How to Survive a Long Road Trip

Nothing more exiting like a road trip, right? Well, not quite. There is a fine line between a boring, exhausting road trip and a pretty enjoyable experience. The key here is to prepare ahead everything you’ll need. If you are going to be stuck in a car for many hours, then you have to make an effort to get the best out of it. Road trips are a great way to know a country, there is something really special about seeing all the beautiful landscapes a country has to offer just passing through your car’s window. When people say “it’s not about the destination, focus on the journey” it’s not just cheap talk. Road trips are all about the road, if you obsess over the destination, it will feel like forever to get there, so enjoy the road while you are on it or choose another kind of transportation.

Start the road trip way before getting in the card

The key to a successful road trip is to start the road trip way before getting in the card. Pack everything you’ll need but don’t over-pack your car, seeing the car completely stuffed can make you feel uncomfortable even if you don’t realize it. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Road trips are expose to car problem set backs, so pack tools, a flashlight and spare batteries. Download your favorite GPS app, even if you know the route, a map can save you if there is any obstacle in the route and you need to take another way. Bring a portable charger for your phone because you will run out of battery eventually; even better get a back up charger just in case. Bring a steam cleaner and a pair of cloth to clean your car because eventually it will get dirty and nothing worst that traveling in a smelling car. Lastly pack food! Not only road trip snacks, but also real food that can be easily prepare along the way.

Entrainment is everything in road trip. Take this chance to enjoy some alone time that its difficult to find on our everyday life. Prepare a play-list with your favorite music or prepare a play-list with entirely new music to discover. Listen to that pod-cast you have been intending to listen to or bring an audio book of a new book to make things interesting. The sky is the limit on this matter, just get creative and enjoy the trip!

5 items for winter trips

It’s that time of the year again…“Winter is coming”. Well, that’s not entirely truth, summer break is near the corner and for winter lovers is the perfect opportunity for escaping the suffocating heat and jump on your next snowy vacation. There is something magical about waking up to a white mountain, while wrapped in a cozy blanket and sipping a hot chocolate. Yep, a winter vacation sounds wonderful!

For most people, the worst part about a winter trip is to pack for it. Everything is big, bulky and fluffy! It is a pain for fitting all stuff into your luggage. Let me tell you a secret, it doesn’t have to be like that! The key here is smart packing! Dressing in winter time is all about layering. If you master the art of layers, you got this! Once you understand layering, you’ll figure out that it’s not about bringing many outfits, but bringing only the essentials to combine into great outfits. You need to aim for versatile, rather than fashionable. Fewer pieces, properly layered, can adapt to any weather condition while still looking at your best. Keep in mind that sometimes weather can be unpredictable. It can go from cold (a cardigan its OK) to really freezing (I need the bigger sweater I can find) from one day to the other. You need to pack for both situations. You don’t need two suitcases, to choice your clothes wisely.

Essentials

Here are our 5 essentials you’ll need when packing for winter:

  • Thermal underwear or base layer: to regulate your body temperature, you need a fabric that can keep the heat in while preventing you from overheating. Invest in a high quality fabric like merino wool or hemp.
  • Moisturizer: winter can get really dry. If you don’t take care of you skin, you’ll end up with cracked chapped lips and parched skin. Bring moisturizer for your lips, face, body and even your hair!
  • A warm coat: this piece of clothing will mostly be on all of your pictures, so its important to choose one that makes you feel comfortable, confident, warm and pretty.
  • Weatherproof Boots: contrary to popular belief, you only need one pair of boots for winter. Invest in good quality boots to keep your feet dry and warm.
  • A warm hat: this item can add variety and color to your outfits, it is the perfect bonus item and keeps your head and ears nice and warm.

The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase

If you are one of those person that wait until the last minute to pack your suitcase, welcome to the club! This bad habit is nothing to be ashamed of since most people do it like this before their holiday. But the truth is that you and I know that this is not the best or most efficient way to pack a suitcase. I can bet that every time you have pack this way you have ended up forgetting an item, open your bag to find wrinkles or stains in your clothes, or even have end up paying overweight baggage fees. This problems can be solved just by doing your packing the right way.

First of all

First of all you have to choose the right suitcase for you. Of course, this will depend on how long will you stay during your holiday. While it is truth that packing for 5 days it’s not the same as packing for one month, the rules are the same. In the market you can find many lightweight luggage, those are a great option to make the best out of your weight limitations. Every airline has different limitations, so every pound counts when it’s time to checking in your luggage. Also consider investing on a luggage scale, this is a good idea so when you finished packing you can check that you are under your weight limit, or in the contrary, know when to take stuff out.

What you’ll need

Before you start packing, you have to know what you’ll need during your vacation. Take a few minutes to make a packing list with everything that you think you will need. Review this list twice and keep only the bare minimum, this includes taking out the “just in case” items. Now it’s time to pack! Divide your clothes in prone to wrinkles fabrics and stiff or heavy clothing. The first ones its best to rolled them up really tight, this will save space and avoid wrinkles. The second group it’s best to folded straight. Pack the rolled items at the bottom of your suitcase and put on top the folded ones. A good options is to invest in a vacuum bag to get the best out of your luggage space. Small items like underwear, shirts, socks or electronics, can be fitted on the sides of your luggage, use all space available, and this includes putting them inside shoes. To avoid any spills, put on your toiletries inside zip-bags.