*We always travel by car if we can, especially in Florida since we live in Georgia*
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A week before trip:
Plan what you are going to eat- see if you can
bring anything with you. Florida can be a little bit on the pricey side of things.
So if you can, it is always best to bring it with you.
Plan where and what you want to eat while you
are out. Seafood- obviously, you simply cannot go to Florida and not indulge in
some buttered lobster tail (yum!). To make your trip easier, plan where you
want to eat and what day. That way you are not left guessing and trying to make
decisions. I also LOVE looking at the menu’s online and checking prices. I am
all about the best for my money.
Clean, clean, clean. Nobody likes traveling in a
dirty car or coming home to an absolute mess after they already have to come back
Pick out your outfits. Even if you still have to
wash them before you leave, have them ready on your mind.
I start packing for the trip as soon as I can, but when in
doubt I have most things together two days before I leave. It gives me plenty
of time to make any decisions or change my mind on things.
Leave your essentials for the morning. This may
be hard for some if you are like me and just want everything done and out of
the way, but sadly, it is not worth trying to unpack it all the morning of
Only pack what you need. The one thing that
drives me absolutely bananas is when I have 5 bags I have to try and remember
to get together before we leave. Especially if we are not staying at the same
place the entire time. Don’t go crazy and bring your straighter and all your
makeup unless this is like a business trip as well. It is Florida. You are
going to sweat your heart out. I bring the bare essentials for all (makeup-
concealer, eyeliner, and my mascara). The only thing I do not skip out on is my
skin care, again you are in Florida, it is over the top hot. I don’t like a lot
of breakouts when I get back.
Pack efficiently, yet effectively. I say this with
a heavy heart, you don’t want everything sliding around the back seat or
rolling around in your trunk. Minimal bags as possible but keep it all semi
organized. For my duffle bag, I put all my clothes, skincare, makeup, and hair
in one bag. I then have a ‘sun bag’ as I like to call it where I have all my sun
care: beach towels, sunscreen, waterproof bag, aloe, tanning lotion, and I bring
the entire bag to the beach. I even store an extra pair of flip flops in there.
This way I can access everything quickly and I know exactly what is in there.
What I pack:
The typical question I get when I do this kind of post is exactly what do I bring with me?
Let me start by saying, most of it is based on: what time of
the year I go, how long I am staying, and where I am staying. My typically time
for going is May. I stay about 4-7 days and I vary between staying with my Grandma
or staying on the beach.
Shampoo and Conditioner (if your hair is not use
to salt water life- don’t even bother with dry shampoo. It won’t do much. It is
best to just wash it like normal)
Bathing suit ( 2 sets)
I also have a snack bag, the sun bag, and extra bags for dirty clothes. I will put up my over the seat cooler for the long haul and ensure I have my backpack cooler for the beach (much easier to carry).
I always have to have things to do during the trip when I am
not driving so I stay awake and not be bored. Car rides put me to sleep easily.
Just ask the boyfriend, he would know! I have a journal (because I always have
random ideas when I can’t do anything about them, my computer, camera, and a
book with headphones.