by Mothership on June 7, 2015

We leave at dawn on Friday. Nobody except me is glad about the hour of departure but I love getting up early to make long drives and getting a good three hours in before stopping for breakfast. I’ve started to pack clothes for myself and the children, trying to strike the right balance between packing light and not having to wash out the same pair of knickers and t shirt every night, and I’ve acquired a number of essential items (at least that’s what I told myself whilst gleefully pressing ‘One Click Order’ on Amazon) to ensure road-tripping is a pleasant and streamlined experience. In as much as it can be with a tween, an eight year old boy and blistering heat. Here is what I have so far:

A travel kettle (this is America. They NEVER have them in hotels)

A teapot and teabags

A cooler for the car that runs on 12v power and has an adaptor to work on A/C

A mini clothes line you can string up anywhere

A bottle of bourbon for my dad

A first aid kit

Bottles of drinking water (driving through the desert!)

A roll each of loo paper and kitchen towel

Wet wipes

A thermos, for tea. (notice a theme?)

Every kind of pill for every kind of conceivable ailment. Just in case.

An inflatable mattress and sleeping bag for when we just don’t want to share a bed with one of the kids.


I will report on the usefuless of toting these items with us as I go. If you have any essentials to suggest, please do!
I’ll check in again once we’re on the road





1 Iota June 7, 2015 at 11:39 pm

Don’t forget tea, will you?

2 London City (mum) June 8, 2015 at 6:54 am

Picnic rug.
Pack of playing cards.

Just because.


3 Mothership June 8, 2015 at 11:55 am

Good idea! I have both and will pack xo

4 Mothership June 9, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Iota, I have fifty tea bags for the trip out and Husband will arrive in Virginia bearing more after a conference in the UK. We are SORTED! I have to admit my geography of the US was a little shaky before planning this trip so you are not alone xo

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