Water.Whenever I'm going to be out, I always take a bottle of water with me. I like to have something to drink in the car if it will be a long ride and of course I need to stay hydrated when out walking in the summer heat. It saves a few dollars if you bring a bottle from home and if you use a reusable bottle or tumbler, it helps the environment too.
Snack.Much like having a drink with me, I always like to have a little snack should I get hungry. If you're gone all day or doing a lot of walking and exploring you can get hungry, so bringing a little snack with you is a little life saver. My favorite snack to take on the road is a good trail mix since it's salty, sweet, and a bit chocolatey! Plus it has a bit of protein in it to give a bit more energy on a long day. And as with bringing your own water, this will save a few dollars and possibly stop you from making a worse decision like picking up candy at a gas station or getting something at a fast food place.
Good walking shoes.I always do a lot of walking when I'm out on a day trip, so it's important that I wear a good pair of shoes that will be comfy and help me make it through the day pain free. I get blisters from shoes really easily, so this is something I'm always sure I bring. Some days I even wear a pair of sandals in the car, slip into my walking shoes once I get to my destination, and then back into my sandals when I get back in the car.
Sunglasses.The sun is usually out this time of year and I swear it gets brighter and more intense each day! So whenever I'm going out, for a day trip or even just to run errands, I take a pair of sunglasses with me. I keep a pair of sunglasses in my bag at all times just to make it easier, along with a pair of sunglasses that are always in my car for the times I leave the sunglasses that should be in my purse on the table at home.
Sunscreen.Along with sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun, I protect my skin from the sun by bringing sunscreen with me. I'm pretty pale and burn easily so I take an SPF 50 and reapply it every few hours so I don't end up with a nasty sunburn to remember my trip by.
Camera.Last, but my favorite item on this list is a camera! I like taking lots of pictures on my day trips, especially this summer since I know a vacation isn't in store for me this year. It's always fun to capture moments for my 2016 album and to share here on Courtney's Little Things! Before I go I make sure my camera battery is charged because nothing is worse than taking 3 photos then having your camera die on you.
These are the six things I bring with me when I'm going out on a day trip. Like I said, day trips are a great way to explore the area around you and take a bit of a break from every day life. They're always so much fun and memorable. I'm hoping to go on a few more day trips this summer and I hope you're able to go on one or two yourself!
Have you been on any day trips this summer? What do you bring with you on your day trips?