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May 23, 2014


roadtrip essentials

I get to go on a little road trip this weekend, and I am so excited. Things have been so crazy and stressful at my house, getting outta town, even just for day, sounds delightful. Also I have welcomed the distraction and had fun pinning and planning my trip.

So I have put together a little list of my roadtrippin’ essentials:

You can’t really go anywhere with a pair of sunnies. However, you definitely cannot go on a road trip without! I am a believer in buying cheap sunglasses, that way you can afford multiple pairs and styles (can you imagine how boring that collage above would have been if I was wearing the same $200 pair of Raybans in every photo?). And if the sunglasses are inexpensive, it doesn’t hurt as bad when you break them. But it still hurt a little when they are a super cute pair!
You gotta bust out the tunes! Not only because entertainment like music makes the time travel so much faster, and is pretty much the only entertainment that the driver can enjoy (obvs no puzzles or movie watching for me!) but because it is simply essential to a Great American Oregon Southern Oregon Road Trip. Plus you get extra points for singing at the top of your lungs while the window is down and your hair is whipping around like a helicopter (or does that only happen to me?)
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There are two fundamental choices when it comes to food.
You can prep and pack and bring your own food, or you can say screw it, pick up some overpriced chips, candy and jerky at a truck stop, and stop to eat on the road. Let’s be honest here, we’ve all done both. I prefer the first option, and that is what I am doing on this trip. You can check out Sarah’s post about what she is bringing, I am going to bring my own set of snacks, and a lunch to boot.
A map doesn’t have to be a traditional fold out style map. But there should be a little thought put into where you are going when you are roadtripping. For this trip, I downloaded a great new app called Roadtrippers, it creates a map that you can add multiple stops to, and shows you places that you can stop on the way. I also consulted the Travel Oregon website and found a covered bridge scenic byway that we can take and stop at 6 covered bridges! Yay for destinations!


You simply cannot leave home on a road trip without a camera! Luckily these day, no one would head out without their cell phone, so you’ve got a built in camera. If I had a nicer camera, I would bring it, but I don’t, so I am just bringing my iPhone and I’ll probably throw one of my plastic cameras in my bag too.

Lastly, and most importantly (well, I might argue that a playlist is as important!) you’ve got to have some good company for a successful road trip! Luckily, my friend Sarah and I are great at going on adventures together. She was available, thus I was able to turn a day of a lot of driving, into a fun filled road trip! And there is no anxiety about how much fun we will have together, if we’ll get along trapped in a car for 12 hours, or anything like that. As they say, this ain’t our first rodeo!

So Sarah, Nick (my husband) and I will head out in the morning, and we will drive nonstop down to Sunny Valley for the business part of the trip. There we will drop Nick off with his Grandfather and Sarah and I will start heading North on the fun leg of our trip! First we will stop by a little restaurant called Heaven On Earth in Azalea, this is per a special request from my mother for some marionberry jam. Then we are going to head to Wildlife Safari, in Winston, and commune with the bears. Then theres a little historic soda shop we are going to check out in Oakland, Tolly’s. And after that it’s onto the covered bridges outside Cottage Grove.

Are we missing any must stop at attractions? Please let me know in the comments below if we are!

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  • Reply Melinda Ott

    Great post! We have the great American roadtrip coming up this summer–3 weeks in a minivan with 2 kids….yikes! But, I think it will be fun!

    May 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Renée @ The Good Hearted Woman

    One of the things I love about a good road trip is the chance to live in the moment. It's all about the journey. Have your general route planned, but be ready to stop on a dime and check out whatever looks interesting. We find the most wonderful places and people that way.

    May 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply marlynn

    How fun!! We used to do the drive between Ashland and Portland a lot and I wish I could remember some cool places we stopped but really, we just loved winging it and finding new spots. Sounds like you have a good itinerary so far. Have a great time!

    May 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm
  • Reply Rosie D.

    Sounds like a blast! You will def make some memories with your kiddos. I think i got my love for roadtripping from my grandparents who drove an RV around America when I was a kid.

    May 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Rosie D.

    I completely agree about winging it! I have an idea of where we are going, but it can all change in a moments notice. The best parts of life are unplanned 🙂

    May 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Rosie D.

    I have done this drive so many times, down to Grants Pass to visit grandparents, and back, but we have never done a lot of sight seeing on the way- always been too excited to see the parents, and so ready to just be home on the way back. This may be our last trip down this way for a while, so I really want to see some of the things that I've been gazing at for years!

    May 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Yvonne King

    That is definitely the recipe for a great road trip! Don't forget jumper cables, a jack and a spare tire! Have fun!

    May 24, 2014 at 3:25 am
  • Reply Warren the Third

    Melissa loves Heaven on Earth!!! She got me hooked! They have the best Country Fried Steak Sandwich. I die!

    May 24, 2014 at 3:29 am
  • Reply Rosie D.

    Oh yes! Those are always essential and packed in my car 🙂

    May 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Rosie D.

    MMMMn, I'll have to try that next time I go!

    May 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm
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