Travel As winter dwindles here in Big Sky, MT, Larry and I prepare for another move. We decided that driving directly back to LA would be dreary, so instead, we will turn our move to a week long road trip!
Last year, we spent about 2.5 months road tripping, so we’ve nailed down a pretty solid routine. When it comes to preparing for life on the road we now know exactly what we need and what we can do without.
These are the five things I tend to put special thought into the days leading up to a road trip:
A road trip without music is like a movie without a soundtrack. It’s absolutely essential to get your jam on sometime, if not all the time, during your journey. Having a variety of genres available for instant play will enhance your trip by offering a change of pace when needed while driving on long stretches of road.
We have a few go-to road trip songs, ourselves- ones that fondly remind us of prior drives every time we hear them.
Also note: podcasts are a beautiful creation! Not only do they offer entertainment to pass the time, they are educational. You can learn about all kinds of stuff from urban myths to foreign languages.
Our favorites: Serial, TED Radio Hours, This American Life
2. Healthy Snacks
While on the road, it’s all too easy to get lured into eating fast food and processed munchies. For this reason, we always make sure to load up on healthy options before setting out on a trip. Trail mixes, jerky, dark chocolate, clementines, fruit leathers, etc.: these kinds of foods are easy to pack and enjoy on the road, providing sustenance and curbing unhealthy temptations. You’ll simply feel better for it and you’ll have more energy to stay fueled during your excursions.
It doesn’t matter if you use a fancy DSLR or an iPhone, having a camera handy on a road trip is super rewarding. You really never know what you’ll run into, and it’s nice to have the ability to capture extra-special moments.
Like this one time Larry and I were driving through the most desolate stretch of road right up near the arctic circle, and we saw no trace of humanity for hours until we came across a man riding a unicycle down the road. A unicycle! I’m glad I had my camera for that one.
As technology dominates the modern lifestyle, it’s important to use it wisely.
Avoid the obvious: texting while driving, being too into your screen to appreciate your surroundings, so on and so forth.
Do use it for other purposes like: navigation, roadside assistance, Yelp!, podcasts, emergency contact and things of that nature.
We are lucky to have widespread access to internet this day in age. It’s an invaluable resource in times of need.
Oh, and make sure you bring all your chargers, too!
5. Your Sense of Adventure
Don’t leave home without it.