I am excited to share the first edition of our new "How To" Blog Series.
Of all the things we know how to do well, road tripping is certainly one of our specialties. We have been on road trips together all over the country and even to Canada. Here are some of our top tips...
1. Pick music you both enjoy. For us this means a lot of Collective Soul, The Eagles, The Beatles, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Against Me.
2. Pack snacks. Sitting in the car for hours at a time without snacks is asking for trouble. We love cashews, trail mix with lots of dried fruit, granola bars and Peace Tea. And chocolate, of course. We also love having snacks that are just "road trip snacks." The only time we ever get Peace Tea is at gas stations after hours in the car!
3. Let the passenger nap. This gives the driver the perfect excuse to listen to music that their significant other hates. Hello, Taylor Swift.
4. Embrace road food. Some of the best meals that we have had have been little spots in the road. Calzones in Lake City, CO, chocolate huckleberry cake in Kalispell, MT, mexican food in Fort Bragg, CA, waffles in Portland, OR....the list goes on and on. Of course, some of the worst meals have been on the road as well. It's all part of the experience.
5. Be spontaneous. Some of the best places we have traveled were not on our original itinerary. Take advantage of the control you have on the road. Don't be afraid to take the path less traveled.
6. Be prepared and pack layers. Just because you are traveling in the middle of the summer doesn't mean you won't run into cold, rainy, 34 degree days. Always pack a waterproof jacket, a warm fleece and a beanie. Always. Being unprepared means getting cold which means getting grumpy. Better to pack a jacket and hat you never wear than to be grumpy.
7. Switch drivers every 3-4 hours. Don't wait for the driver to ask the passenger to drive. Offering to drive when it is convenient to switch is always appreciated by the driver.
8. Look at the map before you start driving. Having a general idea of where you are going makes a big difference once you are on the road.
9. Let go of expectations and you will enjoy it that much more. Expectations just set you up for disappointment. Don't get hung up on seeing all the sights, going to every recommended restaurant, taking the perfect pictures and looking effortlessly stylish through it all. Road trips with your best friend are special because they are your trip. Don't feel like you need to do it the same way as everyone else. Make it your own.