This might not be your typical list of road trip essentials. Most road trips last a weekend, a week, or maybe up to a month. But what would you NEED to take with you if you were on the road for a year?
This is something I have been thinking a lot about lately because we are about to do just that. We are about a month away from moving our family of five into our recently purchased 5th wheel. A huge purpose of this trip was to declutter, minimize and simplify life. We wanted to get rid of excess and keep what we really need. I am starting to think about what I really need and can fit into such a small space. (You should see how bad we are at being light packers on our previous trips, so this has me a little worried.)
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So who determines what is necessary and what is needed? That is the beauty of learning this whole minimalism thing. It is different for everyone! For some people that could mean 3 items of clothing, for some 10, and for some it could be way more, but they get use out of everything they have. I don’t want to waste space with things we don’t use because we will have very limited storage for a family with small children.
As I have been wandering through the house putting things into yard sale boxes, donating boxes, and eBay boxes, I have been picking out the things that are definitely coming with us. And here is my list of 10 road trip essentials in no particular order:
1. Crock Pot
A crock pot is one of my top road trip essentials! I just got this Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Slow Cooker this past Christmas. I love using the crock pot and was super sad the day mine died last fall. (See pic.)
Robbie did good with my Christmas present this year because I LOVE this crock pot! He ordered it on Amazon (he actually uses Amazon way more than me!) and I was super happy with the one he picked. The size is great, it has a temperature setting and you can use the thermometer that comes with it, along with a timer setting, and a low, medium, or high setting. The top will also seal tight for easy transport anywhere. I am slightly in love with it.
This is another larger item, but I will just have to make room because I can’t picture not having this with me! I use it for so many things! It’s main job has been helping me prepare all kinds of cookies over the years, but it also has made cakes and breads too. Some healthy versions, and some full-butter Betty Crocker versions. I got this mixer as a wedding present almost 10 years ago and it has gotten some great use!
I am pretty low maintenance in the hair department, as in I don’t really do a ton to it. I wash and condition it every 2-4 days and just straighten it a couple times per week. I probably don’t even need to take my blow dryer as I use it maybe once per year. But I have loved using CHI straighteners over the years. They work well and you can get a lot of use out of them.
4. Water Kefir
I have been thinking about how I am going to do this one. It might be hard to transport between stops, but I am going to try. I love making my kefir at home. Water kefir has so many great probiotics and it’s easy and way cheaper to make at home. I use these water kefir grains from Cultures For Health for my water kefir, or kefir soda as some call it. Here is a video I did recently on changing over my water kefir grains. (Sorry, the audio is low – I am not a professional with videos.) I really hope I can take it because it really is one of my top road trip essentials!
5. Knife set
My mom bought me these knives a while ago, but I honestly haven’t used them too much. They stay in a drawer and I tend to grab the ones in my knife block instead. I was thinking I don’ want the knives on the counter in the RV with the kids, so I thought these would be great to travel with. They are super sharp and each have their own cover which will be great for traveling. My husband and I have had these knives for years and love them.
This goes perfectly with the knives. I love using this little wood cutting board almost every day. It is the perfect size, easy to clean, and easy to transport. I do only use fruits and veggies on this one, and I use a separate plastic one for my meats (I don’t want meat juice to get into the wood). I do need to get better about oiling this board, but my mom usually does it for me when she visits so we will have to be sure to stop in Colorado a couple times to see her.
7. French Press
Umm – Hello. Coffee! Coffee itself could have made the list because it is definitely one of the top road trip essentials! But I went with the French Press instead. I would say they are really one and the same.
I love my morning cup of coffee and I am SO MUCH looking forward to having that cup of coffee staring at forests, mountains, beaches, and wherever else we end up on our trip. I also would call myself sorta a coffee snob. I can only drink really good coffee. Cheap, weak, acidic coffee just won’t cut it! (I order an organic, mycotoxin tested one that is infused with coconut oil and green tea – yep, coffee snob.) I started using a french press a couple years ago and I really love the strong flavor it helps me get with my coffee. The problem is the camper already has a built in coffee maker that is off the counter and is pretty nice. I am debating what to do. Would you still bring your french press?
We love being active, and that will not change on the road. Our scenery will change, but the great thing about running is you only need a pair of good running shoes and you are off! (And, a jogging stroller for us for the past four years). My latest running shoes are a pair of Saucony Ride running shoes. I usually run in Brooks Ghost shoes, but I am trying out Saucony for the first time. I will keep you posted as they only have a few miles on them so far. (I lost one of my old [still new!] shoes on the road trip to pick up the camper. It was a sad sad day to see it fly out of the back of the truck on the highway!)
I highly recommend getting yourself fitted for running shoes and not ordering them on Amazon. It could be the reason you stay injury free training for your next race. If you are local to West Orlando, check out Tri N’ Run for your next pair of shoes! They have very knowledgable people to help you find the right shoe for your feet.
9. Isagenix Nutrition
I will most definitely be bringing along my Isagenix nutrition with me. I can’t break a 7 year tradition! I honestly can’t imagine not using it daily, and people wouldn’t want to be around me if I couldn’t take my usual Ionix Supreme! (Awesome herbs for stress and hormone balance shown above – I call it my mommy survival juice.) Plus it’s an easy way to get greens into the kids (and us), when we are traveling and can’t buy produce all the time. Drop me your e-mail HERE if you would like to learn more about it and see if it is a good fit for you. I love helping people feel their absolute best, and so thankful I can do this from the road.
This goes with number 9. You need a good blender to make a good shake! We use a commercial Blendtec blender (that Robbie bough from the flea market) and while I was against it at first, I love it now. It will be traveling with us for sure! (I know it says Soy, but that is the piece Robbie bought – believe me – no Soy protein has been or will be consumed in this household. Ha)
After I made this list I realized 8 out of the 10 road trip essentials were kitchen and food-related items. I guess you can see where my priorities are! 🙂 I love good food!
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