Road Tripping This Summer? What To Pack In Your Bag

I’m headed to New Orleans for the music festival next weekend and I am EXCITED!!! I go every year with my mom and sister(s). This year, I decided to drive because it’s actually only about 6 hours from ATL + these plane tickets were through the roof! So I thought…why not road trip it!! I am not limited to what I can bring and it makes life easier, not to mention it’s a nice, easy drive and I can be on my own time! (Maybe do some thrifting on the way).

Are you headed to New Orleans next weekend too? I would love to meet you!  I’ll be hanging with Motions Hair Care so join us at the #MotionsStyleBar at The W hotel on Poydras July 6th and 7th . RSVP today  They will have special guests Hosea Chanchez, MC Lyte, & Rocsi Diaz so you won’t want to miss this!

So what do you bring in your bags?

  • Sunscreen!!! I cannot “bold” that enough! Black people do get sunburn!!! I have had sunburn many times and I know several people (of all shades of brown) who have as well.  I need sunscreen for my body, I prefer the sprays because its not all thick and milky and ashy looking on our skin. For the face, I prefer a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it…or better yet, a BB cream (since it’s a tint, a moisturizer, and has SPF all in one).
  • Hair Accessories I cannot forget to bring all of my accessories. I have been places forgetting my accessories and I have to run to the nearest Walgreens when I arrive in the city! I need bobby pins, elastic headbands, cute headbands, all of the new trendy head gear!
  • Makeup Bag– Believe it or not, I have forgotten my makeup bag on a couple of trips so this is usually the first thing I put in my bag when I am packing.  I still keep it light! I don’t want to have a ton of stuff on my hotel counter and make it all cluttered + I will take forever trying to decide if I bring too many options.  I bring one foundation that works for me in the summer when I get browner, one universal blush, one bronzer, an eye palette with multiple tones, eyeliner, mascara, a couple of lipglosses, and of course makeup wipes!! Makeup wipes is a priority for me.
  • Hair Products! Of course to me, hair products is the biggest thing! I don’t want to bring too many products like I have in my bathroom…but I need enough for styling and then some for emergency fixes. It’s going to be HOT in New Orleans, so I need humidity fighting products so my curls can pop and be frizz free! I also need a pomade like the Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade for those quick fixes. I have to be prepared when it comes to hair!!!
  • I always skip bringing the body products. I just rock with whatever the hotel has. Typically nice hotels have great brands that provide their shower gels and body moisturizers! That’s one less thing for my bag!
  • It’s hot so I need my sunglasses. My eyes are totally sensitive to light so I have to wear sunglasses especially in the summertime.  (oh and I always have to remember to bring my extra pair of contacts!!!)

I also caught up with one of my favorite jet-setters and hair stylist to the stars, Ursula Stephen. Read below to find out what is always in her travel bag and come out to meet her at #MotionsStyleBar!


“I basically live ‘in-transit’ so I’ve perfected my bag-packing skills!  I spend so much time on the road, flying to different shoot locations, concerts and appearances for my clients, so I always keep some of my favorite essentials on hand.  I never leave home without my favorite leopard-print blanket (I bought it in an airport gift shop years ago and I take it everywhere – who says you can’t be fabulous while you sleep!?). I always keep Motions Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion with me – I transfer it into a travel size bottle, I need it with me! It takes care of my edges while I travel so my hair always looks on point.  I also need a Smart Water and Chex Mix (hot & spicy!) and finally I always travel with TWO pairs of sunglasses. They’re an accessory after all and if you need a quick look-change, your shades will do it for you!”

What do you bring on your summer vacations?

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