How to Pack Everything for a Road Trip and Head Up to The Beach

How We Did It With a Convertible Mini Cooper

6 min readMay 3


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.

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.

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.

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” Henry Miller in Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Road trip compromises.




Optometrist by education | writer by passion | Francine Boilard blog about food, books, travel and ideas.