Posts tagged ‘road trip’
A Week in Review
Settling back into regular life after a vacation is never easy. Along with reprogramming your body to understand that 3 fried meals a day paired with 1-2 cocktails is not normal, getting back into the work groove is not only painful but dulling. I cannot tell you how many times I sat down to a blank document this week and stared at it for twenty minutes before realizing that I was zoning out and not writing anything. Hello brain! Are you in there!?
But since it’s Friday and we’re all hopefully getting a bit of a break this weekend, I thought I’d share a few snapshots from my vacation last week since I ran into some technically difficulties last Friday and was unable to post anything. So here you have it, 8 pics of my road trip from Fernandina, Florida to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. Just looking through them has me wondering: is it 5pm yet? Cheers!
// photos by me and Todd Shaffer
I just returned from an 8 day road trip with two boys, traveling from Jacksonville to New Orleans. Having grown up with two older brothers, I’m more than accustomed to being the only girl in the group. I’m an expert at changing my clothes underneath a towel (it’s all about the shimmy). I can get ready in 10 minutes. And should it be that certain time of the month, they won’t hear a peep about it — unless I choose to announce it, which I often do. Live out loud! But when it comes to what’s in my suitcase, there’s just no way I’m going to limit myself to the packing of the average male. Or so I thought.
While enjoying a heaping plate of eggs and hash browns in St. Augustine, Florida, one of the gents turned to me and asked, “just out of curiosity, for my own personal knowledge, how many shoes did you bring?” Personal knowledge? Yeah right. This was a fully loaded question and I felt the pressure like my hash brown-filled stomach pushing against the button of my jeans. I knew he was waiting for an absurd answer and honestly I have been known to pack six shoes for a three day trip, so the question wasn’t totally absurd. But in terms of footwear, I did limit myself for this trip (in terms of underwear however, I stand by the rule that you should always pack double the amount of days — you just never know). I kept in mind that heels would be unnecessary and stuck to four comfortable basics for the eight day beachy adventure. One pair of sneakers. A pair of flip flops. A pair of running shoes (which were never used). And a nicer set of sandals for nights out in New Orleans. That’s it! Nothing crazy. Yet I still felt like he thought I’d overpacked. Insecurity was taking its toll.
In the book of packing etiquette (does this exist?), I wonder, what constitutes the “right” amount of shoes for a trip? A quick Google search led me to a Glamour article where the writer confessed to packing 8 pairs of a shoes for a week long trip. Since she works in fashion and was packing for Paris Fashion Week, I’m going to go ahead and say this isn’t a “standard” packing situation, even though I 100% support it. I texted a group of five girlyfriends asking them how many pairs they would pack for an 8-day trip. The resounding answer was 3-4 pairs. I then asked a few bro-y boys who confidently said two. So, in girl world, I’m pretty average. In boy world, I’m above average. What do I make of this? Absolutely nothing other than that my packing was completely reasonable, even if I lied and actually packed five pairs instead of four and went to bed each night dreaming of when my feet would be back in five-inch stilettos. Shh…don’t tell.
So what’s your average shoe-to-day ratio when packing for a trip?
Some of my best memories are from road trips with friends. With the weather starting to feel more and more like spring, I can’t help but be reminded of those long drives with the windows down, listening to good music, and feeling that in some way we were escaping whatever drama or frustration that was surrounding us at that time. I’ve driven across the country twice, up and down the California coast a number of times (highway 1 is my personal favorite) and have more recently taken my excursions along the east coast, and each experience has a unique memory of its own that that I will cherish forever.
It’s no news that I’m always thinking of little weekend getaways or adventures to go on, and right now all I can think about is packing up a car and hitting the road. Where to? I’m not sure. But some of the best adventures are when you don’t know where you’re going.
If you could go anywhere on a road trip right now, where would you go?
– photos via tumblr
Hit the Road
Tomorrow morning, Jennie and I will be hitting the road and embarking on our journey down to Manchester, Tennessee for Bonnaroo!
Not to toot my own horn but when it comes to packing for trips, I’m about as organized as you can get. I always have a giant check-off list and lay everything out on my bed before I put it into my suitcase. Although we still have yet to buy lots of Bonnaroo essentials (i.e. food, charcoal, a tarp, bug spray, etc.), the tent, cooler, and chairs are loaded up into the car as well as my festival clothing, accessories, and other trinkets and treasures. And, those are the most important things, right?
• in the bag •
I think I’ve got just about everything that I mentioned in this post, along with some other necessities like my headbands, sleeping bag, sunglasses, some toiletries, and bathing suits. I bought all of my dresses at Forever21 and am in love with all their different prints. From the delicate blue roses to the wild tribal patterns, I can’t wait to throw these on and romp around the 700 acre field listening to live music.
Among my “must-see” bands are: Neon Indian, Mayer Hawthorne & the County, the xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The National, Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips performing Dark Side of the Moon, LCD Soundsystem, Jimmy Cliff, Stevie Wonder, The Dead Weather, Jay Z, Thievery Corporation, Ween and Dave Matthews Band. But there are SO many other bands that I can hardly wait to see.
So my darling readers, I will not be back on Runway Hippie until next Tuesday, and I will miss you all dearly! But I promise to take lots of photos and come back with a full report of Bonnaroo and all of my wonderful experiences.