Top 10 Essential Road Trip Necessities

Today ‘s Top 10 is My Top 10 Essential Road Trip Necessities. I’ve broken them down into my essential items, Hubby’s essential items, the boys’ essential items, and then the family’s essential items.

My Essential Road Trip Items:

#1 snacks

#2 camera

#3 phone and car charger

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Hubby’s Essential Road Trip Items:

#4 GPS unit – Has saved our marriage more than once when we have been on a road trip.

#5 hotel reservations

#6 money

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Boys’ Essential Road Trip Items:

#7 blanket and pillow

#8 books – The more the better.

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Family’s Essential Road Trip Items:

#9 clothes

#10 books on tape – We love listening to stories while we are driving from destination to destination.  It makes the drive seem so much faster.

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Join me next week for when I discuss my Top 10 Ice Cream Flavors.

What is something that you need for your road trips?


Have a magical day,

Morning Beach Walk 

Today’s Writer’s Workshop is perfect. I have chosen to write about the last time I wore a bathing suit.

We are currently at Folly Beach, South Carolina.

This morning I took a walk on the beach down to the fishing pier and then back to the house via the road so I could look at the houses.

The whole walk was about 2.8 miles. It took me about 90 minutes because I was stopping to take photos.

After the walk, I decided to get into the hot tub before eating breakfast.

When I got into the hot tub, I wore my bathing suit.

Here are some photos of my beach walk.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Holland, Michigan – Sunday Night – Beach and Sunset

Join me on Wednesdays for the Holland, Michigan photos. Last July, Hubby and I decided to pick up the Imaginative One and his buddy from their DeMolay‘s Conclave.  If you have not heard about DeMolay, it’s a teenage boys’ Masonic organization.  Conclave is their state meeting. We drove them from Conclave to Michigan for their […]

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Sunday Night – The Town

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Welcome To . . .

Here are a few photos from our road trip. 

When we go to different states, we love to stop at the welcome center and get photos welcoming us to the different states. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another photo or maybe photos from our road trip. 

The travel blogs of this road trip will begin in August after the Holland, Michigan blog posts are complete. 

Have a magical day,


Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas While on a Road Trip

Today I’m going to share two gluten free breakfast ideas on this blog and then two more on My Food Journey for a total of four ideas.

Since going gluten free, it’s difficult for me to find breakfast foods that are gluten free even though some hotels offer free breakfast.  Typically those free breakfasts have waffles, cereals, and pastries with limited amounts of fruit.  Sometimes there is yogurt provided also.

I’m primarily gluten free and dairy free/ lactose free so that makes it more difficult.  (I do eat some dairy.)

All of these are for road trips not when you fly unless you pack some of the breakfast items in your suitcase and check it in.

Breakfast #1 is overnight oats.

Items needed:

  • Mason Jar
  • 1/2 c. Gluten free oats (rolled oats)
  • 1 c. Milk of your choice (almond, cashew, soy, or coconut)
  • 2 tsp. Seeds or nuts
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon or other spices (vanilla powder, cardamon, or even nutmeg)
  • 1 to 2 tsp. sweetener (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar)

Optional Items:

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. freeze dried fruit or dried fruit


  1. Place all of the items in the mason jar.
  2. Stir up or shake the jar once you put the lid on the mason jar.
  3. Place in the fridge in your room or a cooler that has ice in it overnight.
  4. The next day take the jar out of the fridge or cooler.
  5. Enjoy cold or allow to come up to room temperature.

I use freeze dried blueberries or peaches and almond slices in my oatmeal.

I buy small containers of almond milk for the breakfasts.

I also add some unsweetened applesauce in my overnight oatmeal.


Breakfast #2 is hard boiled eggs.

Before you leave for your road trip, boil some eggs.  Make sure to store them in a cooler with ice.  Eat the eggs with some of the fruit from the free breakfast.  If you are not dairy free, also eat some yogurt for a more balance breakfast.

You can also find already cooked boiled eggs at places like Trader Joes and sometimes gas stations.

Here are two ways I boil eggs in my house:

When you are ready to eat the hard boiled eggs, place the egg in a mason jar with water.  Place the lid back on the mason jar.  Shake for about 30 seconds to a minute.  The shell will come off easily.

Please go to my other blog – My Food Journey for two more road trip hotel breakfasts.

Happy eating,




Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The Way Down

The First Night

The next morning, Mom decided she wanted to stay in the room so that I could go out and get photos of the college and Artisan Center without her hindering me.  (It takes her longer to walk around.)

Before I left, I had breakfast.  The motel had a continental breakfast.  I could not eat much of the food.  I took some eggs and sausage. Then I cut up an apple I had brought with me and warmed up some water for my oatmeal.


The first stop I made was to the Artisan’s Center.  We usually stop there on our way to and from Disney.  When we stopped there in 2009, we began to listen to Harry Potter.  The Imaginative One ended up listening to all seven books in the next 6 months.

There is always interesting crafts there.





After I left the Artisan Center, I drove to the town once more.  As I was driving to town, I found a decorated hand at a local bank so I stopped so I could get photos of it.


I went to the town after visiting the Artisan’s Center.


I found more of the decorated hands while in the center of town.


I also stopped in a soap store.  The lady who was working in the store was so sweet.  I ended up getting some soaps and this bath bomb.


Once again I took photos of the beautiful flowers in the center of town.


I stopped in the college bookstore and signed up for a tour of the college.  It was a free tour.

While I waited for the tour, I walked around the artisan area of the bookstore.


Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.  I’ll share more about the college in that post.

Have a magical day,