Tis the season for road trips! I know a lot of people will be hitting the road next week, so I wanted to share my road trip tips now, even though I’m not heading out until Christmas. This year I’ll be driving from Frederick, MD to Jacksonville, FL for the holidays. I’ve done that long haul on I-95 several times over the years, and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to make it a little easier. In no particular order…
Take your car in for a tune up, oil change, scheduled maintenance, whatever it’s due for! Take it from someone who’s been there, you do NOT want to end up on the side of I-95 in rural Virginia waiting on a tow truck driver.
Long stretches of highway are BORING, so make sure you have something to keep you entertained. Music is great for a little while, but after a few hours I tend to just tune it out. My favorite for longer trips are books on tape because they keep me engaged.
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Duh, right? But don’t bring salty snacks like chips or pretzels, because they’ll make you thirsty, which will make you have to pee. I like to bring carrots, apple slices, snack mix, and those individually wrapped snack cakes. (You didn’t think I was going to list all healthy options, did you?) I also usually pack a soft-sided cooler with drinks. For me it’s Diet Coke and water.
Plan Your Stops
With a long trip I like to have at least one stop planned for about halfway. That way I have something to look forward to, and it helps to break up the trip. Even if it’s just stopping by South of the Border to take a walk through the gift shop, it’s nice to know that you’ll have a midway point to stop and stretch your legs.
Stop When You Need To
I know, I know, I just said to plan. But it’s also okay to wing it, so give yourself permission to make unscheduled potty breaks or emergency Diet Coke runs. I don’t know about you, but after a few hours of driving my legs start to cramp up, so it’s always good for me to stop and stretch for a few minutes.
It’s tempting to bring everything you own when you’re driving, because hey, you’ve got space! But fight that urge. After a long trip, the last thing you want to do is spend five hours unpacking the car. Bring what you need and no more.
Unload Some Big Items
In my case, I’m going to see my parents. I’m going to be bringing along some bigger items that I don’t want in my apartment anymore, but also don’t want to get rid of entirely, like the really heavy mirror that goes with my antique bedroom set, but that I can’t figure out how to hang. Road trips are great for unloading junk on unsuspecting family members.
You’re not walking the runway, you’re on a road trip. My road trip uniform is old yoga pants, sports bra, ratty t-shirt, flip flops, sweatshirt, ponytail, no make up. It’s not sexy, but it’s comfortable. I like to wear flip flops because they’re easy on, easy off. I prefer to drive barefoot (yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re not supposed to) and flip flops are easy to take off and put on for rest stops.
So, those are my holiday road trip tips, what are yours? Are you planning a road trip this season?
Disclaimer: This post is a part of #KiaHolidays for the Kia Social Club. I received compensation for this post, but as always, all opinions are my own. Images supplied by Kia.