Road Trip Essentials for Any Destination

When you hit the road, you want to make sure you have everything you may need because there is no turning back, but what exactly is everything? Here is some insight on the pack and do-not-pack items you have always wanted to know.

1—Clothing. This is probably the most important thing because when you are snapping all those pictures for Instagram, you want to look good. I always try to fit my style to the places I go to, for instance: if I’m going to New York, I’ll try and dress very clean and polished by packing some comfy, chic shoes and pairing it with a sundress or solid shirt and patterned pants. If I’m going westward, I’ll probably pack some jeans and add some flannel over a classic graphic T-shirt. Wherever you are going, try and pack light because you will buy souvenirs and you will run out of room in your suitcase. I’ll normally pack two pairs of pants that match all the shirts in my suitcase and a couple dresses for variety. The shoes you choose depend on what you plan on doing. If you are hiking and doing outdoorsy things, stick with a pair of Vans or boots. If you are strutting the streets of a city, wear some comfy flats or a pair of mules.

2—Electronics. Cameras are your best friends on road trips. Pack every single one and get a camera bag from a thrift store if need be! This is a must because when you are long gone from the places you visited, you will want to look back on the moments you cherished throughout your trip. In addition, I pack my laptop on every trip because it comes in handy for storing pictures and editing them. Of course, don’t forget your phone. How else will you make all your friends jealous on social media while you’re on an adventure of a lifetime?

3—The little things. I always try and pack little things besides electronics to keep me busy on the road in a small backpack. A deck of cards is always a good choice to keep yourself and some friends and family members entertained. Pack some snacks like goldfish or popcorn to munch on when you’re hungry. The little things don’t necessarily have to entertain you in the car; they can also entertain you when you get to your destination! You could pack a travel-sized hammock to set up and lay amongst the mountains or a longboard so you can cruise on the coast. The little things vary and depend on your likes but be sure not to forget them because the little things matter!

These are the main three categories I think of when packing and I hope this helps with whatever trip you are going on. Adventure on, my friends!

Going on a road trip? Tell us what’s in your suitcase in the comments below!

Wearing Your Best at a Music Fest

Summer is the time for freedom, thrilling activities, and fun with friends. One activity fills all three of these elements: a music festival. Music festivals are a time to let your hair down and feel the music from artists on a whole new level, but with this comes a different and unique style that people look forward to seeing on others and wearing themselves. Add zest to your music fest wardrobe by following these simple steps.

1—Don’t be afraid to raid your mom’s closet.

Your parents were also at one point pretty hip (I know, hard to believe!) and grew up with some of the most iconic artists in music history. Look for any old band or logo T-shirts they may have saved or even some vintage patchwork or distressed denim they probably paired their old Morrissey T-shirt with. We normally get our body build from our parents, so odds are that your 19-year-old self will fit their once-19-year-old self. Take advantage of that and you will be sure to stand out and rock the true vintage look you are going for.

2—Find statement pieces.

Whether it be metallic pants, tassel earrings, or a skin showing crop top, make sure you add a piece to your outfit that draws the eye. This pulls the attention of anyone who passes you and makes your outfit interesting to look at. Not only will you feel like a trendsetter, but you will also catch the eye positively of everyone around you and make them say, “Wow.”

3—Keep things simple but interesting.

How do you do this you may ask? You pair solid colors with your statement pieces. Say you have a really intensely patterned vest (which is totally a statement piece). Grab a plain blouse and some solid colored shorts to pair it with. This makes the viewer attract their eyes to what you really want people to see: your statement piece! Not only are you balancing your outfit but you’re also keeping people from seeing your outfit as too overwhelming or nonsensical.

4—Add some interesting jewelry.

When it comes to jewelry, there are pretty interesting rings, earrings, and necklaces. Top your look off with a lacy choker, turquoise earrings, or even an intricate armband. Adding jewelry really pieces together your look and adds that perfect finishing touch.

By following these steps, your outfit is guaranteed to catch the eyes of those around you while jamming out to your favorite up-and-coming artists. Take these steps and choose pieces and outfits that represent you because that’s what fashion does after all. Let those around you be inspired by your sense of style and creativity and be a trendsetter for music fests to come!

How do you style yourself for a weekend full of rad music? Let me know in the comments below!