How to pack everything for a road trip and head up to the beach

How we did it with a Convertible Mini Cooper

A Road Trip

Is a Mini Cooper large enough for travel? Think again! Brittany Brexit is amazing. Lhom and I drive to Ogunquit or anywhere else, with chairs, an umbrella, a cooler, and suitcases. The whole shebang. One of my friends doubted it, but after several escapades, we proved ourselves.

My dream of a trip to the beach with my miniature car forced me to reconsider my convictions. I share with you a summary of the inner sermon with which I chastised myself.

“Phrenssynnes, can’t you part with your blow dryer, shampoo, and your entire beauty kit?”

Accept a not-so-perfect hair and makeup look. Who knows? As you rack your brains to minimize your baggage, you may discover tricks to make your life easier, even in your usual routine. Let go of your crazy and let your hair curl.

You’re going on a vacation!

You’re not a professional model going on a photo shoot and you won’t be posing on the cover of a magazine.

And you don’t have to bring your entire wardrobe.

Boucler son mini bolide(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

Tips and tricks for a happy road trip

 

After this reframing, here are the satisfying tips and compromises I’ve developed and discovered along the way.

 

diffuseur de voyage(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

Hair dryer tip

Are you familiar with this item? It’s a tip that a colleague passed on to me. You insert it at the end of the dryer. It replaces the huge diffuser you use at home. Yep, you need to convince yourself to use the hair dryer provided at your accommodation.

Road trip compromises.

Focus on as little makeup as possible. Do you bring an eyebrow pencil? I don’t. However, I bring at least two tubes of lipstick. Ah! ah! You know I love it.

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Check with your cosmetician to see if she can sell you the solid instead of a liquid version of your soap or other favourite product.

Taking a bike trip to a different continent is the height of minimalism. I know friends who love this and they have inspired me. They use their sunscreen as a moisturizer and their only makeup becomes a mascara stick! Period. I’m not that extreme, but you get the idea.

Buy travel-sized sanitary products. Put liquid bottles in a double bag to avoid messes in the suitcase.

I place belts on the bottom of the luggage.

Wear your bulky shoes during the trip. Don’t put them in the suitcase.

You’ll think I’m annoying, but the only piece of jewelry I bring is what I wear.

You download your reading material to your tablet or e-reader.

How to pack a suitcase for a road trip

I suggest this folding technique to store your clothes in a suitcase. It will be easier for you to view your clothes. Roll up larger items like pants and parkas. You can use rubber bands so they are tighter and don’t unroll.

I try to think of a multi-layer system rather than bringing a warmer windbreaker.

première étape(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)
faire un rectangle(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)
étape de pliage(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)
pliage de tee-shirt(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)
tee-shirt étape finale (crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

Favour light fabric clothing that will dry quickly if needed.

Remember to bring a dedicated laundry bag.

I don’t use packing cubes in the suitcase because I find it takes up space.

I put socks in shoes and shoes in a bag so I don’t get my laundry dirty. You can put your underwear in a hat or a pocket.

Choose colour-coordinated outfits so you can mix and match.

If possible, use transparent pouches for your beauty and hygiene products. It’s quicker and more convenient when you can see through them.

We found a soft, foldable cooler.

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Packing for the road trip

 

We split our luggage into a large suitcase and a baise-en-ville-style travel bag (I find this French expression so funny!) We put the suitcase in the back seat and the more flexible travel bag in the trunk.

Empaquetage de l'auto 4 (crédit photo Phrenssynnes)
Sac de voyage(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

 

The beach chairs fit in the space between the front and rear seats. We store diagonally the parasol. The roof of the car opens and closes without hindrance.

Empaquetage de l'auto 3(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)
Empaquetage de l'auto1(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

Think and plan before your road trip

Think about it and discuss it with your friends. You will find acceptable compromises.

 I know you plan what suit you. Everyone has their priorities.

 The principle of a trip is to get a change of scenery, to discover new landscapes. Getting away from our daily routine is a great way to dust ourselves off.

 Especially, after these years of the pandemic.

Photo by Lhom

My husband, Lhom selects a photo every week on Phrenssynnes’ blog. Here is the one he chooses for this post. Equinox Pound in Vermont.

Equinox Pound au Vermont(crédit photo Lhom)

What about you? What are your tips? Did I forget any? Don’t hesitate, I love reading your comments.

I wish you a good trip.

Phrenssynnes

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Road Trip Lovers Here Is the Destination You Should Visit.

Lenox, Massachusetts

Are you familiar with the town of Lenox, Massachusetts?

New England is not just about Old Orchard Beach or Ogunquit.

My husband and I visited Lenox a few years ago and went back recently. And this time with Brittany Brexit because it is a good area for a convertible road trip.

I suggest the town of Lenox as a place to stay. This little town is halfway between Albany, New York and Springfield, Massachusetts. We went there in the fall, but it is a great vacation destination to discover in the summer. It is about a five-hour drive from Montreal and three-hour from New York. If you are driving from the Big Apple, route number 7 is delightful.

Hiking activities near Lenox

This area is a paradise for those who love to walk in the mountains.
Appalachian Trail
You can hike a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail, an approximately 3500 km long hiking trail between Maine and Georgia.


Kennedy Park

Lenox, un bel endroit (crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

Kennedy Park is a forest owned by the city of Lenox. There is approximately 24 km of groomed trails, a place for walking or picnicking.


Olivia’s Overlook

You can also hike at Olivia’s Overlook. You will enjoy the view with the stimulating hike.

ViewOlivia's Overlook (credit photo Phrenssynnes)

Massachusett Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

This place is quite an easy walk. However, it is an extraordinary place to observe the fauna. We saw deer and birds. You may see beavers if you are lucky. Even though we only saw their houses. I was also impressed by the trees eaten by the beavers.

Cultural visit In Lenox, Massachusetts

 

We loved the Lenox area for its rich history and culture.


Herman Melville house

Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, lived in the town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, from 1850 to 1863. It is about a ten-minute drive north of Lenox. Make sure you wear good shoes because you can walk on the same trails that Melville walked on during that time!

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Edith Wharton lived in Lenox

In Lenox, you can visit The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton, the 19th-century American writer. She lived there for about a decade; the house is glorious. She wrote Ethan Frome in this magnificent mansion. Henry James visited her in the early 1900s.

I love to read, before my travel, novels set in the places I am visiting.
Here you have two suggestions for reading before your trip if you would like to do the same as me.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood is the summer concert hall of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Before you leave home, check the schedule at Tanglewood, as you may see a performance there by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which performs there during the summer.

assiette et livre de Rockwell(crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

Norman Rockwell

Do you like Norman Rockwell? You will recognize his style in the photos of these souvenirs I brought back. Do not hesitate to explore his museum in nearby Stockbridge. As you see his studio while visiting, you will understand why this artist chose this location to create. Nature is so beautiful.

Botanical Garden

In Stockbridge, a bit further north, you may visit the Berkshire Botanical Garden. We did not stop by, but the garden is open from the first of May until the end of October.


Ventfort Hall

Another place not to be missed to complete your stay is Ventfort Hall. It is an extraordinary Jacobethan-style mansion built for the sister of J. P. Morgan, an American banker and financier who died in 1913.

VentfortHall (crédit photo Phrenssynnes)

The Berkshire region is a good destination if you are like me and love literature, hiking and road trips.

Have you ever been there? 

Phrenssynnes

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Who the hell is Brittany Brexit?

Red, shiny and very British, I am Phrenssynnes’ gleaming mini-Cooper.  I was conceived in Oxford, United Kingdom. Yes, my dear, in 2016 at the same time as Phrenssynnes was visiting the famous university.  Bloody hell! We could have met! She had to wait until the day of the Brexit vote for my great Atlantic crossing to end and for her to finally lay eyes on me.

Mini Cooper

Brittany Brexit et le fleuve Saint-Laurent
Brittany Brexit et le fleuve Saint-Laurent

Now you know where my name comes from. I will take you to the beautiful places that Phrenssynnes and Lhom have shown me since I arrived in America. Click here, to read more about our adventures.

See you soon.

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