8 Tips to Road Tripping in Style


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With all of the holidays and vacations going on this time of year, many people are road tripping around the country. Although it can certainly be tempting to just throw on a pair of pajamas and coast through the next five or ten hours in the car, there’s a way to still be comfy but not look like a total slob. Save yourself some embarrassment when you stop to eat dinner or arrive at your in-laws.

This Thanksgiving, Honda loaned us an Odyssey minivan for our trip to Arizona. Besides the fact that we adored the van and all its amazing features, I also came up with a few ideas to road tripping and packing for the holidays so that you don’t look like a mess.

Click through for 8 easy tips to road tripping in style without sacrificing your comfort.

  • 8 Tips to Road Tripping in Style! 1 of 13

    Click through for a few easy tips to travel to your holiday destinations in comfort, while still looking fabulous!

  • Packing Up 2 of 13

    When packing your bag for a road trip, lay your clothing inside of the suitcase flat, each piece on top of another, unfolded (or just sleeves folded in, if necessary) to keep them as unwrinkled as possible. Rolling them up or folding them can leave creases or create wrinkles. Then stuff your shoes with socks to keep them from getting squashed and deformed. And finally, feed the chains of your necklaces through drinking straws and close the clasp for an easy way to keep them from getting tangled! 

    Now what should you pack up? Keep clicking for a few ideas that are comfortable and cute!

  • Oversized Sweaters 3 of 13

    Traveling comfortably is number one for me, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Try an oversized cardigan to keep you warm (they double as a blanket!), comfy and cute! Pair with some leggings and you're basically in pajamas, but don't look like a slob!

    Gray sweater: c/o sheinside $28.28, Aztec sweater: c/o sheinside $22.61

  • Shoes 4 of 13

    When I'm traveling for the holidays, of course I need a pair of heels for church or parties while I'm on vacation, but for riding in the car, go for shoes with ties like oxfords or converse. Flats and ankle boots work great, too. And, if you insist on wearing sandals, go for a pair with an ankle strap rather than flip flops so they don't flop off your feet while you're driving and create a safety hazard.

     Black heels: kohls $27.97, Oxfords: c/o shoedazzle $35.95, Converse: kohls $44.99, Red flats: c/o shoemint $39.99, Sandals: target (last season), Boots: c/o chicwish $47.92

  • Earrings and Bracelets 5 of 13

    Jewelry is important for me, and if you want to wear a bracelet while you're driving, go for a chunky elastic or clasp one that won't get in the way while you drive. As for earrings, go for studs rather than dangly ones for the same reason. And, of course, don't forget your watch.

     Blue bracelet: c/o inpink $38, Black bracelet: c/o hello fab $22.99, Gold cuff: c/o inpink $28, Earrings: downeast $9.99, Watch: burberry $255.55

  • Necklaces and Glasses 6 of 13

    When you're driving, go for smaller necklaces that can easily tuck into your top and don't get in the way. And don't forget your sunglasses -- they're an easy way to cover up any sleepy eyes (if you're the passenger and slept the whole way!), protect your eyes from any glare on the roads, and, of course, channel Audrey Hepburn. 

    Initial necklace: c/o paul smotry for favery $199, Bunting necklace: c/o lisa leonard $46, Diamond necklace: similar at Claire's for $14.99, Diamond strand necklace: c/o inPink $16, Sunglasses: Ray Ban $150-$200 and similar at Target $6.48

  • Hair – Bun 7 of 13

    Keep your hair out of your face and eyes during your road trip with a few easy hairdos! First up, the messy bun. You could do a sock bun, too, but messy buns already look messy, so you don't have to worry about a little extra mess from sitting in the car all day. 

  • Hair – Pony 8 of 13

    If you're sitting in the car all day, a regular ponytail is going to bump against your seat when you rest your head back. So instead, go for a high or low pony to keep your hair out of your face, but still cute. 

  • Hair – Braid 9 of 13

    A braid is always a top choice for me when riding in the car because it's easy, comfortable to sleep on, and can easily be redone without a mirror. 

  • Hair – Clip It 10 of 13

    If you do want your hair down, clip it back with a pretty little clip so it stays out of your face. 

    Find a similar clip at Forever 21 for $2.80

  • Load Up the Car 11 of 13
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    The Honda Odyssey is packed and ready to go!

  • Let’s Go! 12 of 13

    Time to go! Comfy and chic in my oversized sweater, leggings, cute tennis shoes and messy bun, and unburdened with my simple accessories of a watch, delicate necklace, and sunglasses. Ready for road tripping the country in comfortable style!

    Leggings: forever 21, Top: c/o kiki la'rue, Cardigan: downeast $26.99, Sunglasses: similar at TargetInitial necklace: c/o paul smotry for favery $199

  • Enjoy! 13 of 13

    Now hit the road knowing that while traffic and weather might be a problem, comfort and style won't!

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