Spring has finally arrived and although we are still having mostly rainy days here in Washington state – warmer weather is coming and I can feel it. You know what that means, right? Yep. ROAD TRIPS. Weekend road trips are the perfect way to fit travel into a busy lifestyle that might not allow for long-term trips all the time. I have a full-time job, so if that applies to you – I am WITH you. Sure, I can’t drop everything and take a two-week trip on a whim. But I can take a long weekend and turn it into a relaxing, detox that keeps me feeling inspired and keeps my creative juices a’flowin!
This past weekend I partnered with LIFEWTR to show you how I put together the perfect weekend road trip. And with some help from my local 7-Eleven and my two beautiful and hilarious sisters, I think I succeeded in making this most recent weekend road trip a memorable one.
My personal road trip style is honestly not to over plan. When I go on big, long trips, I plan my stay down to the hour of where I need to be and what I want to see. This can sometimes be a bit stressful, so when it comes to my road trips I tend to just hop in the car and see where the open road takes me.
I strategically own a vehicle that allows me to fold down ALL of the seats, meaning I can turn the back of my car into a makeshift sleepover party. Score, right? So, aside from the obvious clothing you might need for the weekend, I always stuff my car full of comforters and pillows in case we opt to sleep in the car.
Since I never really know what setting I’m going to end up in (forest, beach, small town, mountains, etc.) I have some essentials I bring so I’m prepared for wherever I land. My general list?
After I get my car loaded up, I grab my girls (my sisters/best friends) and hit the road. The first stop? The first place everyone stops when embarking on a road trip, 7-Eleven. My youngest sister goes absolutely nuts over stopping at 7-Eleven to get road trip snacks. I mean look how excited she is in the above photo? That’s the face of a girl who just bought her weight in candy, unnaturally bright colored chips, and as much LIFEWTR as she could carry. She’s in love with the eye design.
For anyone who is an avid water drinker, you know that despite what anyone says, all waters taste different. It’s true. Say what you want, but it’s true. And hand to heart honest, LIFEWTR is my first choice when it comes to bottled water. It’s purified, pH balanced, and promotes creativity, self-expression and passion. And that is what I’m all about.
The only thing left is to hit the road and see where it takes you. I generally start with the interstate and then branch out onto different highways. Sometimes I end up on the Oregon coast, dipping my toes in the water at Cannon Beach. Sometimes I end up at the continental USA’s most Northwestern Point at Cape Flattery, trying to keep the wind from blowing me away. The point is, you don’t have to go far to experience the unfamiliar. Just let yourself get lost. You’d be surprised at all of the places a six-hour drive can take you.
What is the most memorable road trip you’ve taken? Mine probably has to be a road trip through Acadia National Forest in Maine. I visited Cadillac Mountain in the early foggy hours of the morning and was the first person to see the sunrise in the United States that morning. It’s the highest point along the North Atlantic Seaboard, so if you visit between October and the end of February, you are one of the lucky few to witness the first sunrise on that given day. Magic, right?