Road Trip Do’s and Don’ts

Traveling to a new city seems so exciting, until you begin thinking about all the details. Will you fly? Is it close enough to drive? How many hours am I willing to travel? Or, like in my case, the budget just isn’t big enough for a last-minute flight. My latest road trip took 17 HOURS. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of road trips. I love stopping and being able to take the “scenic route”, but what happens when your 10 hour trip turns into 17?  You start to get a little moody and tired.

These are my tips to make your trip fun but not take too long.

DO Bring pillows & blankets. 

Trust me, no one can drive for 10 straight hours by themselves. Whether it is your spouse, friends, or family, it IS okay to say you need a break. You don’t have to fall asleep but being cozy and comfy is definitely a plus. This is especially necessary if you’re driving somewhere cold.

DONT Stop every hour.

Plan out your stops, check your gas tank, and don’t drink a gallon of water in the car. Especially if you’re traveling with a group of friends who may not need to stop so much. This will probably cause tension during the rest of the ride. If there are sightseeing spots, plan them out and make sure EVERYONE is on board.

DO Take a million pictures.

Even if people make fun of you for it, keep taking them. When you look back at your trip, you and everyone else will love those memories.

DONT Leave your personal belongings behind. 

Please make sure before you leave the rest stop that you have EVERYTHING. It’s inconvenient to everyone with you and especially annoying when you realize three hours later and you have to turn around. This is why my trip became 17 hours long by the way.

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(My boyfriend Richard/ Destination: Jacksonville, North Carolina)

 

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