to be permanently attached to your hand working so you can upload pictures and let the world know exactly what you’re up to. For those who don’t want to keep up with cords there are cordless phone charger options like to Portable Power Bank available at T-Mobile for 29.99. Once you’ve fully charged the device slip it into your purse and when you need to charge your phone simply attach it to your phone and Waaalllaaaa!

2. Ziploc bags. Yep simple, cheap, and plain Ziploc bags are an easy way to tote your lil nick-nacks around. You can put your jewelry in one bag, your nail polish in another and whatever else you can think of that you want to keep easily accessible.

3. Antibacterial wet wipes. No matter what brand you purchase these are something you should consider. You never know when you might need to disinfect a surface (tub, sink, etc.) or clean your hands. You don’t have to buy the normal sizes, most stores sell the 10-15 count sizes at the impulse buy areas at checkout.

Lastly don’t forget to bring something to help you pass the quiet time while traveling. Bring an Ipad, Nook, or if you are old fashioned…a book.

I hope my little travel packing tips helped you. Be safe out there this Labor Day weekend.

What are your “must haves” when traveling LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!!


AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.



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