Be honest - when was the last time you found yourself battling to zip your carry-on, desperately trying to cram in all those "essential" items for your upcoming trip? We've all been there, but what if we told you that you no longer need to sacrifice your fuzzy slippers just to make room for that bulky coffee making equipment? Consider us your new travel-ready fairy godmother, here to grant you the gift of hassle-free travel with a treasure trove of invaluable tips and tricks! From mastering the art of road trips, to weekend getaways – we've got you covered.
Now, you might be thinking, "Who are these travel geniuses and where did they get all these awesome tips?" Well, let us spill the beans on our not-so-secret formula! Believe it or not, it all started with a suitcase-packing fiasco that triggered a stroke of genius.
Our founder, Josh Wilbur, a passionate coffee enthusiast and lover of all things caffeinated, faced the classic dilemma while getting ready for a quick trip to his in-laws'. As a true coffee enthusiast, the idea of starting his mornings without access to his own tried and true brew was too daunting for Josh - he couldn't bear to miss it! Josh tried to pack all the bulky equipment that made his morning ritual a reality. However, as he battled with his carry-on, trying to fit everything in like a real-life Tetris game, he had an epiphany – there had to be a better way to enjoy great coffee on-the-go. And just like that, Steeped was born!
Made by travelers, for travelers, we've curated a treasure trove of travel tips and tricks that will make your adventures as smooth as silk.
Packing for Success
Every great adventure starts with a well-packed bag – one that doesn't leave you missing any essentials! Let's get all our ducks in a row to ensure you're fully equipped for wherever your adventure leads you.
Packing Cubes Are Your New Best Friend
Packing cubes are like magical organizers that keep your clothes in check and your suitcase in tiptop shape. No more digging through a jumbled mess of clothes – these cubes will keep you organized, even if you're the kind of traveler who loves to unpack and use the dressers at hotels. Say goodbye to suitcase chaos!
Just Roll With It (Your Clothes)
This may not be a new tip, but it's worth a refresh – rolling your clothes is like casting a spell on your wardrobe! Want to make sure your outfits arrive at your destination crease-free while also giving you some extra room for more outfit options? Skip the folding and embrace the art of clothes rolling – it's like creating adorable t-shirt cinnamon buns in your bag! If you haven’t hopped on this train already, trust us when we say it’s time to roll!
Pass the Bar (Shampoo)
Who said airport security had to be a headache? Embrace the eco-friendly way of traveling with bar shampoo and conditioner, your magical tickets to a hassle-free TSA adventure. As solid alternatives to traditional liquid products, they not only open up precious space in your bag but also eliminate the stress of meeting those pesky liquid restrictions.
Even better, switching to bar shampoo is a conscious step towards reducing plastic waste, one shower at a time. A single bar can last for months, saving countless plastic bottles from ending up in landfills or polluting our oceans. At Steeped, we're passionate about making small changes that have a big impact on the health of our planet, and choosing bar shampoo is one of those positive choices.
R&R…&R: Rest, Relaxation, and Routine
Ah, the sweet familiarity of your daily routines! Don't abandon them just because you're on-the-go. There’s nothing worse than starting your day with a mediocre cup of hotel or gas station coffee, so prioritize packing your must-haves! Whether it's that cozy Sudoku book for morning brain teasers or your favorite Steeped brews to kickstart your day with a touch of home, keeping your routines intact adds an extra sprinkle of comfort to your adventures!
Reap the Hidden Benefits in Your Wallet
It’s no secret that we at Steeped aren’t fans of plastic. But when it comes to travel, the plastic in your wallet may hold more advantage than you think – your credit cards may hold untapped, travel-friendly perks! Take a minute to explore what services your cards hold; you might be surprised by how many offer benefits that could help on your adventures! From Uber or Lyft credits, to luggage insurance, and even canceled flight insurance to protect you from unexpected twists – your credit card might just be the secret to conjure up a smoother travel experience!
Road Trips & Weekend Getaways
Fasten your seatbelt, cue the road trip playlist, and let the adventure unfold with these road trip and weekend getaway tips at your disposal!
Dive into the local scene by joining Facebook groups dedicated to your dream spot! These local Facebook groups are like treasure chests of knowledge, packed with friendly neighbors who know the ins and outs of your destination. From hidden gems to must-visit spots and local lemonade stands that'll quench your thirst like no other – it's a goldmine of information! And hey, you might even stumble upon some town gossip – all in good fun, of course!
Keep your Eyes on the Prize
Now, let's talk about keeping the wheels turning on your adventure! Long drives can sometimes make us feel like we need a magical spell to stay awake and alert. Be sure to grab a few of your favorite Steeped Packs to throw in with your snacks or into your luggage. These little packets of joy are a traveler’s dream. Just add hot water, and voilà – you've got yourself a perfect cup of coffee to keep you wide-eyed on the road.
There’s an App for That
Take a minute to look into some apps that might help you along the way! For example, apps like GasBuddy and Plugshare are like trusty companions for drivers. While exploring, you can rely on GasBuddy to find the best fuel spots along your route. And if you're cruising in an electric vehicle, Plugshare will guide you to convenient charging stations, ensuring your eco-friendly adventures stay fully charged!
*Bonus tip: Gather all your trip-related apps into one folder on your phone for easy access!
Second Star to the Right and Straight on ‘til Morning
Every explorer needs a trusty compass to keep them on course, and that means downloading all the important maps related to your journey. Whether it's your route map, festival maps to navigate through the crowd, or your trusted "Where to Find Steeped Coffee" map! With this treasure in hand, you'll always know where to stock up on your beloved brews, ensuring every sunrise is accompanied by your beloved sip of Steeped.
Your Personal Bard
When your road trip playlist starts to lose its magic, fear not, because we've got an enchanting alternative – e-books! Engage the rest of your car's passengers with thrilling tales that whisk them away to far-off lands, magical kingdoms, and exciting adventures. Don’t have Audible? Check out Libby, the e-book app that unlocks a world of free listens from your library's digital collection. It's like having a personal bard on demand - all you need is your trusty library card to unlock the magic!
Now, it's time for the moment of truth – are you ready to take your travel game to the next level? Hold onto these invaluable tips, toss your favorite Steeped brew into your carry-on, and get set to dive into a world of adventure, together! And guess what? We're not just here to give you the best advice; we want to be a part of your journey too! Show us where your Steeped Packs take you by sharing your own travel tips and breathtaking photos of your worldly sips. Tag us and use #SteepedAdventures - who knows, your stories might just inspire others to embark on their own journey!