How to Survive a Long Car Ride

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:

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To survive a long car ride:

When You’re Traveling Alone

  1. 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
  2. Choose the music that you want to listen to before you leave. If you don’t want to hear it, don’t bring it
  3. 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.
  4. Buy an extra cell phone car charger and keep it in your glove box..
  5. Stretch every time that you stop.
  6. Get AAA (If you are in the United States or Canada).
  7. Drive with comfortable, hard-soled shoes or boots on.
  8. Take three flashlights of varying sizes and batteries for all three.
  9. 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:

  1. If you are angry before your trip, work it out before you go.
  2. Bring music/audiobooks/podcasts/etc. that either you both like or that you can at least tolerate.
  3. No shortcuts.
  4. Stop when one of you wants to.
  5. Decide on who is going to drive where before you leave.
  6. Keep your driving “advice” to yourself.
  7. If there’s a subject that usually provokes disputes, avoid it.
  8. If your companion is ill or tired, stop.
  9. Make your reservations before you leave.
  10. Stay in the nicest place that you can afford. You want to survive a long car ride, not over do anything!

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