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Summer Fun – A Guest Post by Gina LaManna

Road Tripping!

An almost complete list of “Do’s and Don’ts” for a successful summer road trip!

Hi, friends! Thanks so much to Aimee for letting me join Hello Chick Lit’s Summer Fun blog series – I’m thrilled to be here! A quick introduction: My name is Gina LaManna, and I write books that are meant to make people smile. Most of my books are mysteries with heavy doses of romance and humor. I have one Chick Lit novel called Girl Tripping, and that is the book which inspired today’s blog post!

Girl Tripping is a story about three girls who meet randomly in an online book club. (Shout out to Monique, Joy, and Asheley, who inspired this story!) When the girls finally meet up in real life, they head out on a road trip as part of a contest to win $50,000. Of course everything goes wrong from the start, but it’s a ton of fun, and the book was a blast to write.

The audiobook came out a couple of weeks ago, and while I was listening to the final version, it got me thinking… What are everyone’s do’s and don’ts when they go on road trips? I polled a bunch of my readers, and we came up with a list that’s fun and fitting for all your summer road trip needs!

Master Road Trip List

  • Pee EVERY chance you get (Bonus points for using the restroom before its urgent.)
  • If there is some place anyone wants to stop, stop! See a cool sign? Take a detour and check it out.
  • Carry toilet paper! (Bonus points for wipes.)
  • If you find a weird-sounding name of a store or town, take the exit! It’ll be a good story, or at least a laugh.
  • Bring the essentials: Coffee, vanilla coke, chocolate and lollies (Can you tell I got this bullet point from an Aussie friend?)
  • Prepare games! “I Spy” works wonders…
  • Choose at least ten places you want to see. Doesn’t matter if you make it there or not – if something else sounds better on the way, change your plans.
  • Plan ahead with your destination and a few places you want to stop.
  • Bring WATER!
  • Mint leaves/lollies/ candies are great to help prevent car sickness.
  • Come with good “jams” for the road! (Bonus point for offline tunes – these’ll get you through places that have no reception!)
  • Don’t stop at the first motel you see in a city.
  • Make sure to stretch at rest stops – you don’t want to be too sore to enjoy the destination!
  • Factor in time for spontaneous side trips!
  • Seek out local Walmarts, etc., for forgotten necessities.
  • If anyone says “that looks interesting” – stop!
  • Bring compact deodorizer!
  • Bring money for souvenirs and local cuisine!
  • Stop at every candy store along the way.

Okie dokie, friends. That’s a good start! You’ll notice that most of this list turned into “Do’s,” but I think that’s okay! Even the strangest places can leave you with a great memory. J I also want to give a huge thank-you to all the readers from Cozy with a Twist who chipped in with suggestions for this post!

Finally, the good stuff. GIVEAWAY TIME!


I’d like to giveaway a picture frame that I think is fitting to the post… Leave a comment telling me about your fave road trip, and I’ll mail this frame to one random winner in the U.S.! (Flower not included since it died. But it was really pretty while it lasted!)

Thanks all for reading! If you need an audiobook for your road trip, I still have a few free codes for Girl Tripping. Send me an email or shoot me a message on Facebook, and I’m happy to gift a few copies (first come, first served). Thanks, Aimee!

About the Author:

Gina LaManna


Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. At the moment she lives nine blocks from the beach and sometimes runs marathons. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She has one imaginary dog.

Gina also writes the Mini Pie the Spy! books, under pen name,Libby LaManna, a children’s series featuring an over-enthusiastic little detective, similar in style to Junie B. Jones.

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Girl Tripping


I didn’t expect to spend my annual company party sobbing in a photo booth, wearing nothing but a homemade grass skirt and a pair of coconuts. I also didn’t expect to lose my apartment, my job, and my boyfriend in a rapid series of embarrassing events. Events that, unfortunately, also landed me in a bit of hot water, and left me with a secret that only money can fix.

So when the opportunity arose to enter my book club buddies into a contest for a chance to win $50,000, I took it…I just forgot to tell them about it. And guess what? We won. Which poses a problem, since I didn’t bother to read the fine print.

Now, I need to find a way to convince Alex and Gigi, two gems I’ve never even met outside of a computer screen, to recreate a girls’ trip with me – photos and all – by the end of the week.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Girl Tripping is a full-length, standalone chick-lit/romantic comedy novel.
It features a strong set of girlfriends, a sweet romantic interest, and some sassy heroines on the adventure of a lifetime.

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  • Reply Tamara

    The last long road trip was driving from Florida to New York. We had a lot of fun stopping at each rest stop in each state. The kids really enjoyed it. The best part was visiting family but the trip up was so fun. Thanks for the chance!

    July 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Samantha McCarthy

    Last summer my daughter and I road tripped to Nashville, TN for a Luke Bryan concert at Vanderbilt University. We had a blast!

    July 19, 2016 at 5:14 am
    • Reply Gina LaManna

      Samantha, you are the random winner! Please message me on my facebook page (listed above), and I will get you your prize! 🙂

      July 21, 2016 at 1:52 am

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