Today, we’re sharing our May favorite things dedicated completely to travel essentials!
One of the best things about summer is the freedom to take more road trips. I’m definitely itching to get out and about again and I know so many of you are too!
This year we’re celebrating a back-to-basics kind of season which has me all kinds of excited.
In addition to enjoying a slower pace of life, we’re hitting the road to discover small towns and darling hole-in-the-wall places favored by the locals. I can’t wait!
While we’re still trying to figure out how best to manage Piper in the car, we know traveling with pets is the kind of thing where practice makes perfect (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself anyway 😂).
Now that our first official summer road trip is on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to share the travel essentials that help make our trips easier.
Here’s a look at our favorite travel essentials….
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A Bit More About Our May Favorites: Travel Essentials
Harness – We’re on our 4th harness with Piper and this is the one she seems to like the best. She chewed the straps off 2 of them, broke the straps on 1, and refused to wear her hiking harness altogether 🤦♀️
Given a lot of places are becoming more and more pet-friendly, a good harness is a travel essential must-have!
Leash – This leash is a little heavier than the ones we’ve had in the past but it’s really easy to use.
Bonus, I don’t worry she’s going to get tangled up or break free when she sees a car or another animal.
Car Seat – We’ve had to do a lot of car training and so far, this seat is holding up well. It’s easy to install and simple to clean.
The only thing I don’t love is that the front of the car seat is open a bit which makes it very tempting for Piper to try and hop out. Thankfully, there is a sturdy seatbelt to help keep her in place.
ChomChom Pet Hair Remover – If you’re a pet owner, you already know how important it is to stay on top of pet hair. With over 67 K reviews the ChomChom is a great way to keep pet hair off furniture.
Personalized Drink Tumbler – I’ve used this tumbler almost daily since receiving it as a Christmas present. Not only does it travel well, but it also helps to cut down on the number of glasses we’re using up throughout the day.
Bonus, I know exactly which tumbler is mine which is important when you’re in a big family.
Bite Box – If you’re a family that likes to snack on the road, this bite box just might become a travel essential fan favorite!
Roadside Emergency Kit – No matter what kind of car you drive, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit handy.
First Aid Box – I’ll never forget the time we came upon a bad car accident and my Dad had to help administer first aid to several of the passengers.
Ever since that day, I’ve made it a point to carry a first aid box in my car and a small first aid kit in my purse.
Packing Cubes – I bought these packing cubes for my sister several years ago and she loved them so much she bought a set for each child and her husband too!
Toiletry Case – I also bought that same sister is hanging toiletry case and she still raves about it.
Backseat Organizer – One of my girlfriends has this set up for her kids and I’m always amazed at how organized it keeps her car.
Portable Sound Machine – Piper is extremely sensitive to loud and unfamiliar noises and will work herself into a frenzy when spooked.
We used this sound machine on a trial run at my parent’s house. Thankfully, it worked like a charm and Piper slept through the night which makes it a travel essential must-have.
Tee Shirt Dress – I’m pretty low-key when it comes to fashion. So, traveling with easy to put-together outfits like tee shirt dresses is always my go-to.
You can literally dress them up or down in no time!
Sneakers – Unless you’re staying solely on the beach, it’s always a good idea to have a pair of sneakers you love.
Almost my entire family wears some sort of New Balance sneaker and they have for years.
Polish – I usually keep my polish like I keep my wardrobe, super simple. This color goes with everything and looks good on all shades of skin color too.
Studs – I’m constantly checking my ears to see if my earrings are still in place which inevitably leads me to lose one or both.
These studs look just as fabulous as my real studs and have multiple notches on the post to help keep them secure.
Summer Travel Plans…
Whether you’re enjoying a summer slow down at the beach, hiking new trails in the mountains, or traveling cross country to add more stamps to your National Parks Passport book now is a great time to get out and about!
It’s been really exciting to see so many people sharing their photos from trips they had planned before the pandemic finally coming to fruition.
Several of the places we usually visit have been booked through the Fall season and my pod says the tourist town they live in has never been busier!
I know this weekend is a big weekend for traveling too so I hope this travel essentials list has helped.