Hospital Bag Checklist

Welcome back to our page, we have been a little busy the last few months and are sure you can guess why (especially if you follow us on Instagram). If not, I am happy to announce we welcomed our first baby into the world on February 29, 2020, he is perfect and we have enjoyed being parents these last two months. This post is not technically travel related but it involves packing and traveling to the hospital, so why not!
During my pregnancy I found myself on google ALL THE TIME, and even more after as we were learning how to become parents. From the beginning, so many changes were happening and being a first time “mom to be”, I needed reassurance. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I found myself looking up packing lists for the hospital because I wanted to be totally prepared- you never know how long you are going to be in the hospital and want it to feel somewhat like home. Below I will outline what we brought and recommendations for a hospital bag packing list.

Ideally, you should have your bag packed and ready to go by week 36.

For Mom-

Pillow: This is my number 1 recommendation, bring your own pillow. My absolute favorite during pregnancy was the U-shape maternity pillow that you can purchase on amazon (chick HERE). It helped so much while I was pregnant and especially in the hospital (labor is not comfortable and this will help you get into comfortable positions), you need this in your life. 
Clothes: 2 sets of pajamas, undergarments for at least 3 days (including your nursing/pumping bra and breast pads- click HERE for the reusable ones I love), a going home outfit (this is not the time to wear jeans, pack loose clothes), your own hospital gown if you choose, slippers, and flip flops.
Toiletries: The hospital can and will provide a lot of these items but I brought my own bag filled with- toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, dry shampoo, body wash, lotion, makeup, extra hair ties, deodorant, glasses/contacts, etc. The hospital provides bath towels and wash cloths but feel free to bring your own.

For Dad-

Clothes: Day wear and sleep wear for at lest two days. Don’t forget comfy shoes or slippers too!
Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, glasses/contacts, razor, shaving cream, etc. Some hospitals allow husbands to use the shower and others do not so be prepared for both.
Entertainment: Something to keep him busy as you have time to relax/sleep during the process. Don’t forget headphones.

For Baby-

Car seat: The hospital staff will make sure you have everything properly installed before you leave. It is a good idea to have this installed a few weeks early too.
Clothes: Going home outfit, onesies, pajamas, socks, photo outfits if you choose.
Other baby items: Swaddle, baby blanket, baby book (we were told to bring additional pieces of card stock for hand/footprints as the staff will do as many as you would like), binky. If you plan to exclusively bottle feed from the beginning, pack 2 bottles.

Additional items-

Camera, snacks/drinks if you want something specific, entertainment/activities (I love puzzle books so I packed these for down time), laptop, portable speaker, essential oils, chargers, printed birth plan if you decide to write one up, pediatrician information. You will also need all of your insurance information and proper identification upon getting to the hospital.

Things you will probably NOT need (but check with your hospital first)-

Breast pump (keep this home and use the hospitals if needed), bed linens, diapers/wipes, formula, stroller, baby toys, hair dryer, bath towels and washcloths.

Other recommendations– Take everything you can from the hospital. If the nurse opens a pack of diapers and you only end up using 1, take the rest or they have to be thrown out. I asked my nurse for extra items and she hooked me up with 2 bags full of postpartum toiletries. These nurses are great and will help make this process easy for you!

We hope this list helps you as you are nearing the end of your pregnancy and good luck! If you have children and feel we left something important off of this list, let us know!


Visiting Wineries and Breweries

Based on our history, you could say our relationship is based on travel and adventure but you know what else it is based on? Fine wine and craft beer! During our travels, Greg and I always try to find a local winery or brewery to visit and have had great luck over the last 8 years… we even got married at a winery! Below we will list where we have visited by state (we started this list late so there may be a few missing). We will continue to add to this list as we travel. Let us know if any of these are familiar to you or if you have been to any.

Cassidy Hill Vineyard
Sharpe Hill Vineyard

Green Bench Brewing Company
Crooked Thumb Brewery
St. Pete Brewing Company
Pinellas Ale Works
Dunedin Brewery
7venth Sun Brewery
Right Around the Corner Brewery
Soggy Bottom Brewery
Big Storm Brewing Company
Dunedin House of Beer
Caledonia Brewing
Cueni Brewing Co.
Woodright Brewing Company
Grindhaus Brew Lab
Arkane Aleworks
Pair O’ Dice Brewing
Southern Lights Brewing Company
Stilt House Brewery
Palm Harbor Brewery
De Bine Brewing Company
Two Frogs Brewing Co.
Cigar City Brewing
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
Coppertail Brewing Co.
Saint Somewhere Brewing Co.
Hidden Springs Ale Works

Grand Teton Brewing Company

Irish Whiskey Museum

Cooper’s Hawk Winery

Harpoon Brewery

New Jersey
Cape May Winery & Vineyard
Willow Creek Winery & Farm
Cava Winery & Vineyard
Westfall Winery
Slack Tide Brewing Company
Cricket Hill Brewing Co

New York
Brotherhood Winery
Heartland Brewery
Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery
Thousand Island Winery
Ventosa Vineyard
Rooster Hill Vineyard
Barrington Cellars
Villa Bellangelo
Ravines Wine Cellars
Keuka Spring Winery
Glenora Wine Cellars
Starkey’s Lookout Brewery & Winery
Hermann J Weimer Vineyard
Abandoned Brewery
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
Casa Larga Vineyard & Winery
Bully Hill Vineyards
Heron Hill Vineyards
McGreggor Vineyard
Pleasant Valley Wine Company
Fruit Yard Winery
White Springs Winery
3 Brothers Winery & Estates
Fulkerson Winery
Magnus Ridge Winery
Lakewood Vineyards
Keuka Brewing Company
Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellar
Wagner Valley Winery & Brewery
Hazlitt Vineyards
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellar
Chateua LaFayette Reneau
Two Goats Brewing Company
Grist Iron Brewing Company
J.R Dill Winery
Damiani Wine Cellar
Rooster Fisher Brewing Company
Finger Lakes Distillery
Bottomless Brewing

North Carolina
D9 Brewery
Free Will Craft & Vine
Bold Missy Brewery
Divine Barrel Brewery
Free Range Brewing
Ass Clown Brewing Company

The Vineyard at Grandview
Lancaster Brewing Company
Vynecrest Vineyards
Waltz Vineyard
Troegs Brewing Company
Appalachian Brewing Company

Zion Brewery

Redhook Brewlab
JM Cellars
Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Leaving our Wedding Rings at Home

As some of you may know, Greg and I live right off the Gulf of Mexico in Dunedin, Florida. We spend a lot of our time in or near the water; we try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. As much as we love our wedding rings, we never want to chance them getting lost or stolen while outdoors (my cousin lost his ring the week after his wedding in the ocean). Luckily, Greg and I found an alternative option to not wearing anything on our fingers during these times. We purchased Qalo Rings before we were even married and knew this was a perfect fit for us!

About the company – Qalo offers products other than the rings we love such as- apple watch bands, blankets, baby teething necklaces, dog tags, and more.

Rings- Qalo offers many different styles of rings so you can choose one, or more, to fit your style (stackable, classic, reversible, modern, strata which features 2 layers of contrasting silicon with an engraved pattern, or you can even design your own ring! How cool!). My personal favorite is the scalloped pearl but I have had my eye on the stackable rings as well.  Click HERE to be directed to women’s rings. Click HERE to be directed to men’s rings.

What size do I order? – Click HERE for sizing help. If you get your ring and it does not fit, you can make an even exchange within the first 60 days. (I have had my ring for 2 years and I feel as though the size has remained the same).

When to wear- We find ourselves wearing our Qalo rings for a few reasons: I work in health care and wash my hands 10-15 times a day which ironically makes my wedding rings not look as shiny as they should, we spend a lot of time in the water during the summer and don’t have to worry about our rings slipping off, we were working out before our wedding and the silicon ring was much more comfortable. The silicon bands stretch so if my fingers get swollen during pregnancy, this in another option- I hate the fact of not wearing anything at all on my finger… 1 because of the symbolization of a wedding band and 2 because if you wear a ring every day and for some reason don’t for one day you probably have freak out moments like I do.

Deals- Military men/women and first responders can receive 15% off their order. Just head over to and on the bottom of the page beneath Inside QALO you will see the tab for U.S. Military or First Responders Discount. From there, it will ask you to verify your military information. Once all needed information is filled out, you will then be emailed a discount code that you can use at checkout! There will be a box on the right side of the checkout page that says “Discount Code / Store Credit”. Enter in your military code and your discount will apply!

Want $5.00 off? Use our link!

Overall, Greg and I love our Qalo rings as they fit right into our lifestyle. Let us know if you already have a ring or if this is something you’re interested in.

Our Qalo rings came on our honeymoon as we spent that time hiking 96 miles!

Traveling Without Your “FUR”iend

Although your 4 (or 3 in our case) legged pet you have is a part of the family, they cannot always travel with you. We take Nash on a lot of trips each year but when we can’t, we use the app Rover. Rover is an online marketplace for people to buy and sell pet care services including: dog boarding, pet sitting, drop in visits, and dog walking. Keep reading to find out more information and how you can also save $20 on your first booking!

Before booking it is important to get the app or make an online profile of your pet. You can see Nash’s profile below as an example.

As you can see above, we provide a sheet with care information for the sitters. This information sheet includes his meal schedule, sleeping rules (no beds or furniture), how to discipline him if he acts up, how to manage his club, and everything else. Nash also has his own travel bag where we put some treats, his blanket, leash, and a toy so he feels somewhat at home. Ask your sitter what he/she prefers you bring along.

Dog Boarding (in the sitter’s house)

Select your dates, put in your address (to find who is in close proximity to you), and hit search. Rover will pull up a list of available sitters and provide information including: their name, distance from your house, nightly price, reviews, pictures they added to their profile, availability calendar, information about their home (whether they have a fenced in backyard, if they administer injections/medications, if other animals are present in the house, services they provide, a section about them, etc), and an option to contact before booking. After you book, you will have an option to message them again as needed.

Most sitters will work with you and will enforce the rules you have at home in their house… for example, if your dog is not allowed on furniture at home, they will not allow him/her on their furniture. We have had great success with sending Nash to the sitter’s house and have been using the same sitter- she is very good at handling his extra needs (watching his club paw, freezing and feeding him his raw food, and handling his high energy), and sends us daily pictures!

* We recommend if the house has other animals to meet before the scheduled boarding dates, this helped us feel better before leaving him for the first time.

Below is our sitter’s profile as an example.

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting takes place in your own home! Select your dates, put in your address (to find who is in close proximity to you), and hit search. Rover will pull up a list of available sitters and provide the same information as above. Make sure to check their profile to see if your pet applies as some sitters request not to watch dogs that require medical injections, are over 100 pounds, etc.

* We do not have experience with a sitter staying in our house, we feel more comfortable sending Nash to the sitter’s house.

Drop-In Visits/ Dog Walking

Drop-in visits are exactly what they sound like and are typically 30 minutes. Just like the other services, select your dates, put in your address, and hit search to find availability near you.

Becoming a Sitter

If you would like to become a sitter, sign in and sign up! This is something we will be doing soon. It’s extra money and you get to be with animals, how cool!?

Want $20.00 off your first booking?

Use our referral code for the discount which can be applied as you are booking. If you end up booking, let us know where you are going and your experience after!

How to Pack Smart with eBags

If you are like me, or like most people, you tend to over pack… am I right? You’re always thinking you need this outfit “just in case” or that outfit “just because”. Back in 2017, my family and I went to Europe for 24 days and I was able to manage packing in a carry-on bag all because of the company eBags (click HERE). We have been in love with this company for a few years and cannot wait to share why. Continue reading to find out more including: about the company, products, deals, eBags rewards, packing tips to use the most out of your eBags, and products we have and love!


eBags is an online retailer of handbags, luggage, backpacks, laptop bags, and travel accessories. eBags has their own products but also carries more than 650 brands on their website to help make your travel ordering experience that much easier!

PRODUCTS, as stated above, the eBags website allows for orders of other brands and products but I will be focusing on only their products below.

Luggage: carry-on luggage, checked luggage, hardside luggage, softside luggage, luggage sets, travel duffel bags, underseat luggage, etc.

Backpacks: laptop backpacks, school backpacks, travel backpacks.

Handbags: crossbody, totes, mini terrace, etc.

Packing organization: counter top toiletry kit, hanging toiletry kit, hanging cosmetic kit, shoe bags, and my personal favorite PACKING CUBES.

Below are some examples of their top luggage items, look at how many reviews they each have! (In my house we own 3 out of the 4 shown- we have the weekend convertible junior not the full size).


If you’re looking for deals, check out their featured deals page- here are some examples of what was featured as I was writing this post.

You can also receive free shipping if you spend over $49.00!

Sign up for e mails when you first visit their website and a coupon will automatically send for 25% off.


Create an account and get even more while shopping with eBags. With each purchase you are eligible for up to 10% back on orders by gaining reward points that are just like cash, exclusive member savings, and easy access to order tracking and history- and the best part, it is FREE to sign up.

*The only downfall I can say is that your points do expire after sometime. I love it when reward programs save your points.


Visit their website for more information and a how to guide for packing. Need additional help, use their online chat for more specific questions you may have.


We have never been disappointed with an eBags purchase. Our all time favorite product is their packing cubes (clikc HERE to go right to the page).

CUBES- The cubes allow for organization, convenience, and creativity each time you use them. I found myself using the same cube for so many different things each time I was preparing for a vacation. Below I will outline more information regarding each cube.  Be sure to check out all the color options!

Slim Size: 2.8 x 14 x 5 in.

Great for: undergarments, tee shirts, socks, and more.

Small Size: 3 x 11 x 6.75

Great for: Smaller or slimmer items such as tanks, undergarments, or even diapers. Remember, not only clothes have to go in here- get creative.

Medium Size: 3 x 13.5 x 9.75

Great for: ANYTHING, this is my favorite size as I will frequently separate shirts in one, pants/shorts in another, and undergarments for a longer trip. I have also used this size for bathroom items such as my hairbrush, straightener/curling iron, face wipes, toothbrush, etc- do you know how nice it is to have everything in 1 bag that you need in the bathroom. Going somewhere warm? Pack your flip flops in here.

Large Size: 3.25 x 17.5 x 12.75

Great for: Packing bulkier items. I love this for sweaters when I am traveling during the colder months or I will put my shirts on one side folded and my pants on the other. This can pack and hold a lot!

Here is a great value set but look around for sets that contain what you think will work best for you. If you do not know what size works best for you visit the website, click your bag of choice that you will be using for your trip, and let the website do the thinking. See the picture below.

* When you are not using your cubes, store them in each other for cleaner storage.

TLS MOTHER LODE WEEKENDER CONVERTIBLE- Our second favorite product is their TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible that comes in 2 sizes (and 9 colors!)- the convertible and convertible junior (we have the junior size). This bag easily holds enough for a 3-4 day trip, including toiletries… I don’t know how they do it! On top of the space for clothing and toiletries, you will also find a laptop pouch, a water bottle holder, and various straps depending on how you want to carry the bag.

This bag is perfect for a carry on but we have used it as our “personal item” even though it is slightly bigger than the requirements… especially with the expanding abilities.

Even our dog loves them! Nash has his own packing cube that we keep his items in if someone watches him. The medium cube fits his: blanket, 2 toys, medication, instructions for watching him, his leash, treats, a bandana, doggie bags, and more. Below is a picture as we were packing for our wedding in New York.

We hope you found this post helpful. If you have any questions regarding their products, reach out to their chat or send us a message. Let us know if you have any eBags products at home and what you love.

Renting with Cruise America Review

If this is your first time visiting our page, welcome! This post was inspired by our 18-day honeymoon which was spent visiting 6 National Parks while in a Cruise America RV… if you are new, go to our page to read all about our trip. Spending 18 days in an RV, driving just over 2,500 miles, was an amazing experience and we are here to give you all the information you need if you are considering renting with Cruise America. *Cruise Canada is also an option but we are unsure if any of the information below is the same for both.


As stated on their website- Take the comfort of home with you next time you travel by renting an RV from Cruise America. The stress-free convenience of vacationing with your room on your back affords families and friends the opportunity to travel in comfort and style, while allowing time for a great opportunity to grow closer as you travel to and from your destination. With Cruise America, the journey is a rich part of the reward.

For us– When looking for an RV rental company, Cruise America seemed to offer all the things we were looking for: one-way travel options, easily accessible locations for pick-up and drop off, multiple rental options, friendly staff, and the freedom. Cruise America also offers free insurance and 24-hour service which was a plus.


Cruise America has 129 pick-up and drop off locations spanning the United States and Canada. Click HERE and scroll to the very bottom of the page to see a list of their locations.

For us- When picking the start and end destination for our trip, we made sure there was an airport and a pick-up/drop off location relatively close to each other; we used Lyft to get from the airport to the Cruise America location and back (San Jose and Salt Lake City airport). Do your research before, there was another airport just as close in California but the flights were a lot more expensive.


There are 4 types of RVs you can choose from when completing your booking process (click HERE for an overview of all the RVs and what is included or to look at each one separately/take a 360 video view):

Large RV- 7 passenger

Standard RV- 5 passenger

Compact RV- 3 passenger

Truck Camper- 2-3 passengers

For us: Greg and I kept going back and forth between renting the compact RV and the truck camper. Ultimately, because we booked a one-way trip, the compact RV was what we got “approved” for. In the end, we were very happy with what we had; it was just the right amount of space we needed without feeling like we were bumping into each other the entire time. We slept in the upper bed and store our suitcases under the kitchen table so they were never in the way. One other bonus of the compact RV compared to the truck camper was that I could easily get up and grab a snack/go to the bathroom while Greg was driving- with the truck camper you would have to pull over.

  • The compact RV and truck camper will fit in a regular size parking spot. All others will need to be parked in an RV spot.


After doing your research, you have the option of booking online or on the phone. If you are wanting to reserve a one-way trip, you must call for your reservation.  

For us- The booking process was stressful, frustrating, and difficult. We spent a few weeks deciding on where we wanted to go on our honeymoon, researching fights, and beginning to plan our trip before contacting Cruise America to actually book… when we did, and submitted our reservation, it was declined… again and again! We were told one-way trips are tricky because they must keep specific inventory of their RVs in certain locations. We spent so much time e mailing back and forth offering other pick-up and drop off locations (redoing our trip each time) only for it to be declined. In the end, I stopped e mailing the original staff member we were working with, contacted another member, told him to pick 2 locations for us (we would plan a trip around where he could get approval), and we were able to book that same day (he got us approval to pick up in San Jose/Newark, California and to drop off in Salt Lake City, Utah because he knew we wanted to visit the National Parks)! So, I am not sure if we were paired with the second staff member in the first place if we would have been successful but we will never know… it all worked out in the end. I have no problem sending his contact information if you would like to book with him from the start, he was great.

* You are allowed to cross the boarder of the US and Canada but you cannot pick up in 1 country and drop off in another, we tried as we wanted to visit Banff National Park.


If for any reason you need to cancel your reservation, call 1-800-327-7799 and provide your confirmation number. You may cancel your reservation up to 7 days prior to the pick-up date and you will be refunded your reservation down payment. With less notice and with all one-way reservations, you will forfeit your reservation down payment.


Cruise America offers many deals, but unfortunately, as we were looking, none of them applied to us. Examples of their deals that were available during the time this post was written are as followed:

One-way specials: One-way trips happen all the time, just like we did, and the RVs need to get back to their original location somehow. Cruise America has special reservations such as the one below. If this works for you, you can receive a discount… just have the RV to its destination by the return date.

Half Price Miles: Check their website and see what is offered for half-price miles. Bookers can receive 50% off rentals between September 7 and December 31, 2019 using the discount code (FRDM). *Not combinable with any other discount or promotional offer, and applied to new reservations only. Not available on one-way rentals. The offer may be withdrawn at any time.

Enjoying a Free Night: This special offer applies to any size motorhome for rentals of 4 nights or longer from any North America RV Rental Centers departing September 7 to December 31, 2019. To make a reservation call our reservation center or reserve online using the discount code (FRD31). *Maximum of 1 night free. This special offer is applied to new reservations only and is not combinable with any other specials or promotional rates and may be withdrawn at any time. One-way rentals are not available with this special.

Alaska- 300 Miles Free: This special offer applied to any size motorhome from Anchorage AK Rental Center returning by October 15, 2019. Call to make a reservation or book online using the discount code FRD300. *Not combinable with any other discount or promotional offer and applies to new reservations only. Not available for one-way rentals. This offer may be withdrawn at any time.


To check specific pricing or obtain a quote, visit their website and put in the appropriate information for your trip. From there, you will be able to select the RV of your choice and select add on options as you desire- click Next and that’s it, you have your quote! If you have questions click the online chat or call their number 24/7.  

For us- As this blog is meant to help others, I have no problem sharing what we spent on the RV.

We chose to add the kitchen kit, we believe this was a good add on for the price (plates, cups, bowls, utensils, pots, pans, strainer, cutting board, broom).

We chose to pass on the other add on options (personal kit for bedding, zero deductible plan), we stopped at Wal-Mart before we began our trip- this ended up saving us money.

We were charged $400.00 for a one-way rental.

We estimated our trip would be 2,800 miles at .35 cents a mile, we only drove 2,500 miles so we were refunded $105.00.

We were refunded our $500.00 security deposit.

Our total cost for the RV was- $3,368.13. A $300.00 deposit is required when you make your reservation and will be applied towards your fees. All other fees are due at the time of pick-up.


After you book, a confirmation e mail will be sent with all your information. We recommend you print this out and keep it with you during your trip.

Before your trip, Cruise America will contact you and send you videos you must watch before you pick-up your RV. They were very educational and answered questions we knew we would have. We also referred back to these videos during the trip when we could not figure out how to turn the shower on the first day.


As stated above, when booking, you have the option of adding on to your rental. Below is a recommended shopping/packing list if you do not choose ANY of the add on options or bring anything from home. We brought some items with us from home but made a stop at Wal-Mart as soon as we picked up the RV and saved a ton of money by doing this.

Plates, cups, bowls, utensils, pots and pans, dish soap, dishwashing sponge, napkins, paper towels, pillows, blankets, fitted sheet, top sheet, memory foam mattress topper (click HERE to see the one we purchased which was great for our 18 days), laundry detergent, bath towels (we bought 3, 2 for us and 1 for the floor as you exit the shower), washcloths, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, matches, phone chargers, car invertor (HERE this was great for nights we did not have electric hookup and could charge our phones and camera- it worked while the RV was not running), camera, and clothes .

You will also need to buy food but don’t buy too much… most places we stopped at had a general store where we could buy additional food as needed. We did have extra unopened food in the end we just gave to a neighbor.

For us- We packed liquids from home such as dish soap, detergent, body wash, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, mouth wash, etc. in THESE so we did not have to buy bigger bottles once we flew out, and it also saved room!


A few weeks before your trip you will have to call to select your pick-up time slot. Pick-up times are Monday through Friday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Saturday pick-up times vary by locations with some closing as early as 12:00pm. No available pick up times on Sunday so plan accordingly.

For us- Picking up our RV was so much fun because we knew what we were in for the next 18 days. The process took about an hour because they will walk through the RV with you and go over everything including how to dump waste, hook up electric, hook up/refill water, etc. The staff will complete an inspection and write down everything they see so you are not charged upon your return… if you see something, let them know! There was a very small crack on our windshield from a rock we let them know about so we did not get charged for it upon delivery.

Download the Cruise America app before beginning your vacation.


RV return times are between 9:00am and 11:00am, late charges are automatically applied starting after 11:00am.

Additional fees may be added during drop off if you do not refill the propane tank, do not empty your water, or if there is damage to the RV.

For us- Dropping off was a sad moment as it meant out trip of a lifetime was ending. When you drop off, they will walk through your RV and sign off if everything looks how it did when you picked it up. This process took about an hour as well so plan ahead if you have a flight to catch. We arrived at 9:00am and by 10:00am there was a line and people had to wait for their RVs to get inspected.

If you have extra food or items you would like to donate, you can do this at any of their locations for people just beginning their trip.


Cruise America also sells their used RVs, check out their website for more information.


We had an amazing experience with this company and would definitely book again, if we don’t buy our own RV in the meantime. Cruise America was hands down the most common RV rental company we saw during our 2,800 miles on the road- it was fun waving to others while driving by and even talking to other renters.

If you have any other specific questions that we did not cover don’t hesitate to reach out. We learned a lot while spending 18 days in the RV!

A Memorable Way to Document Your Travels

If you love to travel and want a fun way to document your trips, this post is for you. I came across the Traveller Collective website (HERE) about a year before our wedding (which was September 2018) and was instantly hooked. Because we had always planned on a National Park honeymoon, I knew this would be the best wedding gift for Greg. I ordered a clip for myself and one for Greg but was unable to open and use mine until our wedding… waiting a year was difficult as I was so excited!!

Keep reading to find out more information including: more about the company, other products they offer, how to order, a discount code if you would like to place an for yourself, golden rings (which will give you free travel money!), etc.

ABOUT THE COMPANY, as stated on their website.


Traveller Collective not only has the travel rings but a few other products including: necklaces, accessories (hats, totes, and decals), apparel, and gift cards. Check it out!


The first step when ordering is to decide which clip you want. I chose the tan for myself and the brown for Greg.

After you decide what clip you want it is time to order your rings. They have many options to fit your style and budget. Although Greg and I began traveling in high school, before we met, I chose to order rings for only the places we have been together.

Once you complete those two steps it is time to check out… that was super easy right? But first, DISCOUNT CODE!!!


Who doesn’t love a discount?! Traveller Collective offers 30% off first time customers using the code TCFAM. Don’t wait, use this and order yours today.


Throughout 2019, Traveller Collective will be giving away $7,750.00 worth of free flights to the Collective. They will be randomly selecting orders and placing a golden ring with a special value in with their purchase.


Create a profile by documenting your travels on their website. It will show a map with shaded areas of where you have visited!


Below are some pictures of our rings during our honeymoon, can you recognize where any of these pictures were taken? Let us know below.

Flying Cheap with Allegiant Airline

Destinations are in blue and orange above with the most popular in orange. Visit their interactive route map here-

You may have read this title and clicked to read because you have never heard of Allegiant Airline, but that’s okay. Allegiant Airline is a smaller airline but is growing and adding new flight routes all the time. They pride themselves on cheap and non-stop only flights. Greg and I have been flying and saving money with them since 2014… but really, July 2019 we got a flight for $8.00 from Florida to Pennsylvania. Continue reading to find out more!


Booking a flight with Allegiant is super easy! Visit, put in your destination, dates, round trip vs one way, how many passengers, and hit search.

Your next step is to book with the dates selected or to view the rate calendar, I always recommend this if you can change your dates- it may save you some money!

*** If you book a round-trip flight an automatic $20.00 discount will be applied to your total which is what you see above.

Once you select your dates, hit continue. At this point you will have the option of booking a rental car, reserving a hotel, buying insurance, etc. but if you do not need these options just skip through and purchase!


Many people wonder how Allegiant flights are so cheap. Fortunately, they offer an A la carte service so you are only paying for what you need. Don’t need a bag, to pick your seat, or want priority boarding… your flight will be cheaper.


Download the Allegiant mobile app for free in the app store. This app saves us so much time at the airport! We usually only travel with a “personal bag” so we can check in beforehand and head right to the security line when getting to the airport, you can do the same while traveling with a carry-on (NOTE- If you are traveling with a checked bag you must go to the ticket counter at the airport).

The app will also pull your boarding pass or passes up for anyone in your party (when booking just use the same e-mail linked to the account) after you check in.

You have the option of booking a flight right from the app but we find it easier to book from a computer or laptop.


Okay, the part you are waiting for. After flying with Allegiant for some time we have learned how to save.

The first and easiest way is to sign up for their Mastercard (information below). Allegiant always has sales but sometimes only for their Mastercard holders- this past Memorial Day they were having $50.00 off which is how I got that $8.00 flight I previously mentioned. Awesome right?!

Another way we save is by flying, yes, you read that right. About 2-3 days after we fly, Allegiant ALWAYS send us a coupon code active for 72 hours only for $20.00 off. Another awesome deal right?! Book your round trip flights separate if you are flying with someone else and turn that $20.00 into $80.00 off.

When booking, you have the option of picking your seats but if you can handle being 1 or 2 rows away from your loved one then skip on this option. Greg and I never pay to sit next to each other and 75% of the time we get seats right next to each other if not 1 row away.

Packing light will pay off! We make long weekend trips back to visit family/friends all the time and pack in a “personal bag” such as a backpack or small duffel bag. My favorite to pack in is the Vera Bradley weekender bag- fits everything I need. When flying Allegiant, there is no charge for a personal bag but there is a charge for carry-on and checked luggage, if you can pack light you will save like us! NOTE- if you do need a carry-on or checked bag make sure to book it when you book your tickets, adding these at the airport will be an extra charge.

Booking online vs over the phone will save you a service charge of $12.00 for each reservation.

Downloading the free mobile app will save $5.00 as you can access your boarding pass and will not have to print it at the airport.

As mentioned above, if your dates are flexible, check the rate calendar as it may save you money.

If you do not have a coupon code, book a round-trip ticket and you will automatically receive $20.00 off. If you are flying with someone, purchase your tickets separate so you both get the $20.00 off deal.

Check out the deals page on the Allegiant website- below is an example of a deal we can get from our home airport.


So, the Allegiant Mastercard is the main way we get our flights for cheap, there are so many perks. For starters, as you can see above, when you sign up you get a 15,000 bonus when you spend $1,000.00 in the first 90 days which is equal to $150.00 of travel credit; but guess what, if you apply for the card while you’re flying (they make their rounds during every flight), you get 17,500 points which is equal to $175.00 of travel credit after spending $1,000.00 during the first 90 days.

No matter what you use your card on you are building points! Points will be updated on your account after every statement. For example, my statement is the 28th of the month so if I make a large purchase on the 29th, I will have to wait until the following 28th of the month to see the points added.

A low annual fee of $59.00 pays for itself after only a few flights. Add up the price of priority boarding, a free beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and travel credit and it’s like there is no fee to pay. The priority boarding in itself if our favorite part.

To use your points, continue checking out normally. When you go to purchase your flight, you will have the option to use your points or not to in order to save them. I am unable to show a picture of this part as I just used all of my points when I booked a flight last week, I got $93.00 off which brought my flight down to $117.00 after purchasing the front row seat and insurance (perks we usually pass on).


Allegiant supports U.S. active duty military, military veterans, and members of the National Guard, military reserve, and their dependents by offering select free services.

Free services offered for U.S. active duty or reserve duty and National Guard:

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For all other information regarding Allegiant Airline, visit their website or comment below any questions we may be able to answer-

Grand Teton National Park Guide

(This post is part 6/6- make sure to read the others. While you’re reading, click anything blue and you will see I attached links and additional images for more information!)

Well, we hit the end of our trip with the last stop being at Grand Teton National Park. We were so excited to finally get here after spending all day in the car (10 hours) from Bryce National Park. Continue reading to see how we felt and how we filled the last few days of our honeymoon.

*All times included time spent taking pictures/enjoying the views.

* We visited towards the end of June

Day 1- Thursday

As I mentioned above, we spent a large portion of the day in the car traveling from Bryce National Park. Although a long day in the car wasn’t ideal, the scenery the entire time was beautiful! A lot of the campgrounds at Grand Teton National Park are first come first serve which scared us a little, but we were luckily arriving on a Thursday night and were told we would most likely be fine. When we were about 2 hours out, I called the Signal Mountain Campground and they informed me that there were three hook up spots left- when we arrived we found one! The campground has electric hook up only. Dump station and water station available at all times, laundry, post office, general store, restaurants, bar, tours, water views, and is $55 a night (may be cheaper for tent but I am not sure). We were going to stay at another first come first serve campground with no hookup but the forecast predicted temperatures in the 20’s overnight and we knew we would need to run our heat which is why we chose Signal Mountain. After we got all checked in, we went to the Signal Mountain Lodge Restaurant for dinner. Our food was SO GOOD and we had views of the water/mountains the entire time. Definitely check this place out even if you are not staying there. We ended up doing laundry after dinner as it would hold us over for the next few days. Our wash was $3 for a small load and $5 for a large load, the dryers were $1.

Day 2- Friday

Greg and I woke up without alarms again today! It felt so good to sleep in… until 9:15. We woke up and got ready for our exciting day on the water through the Grand Teton Lodge Company. Before our trip, we had a few minutes to spare so we checked out the Jackson Lake Lodge which was amazing- they have gift shops, cafes, and great views of the mountains while you sit by the fireplaces.

Grand Teton Lodge Company – Lunch, Wild and Scenic River Raft Trip

We knew we needed some sort of adventure on our trip so we booked a lunch raft trip (Click HERE for more information). We departed from the Jackson Lake Lodge at 11:30 and around 12 we arrived at a private (well 9 of us private) outdoor lunch area right on the water. They offered burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, cookies, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, lemonade, and water. We were accompanied by a nice fire because of how cold it was. After we ate, we all got in the raft and enjoyed a 10-mile scenic view down the snake. Our guide was great and pointed out the names of the mountains and the various wildlife like bald eagles, osprey, moose, geese, ducks, racoons, etc. over the 2 hours we were rafting down the river. We had a great time and would definitely do this again if we were to visit. It even snowed for about 20 minutes which was funny because it was the first day of “summer.” The cost of the trip was $90 a person- food/drink included.

After our lunch trip we decided to check out the visitor center to stamp our passport and add to our patch collection. As we were walking out, we noticed a sign that showed a free ranger led hike that was going to start in 15 minutes, perfect timing! The hike was for the Swan Lake Heron Pond Hike.

Swan Lake Heron Pond Hike

Distance- 3.8 miles

Time- 3 hours – longer time due to frequent stops filled with education from the ranger

After completing a ranger led hike, Greg and I would recommend you complete it at least once. You learn more about the park and they point out which wildlife you would be seeing along the way. We were led by Ranger Jim who was so great.

We finished right around dinner time and headed to the Ranch House which is located next to the visitor center. We both enjoyed our meals and the pricing was not bad. Our total was $47 for 2 soup/salad buffets, 2 beers, and an appetizer.

Day 3- Saturday

Today was such a fun and different day. I read online about a 42-mile scenic drive around Grand Teton that was recommended so that is what we decided to do.

42 Mile Scenic Drive

Distance- 42 miles (can be longer if you decide to go to all of the lookouts)

Time- As long or as short as you would like

This drive took us 6 hours because we took our time at each of the viewpoints we visited. We also stopped at Taggart Lake Loop and completed their 3.8-mile hike. The following is what you will see if you complete this drive from North to South and then back up:

  1. Colter Bay Visitor Center: Enjoy the all new American Indian arts exhibit or meet a guest artist. Take a short stroll on one of the trails along Jackson Lake. Ask a ranger about what to see and do in the park or join a ranger-led activity.
  2. Jackson Lake Dam: One mile west of Jackson Lake Junction, Jackson Lake Dam raises the level of Jackson Lake a maximum of 39 feet. Enjoy the views of Mt. Moran.
  3. Signal Mountain Summit Road: This 5-mile drive turns east 1 mile south of Signal Mountain Lodge. This windy road climbs almost 1,000 feet above the valley floor to the summit. Two overlooks provide panoramic views of the Teton Range and Jackson Lake.
  4. North Jenny Lake Scenic Drive: Turn west at North Jenny Lake Junction onto a 4-mile, one- way scenic drive.
  5. South Jenny Lake/Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point: Hike around Jenny Lake and up to Hidden Falls. Enjoy the shuttle boat or scenic cruise (fee charged).

Taggart Lake Loop

Distance- 3.8 miles

Time- 2 hours

We enjoyed this hike very much, although we were a little on edge the entire time because we did not have any bear spray. The loop on this hike has many different views and is good for all skill levels.

  • Menors Ferry & Chapel of the Transfiguration: Turn east ½ mile north of Moose. Stroll through Menors Ferry Historic District to explore homestead and pioneer life in Jackson Hole. Visit the Chapel of Transfiguration where the altar window frames the tallest Teton peaks.
  • Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center: Watch the film and explore the interactive natural and cultural history exhibit.
  • Mormon Row Historic District, Antelope Flats/Gros Centre Loop: Mormon Row is 1.5 miles east of the highway. Tour iconic historic barns and homesteads. Look for pronghorn, deer, moose, bald eagles, and bison.
  • Snake River Overlook: Stop at this turnout for spectacular views of the Teton Range. Ansel Adams took his icon photo of the Snake River and Teton Range from this site.
  • Cunningham Cabin Historic Site: Take a self-guided walk through the oldest historic building remaining in the park. Look for badgers and coyotes hunting in the nearby meadow.
  • Oxbow Bend Turnout: Located 1 mile east of Jackson Lake Junction, a meander of the Snake River attracts wildlife. Mount Moran provides a backdrop for a classic photo opportunity.
  • Willow Flats Overlook: Stop at the turnout 6 miles south of Colter Bay for a view of extensive wetlands and meadows.


SHUTTLE SYSTEM– We did not use the shuttles here and believe you can only use it if you are staying at a lodge… not sure on how accurate that information is.

VISITOR CENTER- Definitely make a stop here, the rangers can provide you with any information or questions you may have, you can buy souvenirs at the gift shop, grab free maps (we lived off of using ours), and get a stamp for your National Park Passport! We added to our National Park patch collection here.  

SERVICE- We had limited service and WiFi at our campground and some while driving through. 

FOOD- We packed a lot of snacks for our hikes including trail mix, crackers, etc. Having the RV available after each hike was very convenient for meals as well. There are many restaurants located in the park, just ask around for recommendations.

LAUNDRY– There was a laundry facility at our campground.

WEATHER– It was cold! It snowed on the first day of summer here which was crazy to see coming from Florida. Definitely look up the average temperatures before you visit and plan accordingly.    

TRAILS- If you are limited on time, plan out your top trails and do them first; you might be surprised that you have extra time in the day that allows for more adventures.

FIREWOOD- You are not allowed to gather branches for firewood, it must be purchased.

GAS- There were gas stations inside the park and were much cheaper than ones outside the park, fill up whenever you can.

OUR NUMBER 1 RECOMMENDATION– Book something other than a hike!


After the scenic drive, we drove to spend the afternoon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We ate Liberty Burger for lunch and enjoyed our meals and a milkshake for dessert! We had to wait about 15 minutes after arriving because it was a busy spot for lunch.

Before the trip even started, Greg and I knew we didn’t want to spend our last night in Wyoming as we had to drop the RV off in Salt Lake by 11:00am the next morning. In order for this to happen, we would have had to wake up by 4:00am and get on the road. We decided to look for free places to park for the night closer to Salt Lake. Online we found Cabelas, Bass Pro Shop, REI, etc… any outdoor shop will let you park in their parking lot for free! We ended up finding a Cabelas in Idaho but after arriving, we realized we were only 2 hours away from the Cabelas in Salt Lake. We decided to make the drive so we could sleep in even longer tomorrow. Our last night consisted of packing up and watching Netflix.

We woke up and headed to the Salt Lake City Cruise America location- the return process took about an hour but was relatively easy. From there, we got an Uber and headed to the airport which meant our honeymoon was officially over.

Greg and I had the time of our lives and we are still so happy we decided to do this trip. We were already planning our next route in as we waited at the airport. Our only regret was not taking the next day off of work. Our flight landed at 11:00pm and by the time we got home and in bed it was 12:30am. Work the next day was TERRIBLE.

So, how do you think we did on our miles? Do you think we hit our goal?

Unfortunately, we did not hit our goal of 100 miles but we came so close….. 96 miles!! 96 miles by foot on our honeymoon is amazing and we would do it again tomorrow if we could!

Let us know what you enjoyed most while reading through our posts. Is there anything we didn’t cover that you would like to hear about? Let us know! As always, feel free to reach out if you need help planning a trip or have any further questions!

Bryce Canyon National Park Guide

(This post is part 5/6- make sure to read the others. While you’re reading, click anything blue and you will see I attached links and additional images for more information!)

Our second to last stop on our honeymoon was to Bryce Canyon National Park.

*All times included time spent taking pictures/enjoying the views.

* We visited in the middle of June

Day 1- Tuesday

We left Zion National Park at 8:00am (if you remember, RVs can only travel through the tunnel from 8am to 8pm) and arrived at Bryce National Park around 10:30. The drive was very easy and scenic as you pass through the Red Canyons on your way. Because we could not check into our campground until 12:00pm, we hopped on the shuttle and headed towards the visitor center to pick up our maps and get more information on the park. From the visitor center we headed to complete our first hike, the Wall Street/Queens Garden Loop (with an accidental trip on the Navajo Loop).

Navajo Loop

Distance- .5 miles

Time- 15 minutes

Shuttle- Stop 6 (Sunset Point)

The Navajo loop is longer than what we completed but it was closed at the bridges, we accidently ended up on this loop and went .25 miles down until we saw the “closed” signs and back. The views were incredible though so if you have an extra 15 minutes, hike down.

Wall Street/Queens Garden Loop

Distance- 3.4 miles

Time- 2.5 hours

Shuttle- Stop 6 (Sunset Point)

This loop is recommended to be completed in a clockwise direction because there are steep switchbacks or declines down wall street if you complete it counter clockwise. Greg and I realized we would rather go down a steep decline than up an incline and completed it counter clockwise. Either direction is fine and people were going both ways. This loop has great views of the hoodoos and walls- make sure to look up and around! In order to complete a full loop, we completed part of the Rim Trail from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point (where we started). If you want to complete just this part of the hike without the loop I listed above, you can.  

Rim Trail (Sunrise Point to Sunset Point)

Distance- .5 miles

Time- 15 minutes

Shuttle- Stop 8 (Sunrise Point)

The Rim Trail is a total of 11 miles but you have the option of getting off at various shuttle stops and completing short parts. We found this to be the best option as an 11 mile straight hike was not for us. We still got great views of the canyon and hoodoos!

We took a mid-day break from hiking and went to lunch at Ruby’s Canyon Diner. Unfortunately, we were very unpleased with our meals and did not return. We ordered the 15 inch pizza to share/have leftovers for $25.00 only to realize the 7 inch pizza was $6.50… we could have ordered 4 of the 7 inch pizzas for the price of one. We asked to modify our orders to our preference and it was not respected. I ended up ordering a chicken sandwich because of how the pizza looked and after two bites, I threw it out. I am not writing this to warn everyone not to go there, but this was just our opinion. Feel free to try it out! I am sure if you visit you may have a different experience. After lunch we checked into our campground, Ruby’s Inn and Campground. Ruby’s Inn had full hook up, laundry, general store, and a shuttle stop. After checking in, we took a two hour nap before our last planned hike for the day which was another section of the Rim Trail, Bryce Point to Inspiration Point.

Rim Trail (Bryce Point to Inspiration Point)

Distance- 1.6 miles

Time- 1 hour

Shuttle- Stop 3 (Bryce Point)

Once again, this trail is a section of the 11-mile Rim Trail. We hiked from Bryce Point to Inspiration Point because it was mostly downhill. If you complete it the other way, you will have more of an uphill hike. We took advantage of the lookout points and snapped many pictures- our favorite was the Upper Inspiration Point lookout, to the left of that is the Amphitheater. Everything looks fake and we said we felt like we were on a movie set.

After the hike, we hopped back on the shuttle to get our RV- RV’s are only allowed to park at most places after 8pm. We asked for recommendations on where to see the sunset and ironically were told Upper Inspiration Point. The sunset here was very pretty but we enjoyed turning around and looking over the canyon with the color change. We definitely recommended you hike up here to see the sunset, you will not be disappointed.

Our night ended with us being so tired, we once again did not want to cook dinner. We were told the Cowboy Buffet and Steakhouse was good so we decided to eat there. We both got the buffet for $22.00 (each) and I would say it was worth it- you were able to choose from: chicken, pork, rice, pasta, soup, salad, and dessert.

Day 2- Wednesday

After so many days packed with hiking, our bodies were getting tired. We found ourselves picking shorter hikes rather than longer ones but that was okay, we deserved to relax on this trip too. Well… a little since we were still very determined to hit 100 miles! How do you think we are doing so far? Do you think we will hit our goal? Day two at Bryce Canyon was only filled with two hikes, the Tower Bridge in the morning and the Mossy Cave Trail at night to look at the stars (one of the shuttle drivers recommended it).

Tower Bridge

Distance- 3.2 miles

Time- 2 hours

Shuttle- Stop 8 (Sunrise Point)

The Tower Bridge hike is a part of the Fairyland Loop. If you plan on doing this loop, do not complete the Tower Bridge on a separate day! The Fairyland Loop is a total of 8 miles which is why we decided to just complete the one section. This hike is listed as easy but was far from that. First, you hike 1.6 miles down into the canyon and then when you are tired and hot, you have to hike 1.6 miles out- we were exhausted but took many rest periods and drank lots of water!

Before going out for our evening hike to Mossy Cave, we went to the Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill for a country concert- you have the option of eating dinner at the buffet but it was a little too expensive as neither one of us was super hungry ($30-40 depending on what you want as your main meal). The concert was great so if you have time, check it out! It’s $10 if you are not eating dinner and just want to attend the concert.

Mossy Cave Trail

Distance- .8 miles (total out and back)

Time- 30 minutes

Shuttle- No shuttle stop, this trail is outside the park, about a 10 minute drive

Okay, so here is the thing… this hike was only .8 miles but we didn’t complete it for a few reasons. As we were walking in everything was fine, a couple was leaving and said we were the only ones there and to have fun because we would be all alone. As soon as it got dark, all I could think about was the movie Wrong Turn (if you haven’t seen it, google it, and you’ll know why I was scared)- yes, I know I am a baby. Greg also warned me of the animal life we may run into including mountain lions and coyotes, I wasn’t too concerned about them until we saw a really big snake and I thought “Oh, the animals must all come out at night,” which made me even more scared. Greg agreed to forego the rest of the hike after about .3 miles in and on our way back all we could smell was a skunk- now my fear of being sprayed by a skunk on my honeymoon set in! Overall, this hike looked like it would have been great so we recommend completing it in the daytime or nighttime if you aren’t scared like I was. Let me know if you go at night and how the stars are!


SHUTTLE SYSTEM– There is a free shuttle here at Bryce National Park. It takes about 45 minutes to complete the entire loop or you can look for crossover points to shorten your trip. The bus drivers were all great and can help with anything you need.

VISITOR CENTER- Definitely make a stop here, the rangers can provide you with any information or questions you may have, you can buy souvenirs at the gift shop, grab free maps (we lived off of using ours), and get a stamp for your National Park Passport! We added to our National Park patch collection here.  

SERVICE- We had service and WiFi at our campground which was nice for a change, we were immediately able to send pictures to our family. 

FOOD- We packed a lot of snacks for our hikes including trail mix, crackers, etc. Having the RV available after each hike was very convenient for meals as well. There are many restaurants, cafes, and stores in the town of Bryce City and the staff can provide recommendations if you are craving something specific. Our reviews of the restaurants we ate at are above.

LAUNDRY– There was a laundry facility at our campground but we did not need it or know how much it costs.

WEATHER– It was hot! Luckily, there were some shaded parts during our hikes but definitely bring lots of water.   

TRAILS- If you are limited on time, plan out your top trails and do them first; you might be surprised that you have extra time in the day that allows for more adventures.

FIREWOOD- You are not allowed to gather branches for firewood, it must be purchased.

OUR NUMBER 1 RECOMMENDATION- Attend a local event- concert, rodeo, etc.

OUR NUMBER 1 RECOMMENDED HIKE- Views from in the canyon: Wall Street/Queens Garden, Views from on top of the canyon: Bryce Point to Inspiration Point.