Before we moved to California, we did a lot of traveling all over the country and even out of the country. But once we moved here, we were suddenly so close to so many amazing destinations that we’re able to scratch our constant travel itch with lots of roadtrips. We’ve traveled to Palm Springs a ton of times, we travel to Phoenix and Las Vegas to visit our families a couple of times per year, and we’ve taken trips to San Diego, Laguna Beach, LA, Santa Barbara, and more.

Since we rarely road tripped up to this point, I was the worst packer and would basically just shove our whole life into the car since there was no fifty pound limit. But after all these trips, I have a few things figured out and am sharing them today!

1. Comfortable clothes. I hate traveling in pajamas, even though they’re super comfortable. But it makes me feel so awkward when we stop at a restaurant to eat, or even just at the gas station for a bathroom stop. So instead of pajamas, I go for pieces that are comfortable, easy to move in, but are real clothes. Jeggings, a comfortable tee, and an oversized blanket sweater (that can double as a pillow or blanket) are my three best friends for road trips. You look put together, but still are comfortable enough to take a nap. Oh, and I always bring a hat to throw on since riding in the car for hours never made anyone’s hair look good.

2. Don’t forget the shoes. Sneakers are always my go-to comfortable shoes, but for roadtrips, make sure you wear a pair of slip on sneakers because tying and untying your shoe laces every time you get in and out of the car is just a pain. And make sure you throw a pair of socks in your bag to slip on once your shoes are off so your feet stay warm.

3. The right bag. I need something that’s big enough to carry snacks, my water bottle, my laptop, and all the other things I tote around, but without being so huge that it weighs a thousand pounds. I love this one.

4. Reliable Electronics. Since I work from home and run my own business, I always have to bring my laptop on trips with me. I have tried working in the car so many times over the years, but my laptops get so hot, run out of battery quickly, or are just too big for my lap. So when I got the Dell XPS 13 laptop, I instantly knew it would be a traveling game changer. It’s crazy fast with its Intel 6th gen core i7 processor,  its battery life is an insane 18 hours, it’s so tiny but has the same size screen as my other laptop (13 inches) since it has the “InfinityEdge,” and its brightness capabilities and amazingly vibrant colors make it so easy to see while driving in the car. I can easily throw it in my purse and carry it around since it’s so lightweight and small. And then when I’m done working, I can pass it back to my kids to watch a movie.

5. Healthy snacks. There is nothing that makes me want to snack more than sitting in the car for hours. My kids and my husband feel the same way. So I always make sure we have a stock of snacks before we head off anywhere. Some of our favorites are dried fruit (especially mangos and pineapple), mixed nuts trail mix with dried cherries or cranberries, cliff bars, veggie straws, and fruit leather. We’d love to know your favorites too!

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