Road Trip Essentials: Sweet July Staff Picks

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Here at  Sweet July, we’re big on filling our cups with new, fun experiences. So, while the summer months are still upon us, road trips are always a good idea. We’ve rounded up our favorite products, snacks and recipes to help you get road-trip-ready. Exciting adventures await!

“Supergoop! Glowscreen. Everybody should know that the sun rays can be harmful while sitting in the car. The travel-size Supergoop! Glowscreen is in a cute little bottle that allows you to rub it on easily every two hours to avoid sun damage.”


“A journal is clutch. I like to record my thoughts, feelings and experiences. I also like to write down any animals that I see while traveling. Later, I look them up in my spirit animal book to look for any messages.”


“At all times, I am ready for a road trip. In my trunk, I have a hammock, an inflatable sofa (air sofa), my collection of blankets, a beach chair and my skateboard with longboard hardware for optimum cruising.” 


“A good pillow!”


“Music adapter in case you are in a place that has no good stations.”


“Clean Skin Club Wipes. Can’t travel without them. Really can’t live without them.”

Selects From The Sweet July Shop:
For warm beverages: Fellow Carter Move Mug
For cold beverages: Sweet July Stojo Cup
For packing travel essentials: Sweet July Woven Linen Weekender Bag
For a car nap: Johanna Howard Home Cozi Throw

We’ve curated snacks that are easy to transport and designed to fuel you through long car rides. The only thing challenging about these recipes is not polishing them off before the trip starts.

Our S’mores Popcorn is everything you love about S’mores—graham crackers, chocolate and toasty marshmallows, but with a fraction of the effort.


Our Spiced Nut Mix combines savory spices like cumin, chili powder and sweet paprika to make a satisfying snack that is anything but boring.


S’mores Popcorn


2 tbsp canola oil 

1/2 cup popcorn

2 tbsp butter, melted 

3 graham crackers, broken into bite-sized pieces 

1 tbsp raw sugar 

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 

1 cup mini marshmallows 



  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the popcorn and partially cover with a lid, leaving a gap to allow steam to escape. Allow the corn to pop, occasionally shaking the pot. When the popping stops, turn off the heat and remove the lid. Add the melted butter, sugar and salt, and gently toss to distribute.  

  2. Set the oven to broil and allow it to heat up.  

  3. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread the popcorn onto the sheet pan. Scatter the graham cracker pieces and marshmallows evenly over the popcorn. Place the popcorn under the broiler and allow the marshmallows to get charred and puffy. It will take less than a minute, so don’t walk away!  

  4. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe cup and cook in the microwave for increments of 15 seconds, stirring each time, until the chocolate has melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn. Allow to cool, then enjoy!  


Spiced Nut Mix


2 cups raw mixed nuts (we like almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts)  

2 1/2 tbsp salted butter, melted

1/2 tbsp dark brown sugar 

2 tsp chili powder 

2 tsp sweet paprika 

1 tsp garlic powder 

1 tsp cumin 

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 

1/2 tsp kosher salt 



  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray. 

  2. In a small bowl, add spices and sugar and mix till combined. 

  3. Add nuts to a large bowl and toss to coat with butter and spice mixture. 

  4. Place onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway through. 

  5. Allow cooling before serving. 

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