Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Tips For Your Next Road Trip

We love going for road trips and have gone for quite a few pretty lengthy trips. There is nothing like the beauty of the open road whizzing by. Plus, we solve all the world's problems while we're out for a long drive. :-)

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Here are some of our favorite tips for a successful road trip.


Pack Snacks

Pack healthy snacks to bring with you in the car. Dried fruits are great for a sweet snack. Nuts for some protein. If you have room in your cooler, cut up some veggies for the beginning of your trip for some crunch. Granola is good, too. Or make your own trail mix to get a variety of sweet, salty, and crunchy.

Depending on the length of your road trip, you may need to restock your snacks. Instead of buying something quick at the gas station when refueling, get off the freeway and go into a town with a grocery store. The prices and variety will be worth it.

Water

Make sure you have plenty of water in the car. We bring our LifeSaver jerry can to fill up our water bottles while on the road. No need to buy water. Pack some flavor packets to add some variety when you want a little some different.


Pack Wisely

Hard case luggage might be ideal for plane travel, but soft-sided bags are better for road trips. The soft sides allow for better manipulation when packing up your vehicle to more efficiently use the space. Packing cubes are great to use inside a duffel or on their own.


I love the TravelWise Packing Cube System! They will seriously change your life {as far as packing is concerned}. I tested out the 5-piece Weekender Set on our most recent road trip and it worked out so well. I used the smallest size for my toiletries. The medium size for my dog's food, treats, and toys. The large size for clothes. I brought the 2nd large size along to use for dirty clothes. Perfect! The cubes made it super easy to stay organized throughout the trip. Each cube has a mesh insert which acts like a little window. No guessing on what is packed in which cube!

Check out more tips on how these cubes will improve your next trip!

5 tips from @EnjoytheCourse to make your next road trip your best road trip.

Dress Comfortably

When you're sitting in a car for several hours at a time, you're gonna want to be comfortable. Keep in mind that you're not in the privacy of your living room, though. Choose clothes that are comfortable for the ride, but that you'll also be comfortable wearing in public. There will be stops at the gas station or a restaurant, the grocery store, etc.  I prefer cute leggings or capris.
If you travel with your pup like we do, wear clothes that are easier to wipe off the inevitable dog hair or that doesn't show. I avoid black because Sallie's hair is wheaten. A lint brush may also be helpful to dust off prior to going inside a store.

Plan Your Stops

I know, I know. Part of the fun of a road trip is finding unexpected places to stop, exploring the unbeaten path, pulling into a particularly intriguing viewpoint, or exiting to see an attraction that you didn't know existed. There is something exciting about the spontaneity of a road trip.

That said, it's a good idea to have a general plan of where you'll be stopping each night. We tend to car sleep, so knowing where the truck stops or Walmarts are along the route is very helpful. Same is true if you're looking for a campground or hotel/motel instead. Check to see if reservations will be required.


We're hoping to do our next long, just-for-fun road trip next fall {or summer} along the South. Neither of us have really ever explored the southern states, so that should be a fun excursion.

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26 comments:

  1. Yup, snacks is always a must for me! Even when we went to an all inclusive I still had my snacks..haha. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Snacks are an absolute necessity for any road trip! :)

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  2. Oh yes, to all of these! Especially planning for stops, especially while on the road. My legs need to get out of the car and MOVE from time to time.

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    1. Yes, I agree! I can only sit in the car for so long without having to stretch my legs a bit.

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  3. Yep, we always bring our own snacks. We also plan our lunch stops accordingly. Road food can totally throw off your whole diet!

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    1. It sure can! Planning lunch stops is a great idea, too.

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  4. My husband and I used to road trip all over the place. We had such fun. Now that the kids are a little older, we'll be able to start doing it once again!

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    1. I loved road trips with my mom and siblings when I was little. I hope you get to start doing it with your kids.

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  5. Yay for packed snacks! Those always help to keep me going on road trips! I like planning my stops to pretty places to keep things interesting too!

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    1. I'm not sure how people road trip without snacks. :)

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  6. I love road trips! So much to see that you can't when flying. Great tips!

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    1. Yes, exactly! This last road trip we took some smaller highways instead of the interstate, and we saw some many more cool sights.

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  7. those packing cubes do look great and I bet make things a lot easier

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    1. They were so convenient! I loved knowing what was in each one.

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  8. Ah, those road trips! My youngest son is turning 21 in two weeks, so we are heading for a family 'road trip' to Vegas in December to celebrate! We will be packing different types of snacks for sure!

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    1. Oh, how fun! I would definitely recommend packing cubes for you and your family. Makes it easy to separate and organize. Let me know if you want any Vegas tips while you're in town.

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  9. Great tips! Those packing cubes are a great idea!

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  10. Planning stops is crucial for road trips. Winging it is fun like twice, but a little research can make a huge difference in overall fun, especially with kiddos.

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    1. Yes, I agree! Our next big road trip won't be for nearly a year, but I already want to start planning. :)

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  11. I agree, planning where you can stop is crucial - you can always divert if you see some great place along the way!
    If you come east coast south let me know!

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    1. I'll definitely let you know if we make it all the way to the East. :-)

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  12. These tips are so are very practical and useful, Clarinda! Packing wisely and lightly is very important! Where was your favorite road trip?

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    1. Thanks, Agness! Our road trip of 2009 was definitely one of my favorites! We went through Yosemite and the Redwoods. It was amazing.

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  13. Yes to all of this, especially bringing snacks and water along. You just never know when and where food and water will be available for purchase when you're on the road.

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