Five Friday Favorites: Road Trip Edition


I have always loved road trips, and these are a few of my favorite things to have on hand when my family hits the open road!

1. Insulated Tumbler

I learned a long time ago that life is a whole lot better on road trips when I stay hydrated! Full disclosure, I’ll usually take up two cup holders – one for my coffee and one for my insulated tumbler filled with ice water. I also tend to take a few gallons of water along with us to drink throughout the trip.


2. Car Trash Bag

Kids are messy. It’s a fact. Having this car trash can has helped keep the mess to a minimum in the car, not just on road trips but also in everyday life! I line it with plastic bags from the grocery store and keep ours between the 2nd-row seats, but it has a strap you can use to hang it multiple places in the car. I’m a little embarrassed just how excited I am over a car trash can!


3. Roadside Emergency Kit

I am a firm believer that everyone needs a roadside emergency kit in their car. Mine has been pieced together through the years, but you can get some great kits online. I keep my seatbelt cutter/window hammer in the front, but the rest of the items are stored in a small plastic tub with a lid in the back of the car.


4. Car Snacks

A road trip isn’t a road trip without snacks. I usually buy several things at the store and then let them make their own “snack bags” from those items. I’ve done this for years, and it works well for us. I’ll put extras in a plastic shoebox and take those too. I tend to let them pick out things we don’t normally keep on hand at home. Strawberry Pop-Tarts are a road trip favorite!


5. Spotify

I’ll be honest, Spotify will probably be on all my “favorite things” lists! We have satellite radio for the car, but there is nothing like a good road trip playlist. My best friend and I would make mixtapes for road trips we would take together, and that tradition stands today. My children know that all trips will start with “the playlist,” and while they might grumble, too bad. I’m playing it anyway!

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A lifelong resident of Lubbock, Katy loves living in the Hub City, despite the dust storms and heat waves! Katy loves cheering on the Red Raiders, holding both her bachelor's and master's degrees in business from Texas Tech. She also loves the art of dance, having started on the stage at the age of three and has many years of dance teaching experience as well. Growing up an only child did not completely prepare her for raising three energetic boys but she loves them to infinity and beyond! At home, Katy can often be found curled up with the cat and a good book, but more than likely she’ll be creating in the kitchen. Katy appreciates a good cup of coffee any time of day. She also has a slight obsession with true crime podcasts and documentaries. One of her recent adventures has been starting Kidpreneur Lubbock, giving local youth the opportunity to start and run their own business at a one-day marketplace. She also homeschools her children and is still a number-cruncher by trade while working from home. Katy is excited and proud to be part of the Lubbock Moms Community! Favorite Lubbock Restaurant: Thai Thai Favorite Landmark: Texas Tech Seal and Fountain Favorite Lubbock Tradition: Carol of Lights at Texas Tech University