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I have to be honest. I don’t love road trips. Or rather, I don’t love long road trips. 4 hours is about as long as I want to be stuck in a car. But over time, I’ve learned a few ways to make being in the car more tolerable for me. It really comes down to a playlist of the best road trip songs and my favorite wine for when we finally make it to our destination. Even though summer is winding down, there is still time to make sure you’ve tackled all of those things on your #SummerBucketList. Especially here on the west coast, summer is more of a state of mind and your favorite summer activities can still be enjoyed on in to fall. A few weeks ago, my friend, Alina, and I headed out on a road trip to Las Vegas. It was partly for business (a blog conference) and partly for fun – because how is it not fun to go on an adventure with one of your favorite people?! Between the road trip music and the great conversation, our time in the car was very enjoyable.
My bucket list for this summer included travel (with my family, friends and even solo!) but I don’t feel like I did nearly as much as I had hoped. As we head in to fall, I’m looking for places to head for a quick weekend away so I can keep my summer exploring going. We’re lucky that we have the beach, the mountains and the dessert all within an hour or so of driving! There are all kinds of adventures to be had before the weather gets chilly.
My Favorite Road Trip Songs + What Else I Always Bring on Trips
I’ve recently come to realize that I WAY over pack on trips, especially on road trips. But I like to know that I’ll have everything that I may need. I always pack wine, so that I know that I have my favorites with me no matter where I am staying.
On this trip, I brought JaM Butter and JaM Cabernet. I made sure the bottles were safely stored in the rear of the car. Bringing my favorite Butter helps to make my hotel room feel homier. And sometimes I’ll even bring along fresh flowers for our room. See, over packer status.
The songs on this indie rock road trip playlist also are the perfect pairing for sipping Butter or JaM Cab in the hotel room. I love that most rooms have been updated to include an iPod dock or speaker so you can play your own music when you are getting ready or relaxing. A glass of Butter and some Death Cab for Cutie make my heart happy.
To me, road trips are such a great way to step away from daily life and get inspiration from the world around you. No matter where you go, there are always plenty of things to keep you busy. I love to find a comfortable place to sit and people watch. It’s entertaining and free. While I love to travel with my kids, I also love to get away with friends once in a while. Getting to step out of the mom role for a minute really helps me to reset.Another way I reset is with wine. For me, it’s about enjoying a glass with friends and chatting about what’s going on in our lives. Butter Chardonnay is rich and bold and full of flavor. If you love California wines, you’ll love this bottle! It’s easy to drink (I love the notes of stone fruits!), easy to love and perfect for sharing with friends. Some might even say it melts in your mouth!
JaM Cab is all about the red fruits! From your first sniff, you’ll pick up the berries that make this red a delicious treat. Made in the California winemaking tradition, you’ll love the full, ripe fruity flavor mixed with a hint of vanilla. I love having a bottle of this on trips. It’s perfect to pop open and toast to a fun trip as the Butter chills for later.
We made sure to take a spin down the strip to see the sites (a prime spot for people watching!) It had been years since I’d been to Las Vegas and it was cool to see how it has changed over the years. It was just as crazy as I remembered it! Luckily, we stayed in a hotel off the strip which was much more mellow. It was the perfect place to enjoy some Butter and slow down a little. You better believe that we also snuck down to the pool as soon as the conference ended. The trip couldn’t be all business especially when it was 110 degrees outside and you had two moms on their own with no kids to take care of. Especially in warm weather, Butter is my go-to.
Best Road Trip Songs Playlist
This road trip playlist is full of great songs to keep your ears happy whether you’re in the car or at your destination. It features some new stuff that I’m loving as well as a few indie rock classics. The songs are upbeat and perfect for jamming out to while you are on the road. And, of course, I had to throw in some songs with harmonies so you and your road trip pals can sing along at the top of your lungs. The last official day of summer is September 22nd, so you still have a few weeks to get out on a last-minute road trip (don’t forget to follow this road trip playlist for super easy listening on the go!). And don’t forget to bring along the Butter!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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