Going on road trips is one of the best parts of your vacations. If you’re about to start of long road trip, then remember the following tips:
To survive a long car ride:
When You’re Traveling Alone
- Set a limit to how many hours that you will drive that day and stick to it. I will only drive 10 hours a day maximum
- Choose the music that you want to listen to before you leave. If you don’t want to hear it, don’t bring it
- Stop at truck stops, not rest areas. Most truck stops have bathrooms, food, drinks, medicine, a place to eat, gas, auto supplies, a restaurant (or at least fast food) etc. Rest stops have… bathrooms.
- Buy an extra cell phone car charger and keep it in your glove box..
- Stretch every time that you stop.
- Get AAA (If you are in the United States or Canada).
- Drive with comfortable, hard-soled shoes or boots on.
- Take three flashlights of varying sizes and batteries for all three.
- Take at least 2-3 days worth of food (dried or easy open cans) and a case of water with you, in addition to your normal road trip food.
When You’re Traveling as a Couple
If you’re traveling with a significant other, the above tips still come into play, but to survive a long car ride also note the following:
- If you are angry before your trip, work it out before you go.
- Bring music/audiobooks/podcasts/etc. that either you both like or that you can at least tolerate.
- No shortcuts.
- Stop when one of you wants to.
- Decide on who is going to drive where before you leave.
- Keep your driving “advice” to yourself.
- If there’s a subject that usually provokes disputes, avoid it.
- If your companion is ill or tired, stop.
- Make your reservations before you leave.
- Stay in the nicest place that you can afford. You want to survive a long car ride, not over do anything!