7 Tips for Your Next Road Trip
posted on March 28, 2018 | by Amanda Holstein
You know I love a good road trip. And after experiencing many throughout my twenties—through the southwest and even cross-country—I’ve learned a lot. There are certain things that can really make or break your trip. So before you head out on your next road trip, take a look at these road trip essentials below!
1. Get your car in order.
This may not be the fun part, but it’s better than breaking down in the middle of nowhere! Before you head out on a long drive, just make sure your car is in good shape. If there are any lights on or if you haven’t had it serviced in a while, make sure to do so before you leave. It’s also so important to have your car insurance in order.
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2. Wear comfy clothes & layers.
You’ll want to be comfortable if you’re going to be sitting in a car for long periods of time. I like to wear comfortable shoes and layers since temperatures can change drastically on a long drive. These are my most comfortable jeans (I suggest sizing down!), so I paired them with an easy t-shirt (just $25!) and this oversized cardigan (it’s SO soft and only $39!). My Birkenstocks are my go-to comfy shoes as well!
3. Bring a pillow & blanket.
Driving can take a lot out of you, so you never know when one of you’ll want to take a quick nap! If you’re driving alone, don’t be afraid to take a break when you’re feeling tired. And if you have a friend, take some time while they’re driving for a quick nap in the backseat!
4. Pack lots of snacks.
I mean, duh. Snacking is one of my favorite parts of a road trip! I usually bring a mix of healthy snacks and junk food. Things you can munch on like popcorn or trail mix are great options. But I also can’t resist my favorite candy :). I’m a sucker for blow pops, Twix, and gummy candy!
5. Make a playlist for the ride.
If you have time, I definitely suggest putting together a playlist for the ride! The music makes all the difference, and it can be distracting picking out songs as you’re driving. Check out my Advice from a 20 Something playlists here if you’re in need of some options!
6. Have your camera on hand.
You can’t head out without your camera! Road trips are the best time to capture photos. You’ll want to be able to look back on this experience! You can, of course, use your phone, but I think it’s fun to bring along either a DSLR or a fun instant film camera!
7. If you see anything interesting, stop!
If you’re not on a tight timeline, it’s so important to make stops along your trip! That’s really where the memories happen. If you see anything that looks even the slightest bit interesting, it can’t hurt to pull over and take a look! You never know what you’ll find :).
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Jasmine Stafford Says
Great article but the oversized cardigan is now on sale for $29 !! :) Just ordered it !!!
Elizabeth Mayberry Says
Okay, you found the cutest gas station ever!!! I love these road trip tips!!
Britney Matheson Says
Love this list! Especially when stopping if something seems interesting! I sometimes am so focused on the destination I forget to enjoy the journey to the destination!
Biplab Poddar Says
Thanks for sharing this. Your tips are very helpful. I am a travel freak and travel a lot. Next year Alaska is on my card.Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness., and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Next year I definitely want to explore Albany.
People often have a theme that they base their worldly travels on, but how about a mental mantra for your travel? Out of a cheerleading event that consisted of our family shouting supportive words at our daughter who was attempting to kill a rather monstrous spider that the rest of us were too chicken to get close to, came this great quote, “If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!”
This quote came back to haunt me when on vacation in Seattle. I thought it would be a great idea to take the kids on the Seattle Great Wheel, the ferris wheel overlooking the ocean, but as we approached it, I realized how high it went and immediately panicked! Just as I had decided to put the kids on it on their own, my daughter says, “Come on dad…If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!” What could I do at that point?! She was telling me to stop thinking and creating more fear about the situation and just get on the thing!
“If you don’t think, and you just do, then it’s done!” We all now keep this quote in our back pocket, ready to whip out at any time to push one of us forward into an adventure we know they won’t regret. No hesitations, don’t allow any time for fear to set in, and be prepared for your kids to turn your life advice back on you
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Excellent photo and article! I’m never leaving my home without my favorite camera. She becomes the thing that I always take with me first on my trips
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Nice Picture. Such a very helpful tips on road trip. I agree with you.. thanks for sharing..
Anshul Kaushal Says
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