Summer Road Trip Essentials

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Summer Road Trip Packing Essentials

At the end of August, my boyfriend and I will be road tripping to Charlotte, NC to visit one of my best friends and celebrate her wedding! We made the same road trip from Minneapolis, MN to Charleston, SC and then Charlotte, NC just three years ago, so I’m excited to embark on this road trip adventure again! It will be fun to reminisce because at the time we had only been dating for about five months, and now we have been dating for over three years. I’ll tell you what, you learn A LOT about a person on a 18-22 hour road trip… haha, but all good things!

Minneapolis to Charlotte

Packing for Charlotte Road Trip

packing for Charlotte

So in preparation for my road trip, I’m making sure I’m packing everything I need for a great road trip. We will be driving straight through the night, so wearing comfy clothes and having necessary cosmetics is really important. I am packing a few light-weight tunics/tops, a couple pairs of shorts, a dress, a light-weight sweater and some of my favorite summer sandals and wedges. And not shown, of course, is the dress and heels I’ll be wearing as a personal attendant at my friend’s wedding! More importantly are the few lifesavers I will have packed in my cosmetic case and in my purse for easy access.

Cosmetics for a Road Trip

  • The Rain is a wonderful, easy-to-apply face cleanser that I got in this travel kit. So if when I’m not driving and it’s getting late I can refresh my face with this cleanser and feel fresh and clean.
  • An SPF, sensitive skin moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated and red free.
  • A new tinted lip balm I got in my Ipsy July bag! It is wonderful and will instantly smooth my lips while giving them a bit of color.
  • A bright lip gloss from Pop! This is my go-to lip gloss when I feel like my face is looking tired. It adds a lot of beautiful color and will help me in those early morning hours throughout our travels.
  • And finally, Rohto Cool Max Eye Drops provide maximum strength redness relief specifically made to help whiten and protect irritated eyes,without the need for a prescription. I’m going to be needing these to keep my eyes clear and bright while traveling over 18 hours to Charlotte with little to no sleep!

Road Trip Essentials

Rohto Cooling Eye Drops contain an intense freshness formula designed to relieve irritation, sooth and comfort eye for up to 8 hours. Definitely will be one of my most used cosmetic items.

Rohto Cool Max Eye Drops

And because summer is high travel season, and they don’t call those overnight flights the “Red Eye” for nothing, Rohto is having a giveaway! Keep your eyes travel-ready with Rohto. Enter to win a box of Rohto Cool MAX along with a $25 Visa gift card to put towards the rest of your travel necessities.

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    July 30, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    I hope you’ll have a great time doll xx

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    July 30, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    WOW that’s a long road-trip, but I’m sure it will be fun.


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    July 30, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    That’s such a long trip, but I’m sure you’ll have even more fun on it this time! You certainly do learn a lot about a person in that kind of situation.

    prosecco in the park

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    two birds
    July 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    That’s quite the drive! Have a fun and safe trip! Best wishes to your friend!

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    Gina @ On the Daily Express
    July 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Whoa, that is a LOOOONG drive! (And BTW I love that you included a map with the route! I can see why it will take you 18-22 hours!) Love seeing your packing plans for your outfits (love that bright orange top!) and the details in your cosmetic bag.
    Gina – On the Daily Express

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    July 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    That is a looong drive! I’m not sure I could sit in the car for that long! But I’m sure it will be totally worth it 🙂

    I don’t have any trips planned this summer but living at the beach, it’s like I always am on vacation 🙂

    The Tiny Heart

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    July 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I am so not good in long car rides! About 7-8 hours is my max! I’m sure the trip will be a blast though! Enjoy NC! I’m definitely bummed that we don’t have a trip planned in our future!

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    July 30, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I love a good road trip! I hope you have a blast! Love those wedges!

    <3 Shannon

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    July 30, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Those wedges are amazing! hope you have a great time on your road-trip! xo

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    Jess Zimlich
    July 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Those heart shaped sunnies are still some of my faves! They look so great on you. I’m looking forward to road trippin to the lake of the ozarks at the end of August! Can’t wait to hear about your trip 🙂

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    July 30, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    What a long drive! You’ll definitely have a great time though I’m sure 🙂 My bf has done road trips like this before with his friends and they survived haha!

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    July 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    We did our big road trip back in June – it wasn’t quite as long as your trip though! Love the items you are packing!! Great giveaway too!

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    Lauren Michelle
    July 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    You’ve got road tripping down to a science! Earlier this summer my hubby and I road tripped from Albuquerque to LA for a friends wedding (not quite as long as yours, coming in at 12 hours each way). We had fun talking and listening to audio books. We also packed enough food for about 5 more people, lol. Looks like you have some cute outfits packed! I hope you have fun!

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    July 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Sadly, I got a new job this summer, so we are waiting to take a vacation in the fall. We have traveled a bit on the East Coast for a few weekend trips 🙂

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    Chelsea Davis
    July 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    ROAD TRIP!!! I did that last year with Hudson… never again 🙂 lol. Looks like you have everything you need for your trip, those eye drops have a cool bottle shape! I am going to Mexico in 2 weeks, thanks for letting me enter!

    XO Chelsea

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      July 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Haha, our doggie will only be traveling with us to Iowa where I will drop her off at my parents!

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    July 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I’ve heard that those roto drops are fantastic! Have fun on the road trip, I can’t wait to see the pics on your IG.

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    July 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I’m going to Berlin here in a few weeks.

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      July 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Yay! How exciting! Sounds fun!

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    July 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Hope you have a great time. I love road trips. Oh and I’ve been wanting to try those eye drops for like ever. I hear they’re awesome.

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    July 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Sounds like it will be an amazing time! I want to plan a road trip soon. Love those yellow and nude wedges, not to mention the yellow dress.


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    Brittney Bernal
    July 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    You will be just down the road from me!! Enjoy your trip and safe travels! I am loving all of your travel essentials!
    Brittney Marie
    Pretty Little Pursuits

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    July 30, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I love a good road trip and I agree you learn a lot about a person after being stuck in the care with them for hours at a time. I hope your road trip in August goes great. I love the items you plan to pack.

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    Patricia Trampel
    July 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Traveling to Madison and Milwaukee.

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      July 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      Hi mom! Yay! Even though you are helping Chris and Crystal move, it will still be a fun time 🙂

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    July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    wow, what a trip! looks like you’re all set for the long drive. i am totally obsessed with your heart-shaped sunnies and the wedges on top. have so much fun at your friend’s wedding!!


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    July 31, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Rhoto drops are the jam! Talk about refreshing.

    Safe travels to NC, doll!


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    July 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Bonitos looks!!

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    Amy Ann
    July 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Packing is the worst part of any trip! Looks like you are well prepared.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    July 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip Rachel. This is going to be so much fun. Great picks to bring! If I ever go on one I will have to refer back to this post LOL

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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    July 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Hello! 🙂 Love your choices for the road trip.The wedges with yellow accents are my favourites. <3 Kisses!

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    anna pry
    July 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    we dont have any traveling plans right now

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    August 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Ah! This is so exciting! One of my best friends lives in Charlotte as well, and I went out to visit her in January (although I flew…). She’s having her first baby in September, so I’m hoping to get out there again after he’s born so I can get some baby snuggles!! I think it’s awesome that you get to be the personal attendant in the wedding – so exciting! Have a great trip and drive safely! 🙂

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    August 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Wow, that’s quite the roadtrip!! But it will be fun, I’m sure 🙂


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    Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog
    August 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Oh you’re going to be in NC! I love Charlotte! I try to go a few times a year (it’s only 2.5 hours away from my house). Have a great trip!

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      August 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Oh nice! I wish I lived somewhere as beautiful as NC 🙂 It will be a great visit though!

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