Road trips are one of my absolute favorite ways of traveling, and this week, I’ll be taking another one – up to Toronto for TBEX. As much as I love a good road trip, sometimes the hours on end spent driving or trapped in the car can get to me, but there are a few essentials that usually help me keep my sanity.
As a child, my family would spend countless hours in the car, driving up and down the East Coast in search of the next adventure or stories from history. I learned most of my traveling skills from this time on the road and have continued to carry them with me over time.
Since then, I have taken quite a few road trips. Whether it was up to Vermont and Maine for Phish’s summer festivals, down to Tennessee for Bonnaroo, driving around Europe with my family, or the North Island of New Zealand with my cousin, Michelle, road trips are one of my favorite ways to travel.
From my experience, I’ve devised a list of essentials for any road trip. Without these five items, I am not sure I’d be able to make the trip.
The Ultimate Playlist
When you’re singing your favorite tune while driving down the highway, time just seems to fly by. Music can make any journey feel shorter than it actually may be, as long as you have the right playlist. Need suggestions? Each Monday, I post my favorite songs in my Music Mondays posts; I’m certain that you’ll be sure to find a song or two to add to your road trip playlist.
At Least One Trusty Companion
The wise Tim Cahill once said, “A journey is best measured in friends, not in miles.” This is true in all forms of travel, but makes the most sense when it comes to hitting the road. As the hours driving tick on, the car can become a prison to those trapped inside, and when you’re stuck, you want to be with people who can find the humor in whatever your journey brings.
As far as I’m concerned, moments on the road must be captured. Sure you’ll pass beautiful scenes along the road, but sometimes the best photos are captured while you are actually driving, trying to kill the time in traffic, with seemingly endless time for photos.
Caffeine is clearly one of the most important essentials, especially when you are in the driver’s seat. Luckily, there are usually plenty of coffee stops along the road. Whether it’s your favorite treat at Starbucks, or a small, local coffee shop, make sure you have enough caffeine in your system to keep you going.
A Positive Attitude
Life on the road isn’t always ideal, and a lot can happen on the way. But, as long as you look on the bright side, and laugh or smile through whatever trouble comes your way, you should be able to last the remainder of the car ride.
I am sure you could add plenty more, but as long as I have these five, I can survive any road trip. No matter where in the world that happens to be.