Day Trippin' to Guthrie Oklahoma//NatureBox Giveaway.

Weekends in the high 60's are just begging for a day trip adventure. 

Planes and trains might get you to your final destination, but there’s just something so darn fun and alluring behind the idea of a road trip...especially with your loves. I love exploring old two lanes with my sweetheart but I also love hitting the road with my 16 year old daughter. I’ve personally taken my fair share of car trips up and down a stretch of Route 66  in Oklahoma so today I wanted to share a few of the tricks I’ve learned along the way. (I actually have shared them here before but instead of linking that post, I thought I would just share them again because they are soooo good.) I will be sharing some of my fave things to do in Guthrie, Oklahoma too!

Roll down the windows, crank up the tunes, and hit the highway.....

And what’s a long drive without some Willie?

You will have a chance to share your favorite day trip memory with me for a chance to win a  $50 credit to NatureBox+ free shipping+ a free lifetime membership so be sure to catch the deets at the end of the post. 

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 If you have followed me for a while, you will remember this sweet story I am about to share.

I grew up taking road trips with my grandparents in RVs and spent summers exploring the lakes and all the great places New Mexico had to offer. Without fail, my grandpa would find some historical site or offbeat tourist attraction including the largest roadrunner in the world. I spent a lot of time at White Sands National Monument, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and Carlsbad Caverns. I mean when you get your first sand board at age 8...that was a huge deal! At the time I didn’t appreciate it, because I was a kid, but now I think back on all the fun times I had with them. These are some of the best summers I would ever have! 

All though my grandparents might tell you a different version if the story. They remember my countless "Are we there yet's?!" And all the games I used to make them play like "slugbug" and "I spy." Anyone remember those?! There was a license plate game too but these details are a little fuzzy. Zoë likes to hunt for flags currently...and keep track of who can find the most flags. And we also have fun shuffling our playlists and having to guess the song names and artists but I love this because we take turns and she introduces me to new music and vice versa. 

My grandpa Kelsey always said "We don’t drive anywhere Sam, we TRAVEL!” And it really resonates with me today now that I have my own family. You better believe I am carrying on this tradition in my life. On my road trips, I am always trying to figure out memorable stops along the way. I love searching for different things to explore. I also love to seize the moment and let myself be flexible with my travel plans. I might decide to stop and just see what is down the next town’s main street because let's face it...every town has a Main Street

So of course there are some things you need to prepare to make sure your road trip is as perfect as you imagined..(especially with a teenager. )

HERE ARE MY ESSENTIALS TO BRING ALONG:

Audio Books/Music/Playlists: Since you're in for a long ride, pick out a couple audio books to to enjoy while you're in the driver's seat. Even if you're riding shotgun, listening to books can be preferable to the often-nauseating act of reading hard-copy literature in the car. And every road trip should include a rad playlist .

Snacks and Beverages: Zoë and I love packing one savory snack, one sweet snack, and a yummy sip. Sometimes we do not have time to stop and it's nice to have things packed, especially for her. And we love NatureBox. NatureBox has made a name for itself in the food industry with the belief that snacks can (and should!) be crazy delicious and also better for you. Online, their members can browse over 100 different products in a dozen categories (gluten-free, paleo, low sugar and more). The best part is, all NatureBox products are made from high-quality ingredients we can trust. NatureBox is a wholesale, members-only club where you can save up to 40% on all of their snacks. After the first month, NatureBox, is $5 per month and that $5 will be credited towards your first purchase every month. Unused credits roll over and expire after 12 months. They promise.

  • No artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners
  • No corn syrup of any kind
  • No hydrogenated oils
  • No MSG

and I think I might be addicted to the chocolate chip cookies and the veggie chips. 

More road trip essentials to pack along...

Wipes: If you find it a hassle to stop to wash up...wet wipes are a must!  Also, instead of using deodorant, you can use them to freshen up your underarms too. 

Maps: Don't totally rely on your GPS. Carry a real map with you so that even if your navigator breaks down, you'll at least have a physical map to fall back on. 

Coins and Cash: Do not be unprepared on any toll roads. This happened to be before and it was a fiasco. Also always a good idea to have some cash on hand incase your credit card is compromised. 

Car Emergency Kit: This will keep you prepared for anything that goes wrong. They contain must-have items such as jumper cables and a flashlight that works without batteries.

First Aid Kit: Keep a first aid kit with you in case you or any other passenger falls ill or gets injured.

Don’t forget your sunnies and SPF. Since you are road tripping in the sunny months, keep in mind that it is possible to get sunburnt through the car windows. Prevent an embarrassing sunburn on one side of your body by slathering on the SPF. And how annoying to forget you sunnies.

A list of important phone numbers written down: Soooo important incase your phone is no longer an option! You never know what can happen out there. 

Camera: Never miss a moment!

Now to explore Guthrie, Oklahoma...

Guthrie is a city and county seat in Logan County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex. 

First known as a railroad station stop, after the April 1889 land run, Guthrie immediately gained 10,000 new residents who began to develop the town. It was rapidly improved and was designated as the territorial capital, and in 1907 as the first state capital of Oklahoma. In 1910 state voters chose the larger Oklahoma City as the new capital in a special election.

Guthrie is nationally significant for its collection of late 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture. The Guthrie Historic District includes more than 2,000 buildings and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Historic tourism is important to the city, and its Victorian architecture provides a backdrop for Wild West and territorial-style entertainment, carriage tours, replica trolley cars, specialty shops, and art galleries.

Enjoy unique and beautiful architecture, antiques, rodeo, arts, music, culture, history, entertainment, festivals, and more.

Here are my faves:

Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Their coffee is delicious. The space is charming. And they have such a lovely story. Grab it here

Stacy's Place:

Stacy’s Place is a cozy New American restaurant located in the heart of downtown Guthrie, Oklahoma. People talk about chicken and waffles, attentive wait staff and peanut butter pie. 

Avalanche Snow Cones:

Need I say more?

Bromide Mountain Co: 

Bromide Mountain Co. is inspired by our love of the outdoors, Southern Oklahoma and small town USA. It's the perfect place to shop around and grab something unique for yourself or for a gift. 

And Stouts Greenhouse was just the cutest place and I am so sad I have to inform you that it has since closed . (sad face)

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Now for the NatureBox giveaway...

So thrilled to have partnered with them on this!!

They are offering free lifetime membership to one lucky reader of mine. The free membership means you will always have the ability to purchase their snacks at a discount but never pay the $5 monthly fee.

Tell us your favorite road memory in the comments for your chance to win a receive free lifetime membership, free shipping on your first order and a $50 credit towards delicious NatureBox snacks.

I will be drawing a winner at random on Monday January 29th!!

Good luck! Happy snacking and forever road tripping!

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Special thanks to NatureBox for sponsoring this post.