Adventure is Key.
Don’t be afraid to venture off the road frequently travelled. If something catches your eye on your way to your final destination, stop and explore it! Road trips are much more exciting if you stop and smell the roses along the way.
Its hard to enjoy smelling the roses when you can only think about needing to use the bathroom! Bathroom breaks should be planned accordingly. Keep a close eye on the highway signs that say X number of miles until the next rest stop. Some of your passengers might have a smaller bladder and need to stop more frequently. They will appreciate your consideration.
Co-pilots are a Must.
Road trips are much more enjoyable if someone is there to experience it with you. They are also important to have so you can trade off driving when you get tired and need a rest. Driving long distances alone can be dangerous as you became more tired. Whether it is a group of friends, a significant other, or whomever, just be sure to recruit some co-pilots for your journey!
Drinks are Important.
Yes, you will be sitting for a long time, but it still is very important to remain hydrated on the road! Being hydrated will help you remain alert on the road and having sufficient water and beverages will probably make your passengers more pleasant to be around as well.
Everyone Needs to be on the Same Page.
This means that everybody participating in the road trip should be aware of simple things like when the group is leaving. It seems like an obvious piece of information that everyone should know, but you will feel better confirming the simple details than leaving it up to chance.
Fun is the Goal.
The point of the road trip is to have fun and enjoy your time with people you care about! If you’re not having fun, just take a deep breath and relax, because spending time with people important to you should be more enjoyable than having to be at work all day!
GPS, GPS, GPS.
No matter how confident the driver is that they know where they are going, use a GPS. Forcing them to use a GPS certainly beats the alternative of being lost in a town you have never been to before. Besides, if they’ve never been there either, then they definitely don’t know where they are going.
Have your Spare Car Keys with You!
Wouldn’t it be awful if you accidentally locked yourself out of your vehicle hundreds of miles from home? Or lost your keys at a hotel or rest stop? That is why having your spare keys with you is a must. If anything, it will give you peace of mind knowing you have a backup plan.
Impatience Needs to be Avoided.
You’re going to be in the car for a long time, so it is best to try and avoid thoughts like “Are we almost there yet?” Trying to remain patient and just enjoying the scenery around you will help you forget about the long road ahead!
Just Accept that Something will go Wrong.
Now this doesn’t mean that you will break down in the middle of nowhere. However, it does mean that you will be inconvenienced somehow along the way to your final destination. For instance, you might end up in a huge traffic jam on the interstate. There will always be things that happen that you just can’t plan for. If you start the trip knowing that not everything will be perfect, then you will handle inconveniences much more rationally.
Kids Need Entertainment.
I know when my family went on road trips, my grandma always made a goodie bag for the young kids to keep them entertained. Kids are not going to have the patience to just sit for hours on end. They will need some sort of entertainment. Whether it’s a coloring book or a movie to watch, you will feel much better knowing you don’t have to worry about the kids for a couple of hours.
Let Your Body do the Talking.
There will probably be a point where everyone is either exhausted or burnt out on driving for the day. That is the time to listen to your body and take a break. Pull over to the nearest rest stop and catch some sleep or just get out of the car and walk for a while. Do not try and power through when your body is telling you to stop.
Music is a Must
Personally, I can’t stand driving in silence. Having a road trip playlist can be useful to helping you stay focused on driving. Listening to your favorite songs will always put people in a better mood! The rule always is that the driver gets to choose the songs too!
Never Under Pack Snacks.
It will always be better to have leftover snacks that you can eat at your destination then to run out of snacks halfway there. Having no food will make passengers grumpy! Always have more than necessary.
Other Playlists are also Necessary.
I know music has already been mentioned, but this is an entirely different type of playlist that will be needed, particularly for night time driving. Music does not help a person stay focused like laughing does in the early hours of the morning. So, I recommend downloading your favorite comedian's standup specials onto your phone for this very situation. You will be attentive as you listen for the next joke and laughing will wake your body up and keep you focused.
Potty Breaks for Puppies.
If your four-legged friend is making the trek with you, just remember their bladders are usually much smaller than our own. They probably will require more frequent stops than people would, so keep that in mind. Also, they need to stretch their legs more since they are most likely being cooped up in a small seat that is uncomfortable for them. Do not ignore your pet's needs just because they can't express them with words.
If you choose to use hotels for resting on your trip, make sure that they are quality hotels! Check the reviews before you stay there. A trip could be ruined if everyone in the car ends up with bed bugs!
Rest Before the Trip
Your body will most likely not be getting adequate sleep on a road trip. It is important to get a couple of good night's sleep before the trip starts. That way, your body has some reserve energy if you need to use it!
Snacks can be a Good Breakfast.
A good way to make up time on your trip is to not eat a formal breakfast at a restaurant. Granola bars and fruit can do just fine for breakfast and can be done on the road.
Take a Pillow.
Sleeping in a car is difficult when you are resting against the hard surface of a car. Make sure to take a pillow with you so you can get some decent sleep! Car sleeping is already not that great, so don't compound the problem by not having a pillow!
Unique Destinations are Fun!
Travelling to lesser known places can be fun and a very special experience. I once had a road trip to South Dakota. No one I know has done that road trip and it was a unique experience that not many people can say they have done.
A little shameless self-promotion from myself here, but if you know someone has a road trip taking them through Stark county, have them check out the Visit Canton website! They will surely find something fun to do while they are in the area!
World's Biggest Something...
Every state has their own version of a world's biggest ball of yarn or world's tallest chair or something along those lines. I recommend stopping and looking at these if it is on the way for you! It is a unique thing to say you've seen and is a way to stop and stretch the legs!
eXpressways are the Way!
I have done road trips on back roads and road trips on expressways, and let me tell you, expressways are much, much better! After the first few hours on the back roads that you think are more scenic, you start to realize that it is a much slower way of travel. I find it best to only use back roads when you want to visit a specific place on those roads.
Young People Aren't the Only Ones who can Road Trip!
When people think of road trippers, they generally think of young adults packing up with their friends and hitting the open road like in the movies. This obviously isn't the case. Who says you can't road trip once you become older? It might even be more fun once you're older as your life experience will help you make the most out of the trip!
Ziplock Bags are a Must Have.
This is a good way to keep your food fresher longer! Use ziplock bags after snacks have been opened to make them last longer. This will also save room because you won't have a big box from the snack in the car anymore!