Road trips are awesome. A great way to travel, see new places, spend time with your family/friends and sometimes the most affordable way to travel. And if you have been following our series, we have talked about how to plan a road trip and what to take into consideration. If you haven’t read our last post on how to plan the road trip click here.
You already decide and plan your trip so now comes the actual road trip and how to survive it. Which it sounds easy, but sometimes it’s not. In my family, we have a saying “the first 4 hours are all fun and craziness after that you will want to sleep”. And it’s normal it can happen just remember that if you are driving or being a co-pilot, don’t let the driver fall asleep.
Here are some tips that helped me on my last road trip:
- Food. – I recommend bring your own food, either sandwiches or something that can be eaten easily in the car or in a rest area. We went to a Walmart, and we bought everything to make sandwiches, and a couple of snacks, and it was around $30 dollars (at most) and later one when we wanted to eat we just stop in a rest area and eat, we took our time and walk around to stretch our legs. Besides bringing your own snack it’s healthier. Gives you more option than just candies that you can get when you stop and put gas in the car. Don’t get me wrong you can also buy food when you are on the road. On our drive back, around lunchtime, we were putting gas and there was this sign saying that in the store they have family sized pizza for $9 bucks. So we go into the store and it’s true they have a little part in the store where they make the pizza and you can choose your toppings and everything and they make it, on the spot. Not only that, the best thing they also had salads and fruits cut into little pieces so you can have them on the road, it was a great choice. We all had a meal and we didn’t spend a lot of money, and the pizza was really good.
- Gas. – This is an expense that you need to have in mind. However, there are a couple of thing to considerate to save money. The first is maintaining the same speed (or just put the navigator) the whole time, this will help you save gas. Another thing is having a gas price app, that will tell where is cheaper to put some gas. Because let’s be honest they will have different prices at a different gas station. And I know sometimes can be just cents, but it adds up.
- Entertainment. – We have talked about this previously, but then again is really important. Download music, podcast, audiobooks. This will keep your mind concentrate on something other than how much longer it’s the destination. For example, I was talking with a couple of friends, they drove from Phoenix, it’s a 6 hours’ drive and what they do is they have this “master playlist” which both control and add music to it, and they sing along to the song. It doesn’t matter what kind of song it is, they “sing their heart out” (and I don’t doubt it). Which makes the road much more fun than just listening to music.
- First aid- – I learned this the hard way… In the last trip, I got sick the day during of the trip. And in the road, it mutated to carsick and unlucky me didn’t bring medicine, so I just endure it and sleep it off. Always bring with you some aspirins, carsick medicine, some cough drops, band-aid, sunblock, mosquito repellent, trash bags. Whichever you think its basic for when you get sick, bring it.
- Wear the right outfit. – You don’t want to be stuck driving 10 hours in tight jeans. Have an outfit that is comfortable for you. For me is a pair of joggers, an oversized t-shirt, and vans.
- Use rest stops/areas. – Some people don’t like them because they might be dirty. However, I haven’t seen this, anywhere. And sometimes they are cleaner than the restrooms in fast-food chains restaurants.
If you haven’t read our previous post on how to plan the perfect road trip, click here
These are our tips on how to survive a road trip, if you have another tip, please let me know in the comment section.