I better get cracking. I started this blog one month before my road trip so I could get used to the technology and stop doing things like putting my thumb in front of the lens. I am not there yet. But I can’t wait anymore. Today I need to start an inventory of my trip essentials. I don’t think it will be hard because my car has under 7 cubic feet of cargo space. Some cars have less space, such as the Fiat 500 or the Mini Cooper. But when they fold their seats down their cargo space nearly doubles. My car has no backseats to fold down, not even dummy seats like a Porsche 911. There is a plastic groove behind each seat, perfect for a pocket book.
But I’m not whining about the limited space (yes I am). I look forward to simplifying my life. If I bring too much stuff on the trip I will spend half my time packing and unpacking things and looking for things.
My essential items are a small tent, sleeping bag, bedroll, small pot and utensils, hairspray (I said bear spray but AutoCorrect changed it, and this balding crew cutted guy likes it), lantern, flare gun, taser, first aid kit, and my AAA card. I have roadside assistance from Nissan, AAA and Geico. Should anything happen they all get a call and it’s a race for my affections.
As for clothing, I will try to create a little sartorial Noah’s Ark in a small gym bag. Two of everything. I’ll up the ante on underwear. Bringing essential toiletries but will need to decide what’s essential. American Crew hair cream for frizz control and shine?
Use the comments feature to tell me if there is anything else I should absolutely bring. I already have a little Garmin GPS, which I love. And most of my blogging, photos, and videos are taken and uploaded with my iPhone. Obviously I need a lot of chargers because the iPhone lasts for an hour or so.
Pictured are some of the Stein family license plates of past. The Utah and Nevada plates were on my dad’s car while he was in the army testing nuclear bombs. I’m sure they’re not still radio active and having them in my bedroom is a great idea.