Summer road trips are a favorite love. As a kid, I looked forward to them every year as they were this special time dedicated to exploring. I have some pretty great memories from them. Sometimes we went far, sometimes not so far.... but it was the ritual and excitement of being together on the road on an adventure that I loved/love.
One of the things I noticed about my current road trip experience is this strange preparatory stage where I build this ever growing 'what to bring/pack' list. With the constraint of flying and my vow to never check luggage I am excellent at staying disciplined (I have pre-made lists based on the climate of my destination). But, road trips are another story, my list keeps expanding - I pack with the mindset of 'there is always more room in the trunk for more things'. I tell myself it is totally acceptable (& normal) since sometimes a quarter of my luggage is photography related (yes, I have been known to bring 4 cameras - not smart at all because truly I only end up shooting with one).
When I really zero in on what I will use everyday, the above represents my top choices. Something easy and fun to wear, sun protective accessories and things for making and reading - kind of all you need to enjoy your summer journey.