Road Trip Packing List

The Ultimate Car Packing list for a girls road trip

Everything you could possibly need for your smashing trip

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I am going a girls' road trip to a very special place in Virginia and, as I was packing for my trip, I thought about the necessities that I was going to need for my car. I am one of the most prepared people I know, so I have a very thorough packing list for your car.

1. Snacks

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The most important part of the packing list (besides the clothes) that you need to focus on. At some point, one of your friends or you will become hungry and you want to make sure that you have plenty of snacks to get you through the drive. A good snack to have with you is pretzels and chips. You should also make sure that you have plenty of water and fun drinks to quench your thirsts as you drive.

2. Napkins and Wet Wipes

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During the trip, someone is going to get messy or spill something on themselves. When that happens, you should be sure to have napkins and wipes ready to go. I always keep a napkin bag in my car that I put napkins from fast food places in after I eat there.

3. Phone Charger

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You should definitely keep a phone charger in your car or at least keep a plug in for a phone plug that way someone can plug in their half dead phone. This also comes in handy when you are having to use your phone for the GPS which drains your battery.

4. Scissors or knife

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I keep these in my car and they have come in very handy. One time when my car had died, I had to use my scissors to put my car into neutral. These can also be used to open things or to cut things that you don't want.

5. Air Freshener

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You should always keep some sort of air freshener or perfume in your car because you never know when it might be handy. You might smell badly or you car could, so it is nice to have scent that you like with you.

6. Bandaids and other items in a first aid kit

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I like to keep bandaids, cortisone cream, lotion and antibacterial wipes just in case someone should get injured. I have been driving and noticed that my arm or my leg are bleeding or that I scraped a scab and needed a band aid.

7. Ice scraper or snow brush

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For majority of the year, I live in an area where there is snow or ice most of the time. I always make sure that there is an ice scraper in my car because one time I didn't have one and I had to use the back of a hair brush.

8. Towel

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I keep at least two towels in my car just in case I spontaneously decide to go in a creek or it begins raining and I get soaking wet. It also works if something gets spilled in your car or someone gets cold.

9. Blankets and socks

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Since I live in an area where it's constantly cold, I like to keep a blanket in car just in case the passengers get cold. It also comes in handy when you have to put something in your car but don't want it to scratch your car.

10. Rockin' CDs or an Aux cord

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When my friends and I go on road trips, we always make sure that we have some jams to listen to. One of us makes a playlist of everyone's favorite songs so that the time will go by more quickly. You just have to make sure you don't give the aux cord to the person with weird music.

11. Hair products

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I like to keep a hairbrush, some dry hairspray and plenty of hair ties in my car. These come in handy when you want to put the windows down, but you don't want your hair to get ruined.

12. Makeup and suncreen

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I know that when you are traveling, you don't like to get dressed up or do your makeup. When you get out from a long drive, it always feels good to put on some powder and some mascara to make you feel a bit more put together. I also keep sunscreen in my car because I am not about that skin cancer life.

13. Umbrella and a rain jacket

I always keep an umbrella or a rain jacket in my car because you never know when it might rain and you don't want to get stuck in the rain high and dry.

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Virginia is for lovers -- and adventure!
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As the weather starts to warm up, all you want to do is be outside and enjoy the sunny Virginia days. There are so many things to do in this beautiful state, and these towns and attractions are perfect for day trips. From the gorgeous lakes to the big cities and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up, grab your friends and get ready for adventure.

1. Smith Mountain Lake

This is Virginia’s most popular lake with over 500 miles of shoreline, a variety of water sports and lakefront real estate. Rent a paddle board or a boat with some of your friends for the day. It’s a guaranteed good time.

2. Arlington National Cemetery

This cemetery overlooks Washington, D.C., and is home to the grave of John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial. After visiting the cemetery, you can drive to the 9-11 Memorial at the Pentagon or stop by the U.S. Marine Corp War Memorial.

3. Richmond

If you haven’t spent a day in Richmond yet, you’re missing out. While everyone knows Richmond has a lot of history (i.e. the Virginia State Capitol), it’s also known for its craft beer, food tours, shopping and arts. You can also go down the James River to picnic or go rafting.

4. Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens

Williamsburg has a lot to offer, ranging from the colonial aspects to give you an American Revolution experience to the screaming fun aspects of Busch Gardens. Whether you plan to visit spots frequented by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, or get a cliché taste of Germany on roller coasters, you’ll never be bored here!

5. Charlottesville

This city is filled with arts and culture that are grounded in rich tradition. Here you can visit Monticello, try amazing food all around town or listen to a variety of music at the Charlottesville Pavilion.

6. Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

The Shenandoah Valley is right in the heart of Virginia. You can visit the park in October when the autumnal colors are most vibrant, in addition to taking a run down Skyline drive for amazing views. Along this path, you can stop at the summer home of President Hoover and the Old Cave Cemetery.

7. Virginia Beach

Whether you’re looking for the beach, various amusements or museums, this beach is a great destination for soaking up the sun and having a good time.

8. Assateague and Chincoteague Islands

Assateague and Chincoteague are partly located in Maryland and partly in Virginia. Here you can view the huge protected wildlife sanctuary, which is most notably known for its wild ponies. You can also go hiking, swimming, fishing or kayaking here - to name only a few.

9. Luray Caverns

These caverns are in Luray, Virginia, and were discovered in 1878. Inside you’ll find the “StalacpipeOrgan” – the world’s largest musical instrument.

No matter where you end up in Virginia, there are tons of great things to do. From great art to delicious food to rich history, this state has it all!

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11 Necessities Every Girl Needs To Have In Her Car

These are the necessities.

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Most people spend a lot of time in their car getting from destination to destination. As well as doing a lot of things in one day. There are always things happening on a given day. So why not be prepared for any type of situation in order to not be caught in an uncomfortable situation.

1. Deodorant/perfume

I cannot stress this enough, in Florida especially, it gets so hot and sweating is a thing. Just to be able to reapply throughout the day is always a good thing. And to freshen up you can just give a quick spritz!

2. Pads/tampons

I mean this is pretty self-explanatory!

3. A bathing suit

It's Florida, there may be an impromptu beach day with friends that you didn't plan for. Or a pool day or a boat day. Better to be safe than sorry. Even in any other state you just never know, a lake day or going tubing in the river or going to the pool. It's always good to have one.

4. Pen/pencil

Being in college, sometimes you don't have one, it happens. But if you have one in your car then you're good to go if you commute to campus.

5. Pair of shoes.

If they break or get wet or any other worst-case scenario, then having a back-up is always good. you will be so thankful to have a pair in your trunk if you are nowhere near home or a store.

6. Phone charger

People are always using their phone, to text or listen to music and we all know that moment when our phone battery is at 10% and we don't have a charger. It's the most depressing thing.

7. A brush

You never know when you will need it, and if you are at the beach or the pool your hair will most likely get tangled and look crazy so being able to brush it out is actually a really great feeling.

8. Reusable water bottle

If you have a long day of classes or just a long day in general, you can go to a water fountain and fill up your bottle instead of spending 2-4 dollars on a bottle of water.

9. Earring backs.

Earring backs always fall out, I can't name the number of times that I have lost an earring because of it or had to take it out because the backing fell off. Having a little container or bag of them in your car could save your life, or putting them in your purse if you aren't going to be around your car.

10. Cash

It's always good to have a 20 or something in your glove box, because let's say you forget your wallet somewhere or lose it, at least you will have a little cash to be able to put gas, get food or any other thing you would need.

11. A sweater

Going to a restaurant, in class, at the doctor's, or at work, it's probably gonna be cold, and it's miserable when you are cold and probably won't get any warmer.

These are things that I have found to be useful to have in my car, these are suggestions for you too, change or alter as needed to fit your life better.

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