Hey there! This week, I’m going to chat about the things I feel are essential for road trips on your own. Living 3 1/2 hours away from my family means I go on a lot of long car trips, and it is normally just me and my dog, Jack. I feel as though I have finally figured out all of the things I need to have with me if I am driving a long distance on my own.
A Reliable Vehicle
This may be a duh thing to have, but it is nice to not have to worry about my car while I am driving. I have a 2016 Toyota Corolla, and it makes the drive so much easier. It has bluetooth connectivity, so I can hook up my phone and iPad during the drive. All texts and phone calls go straight to my car, instead of me having to grab my phone and talk while I am driving. I can also talk with my friends via text by having Siri send messages, so I do not text and drive. It is a perfect car for Jack and I to travel in, and I love it out of every vehicle I have ever driven. I have had some pretty unreliable vehicles, and I was always concerned about long car trips. Now, I do not need to worry. You should also always check fluids and tire pressure before you head out on a trip just in case. You never know what can happen.
You would think that you wouldn’t want to drink a lot of liquids on a car trip, but trust me, I always love having a big bottle of water with me. Water can keep you alert, and also hydrated while driving a long distance. Make sure you have a water bottle that is easy to open. I have some that are great at keep water cold, but are very hard to open while driving. It is something to be careful of when picking a water bottle. Sometimes I will just have water, but other times I may get some sort of caffeinated beverage along with my water, if I am feeling extra groggy that day. I try not to grab a hot drink, because it can take a while to cool, and if I spill it on myself, that is no fun to deal with while in a car. It is just nice to have something to drink on the road.
Easy car snacks
I always seem to get hungry on road trips, so I like to have some snacks that are easy to open and eat in the car. Some snacks can be tougher then others to eat, and you wouldn’t even think about it until you have to try and open it with one hand while you are driving. I like to go for Pringles a lot of the time, because they fit right in the cup holder. My hand does tend to get stuck in it, so I have to be careful when I get to the bottom. Apples are also a good trip snack, since you can just bite into it. Anything that requires the least amount of work, but is still enough to get you by, is always the best.
A pit stop location
For myself and my dog, it is nice to stop and stretch or legs halfway through the trip. This can also be a place where I pick up snacks and drinks during the trip. I always make sure to get some gas as well, so I do not end up running out in the middle of nowhere. I try to pick places that are not too busy, since Jack is in the car waiting to go. When I go to the bathroom, I make sure it is the last thing I do, so Jack is not left alone for too long. I typically avoid drive thru places, since they normally add too much time to my trip. I can always make something quick for dinner when I get to my destination.
Music or Podcasts pre-downloaded
I have currently been getting into podcasts lately, and they do make long car trips a lot easier to handle. I really like horror podcasts: like The NoSleep Podcast and The Black Tapes. They really keep my interest with the content that they have, and they are very well made. I have also been getting into a podcast called Lore, which talks about the history of a lot of the horror tales that are talked about. I find it very interesting, since I am really getting into folklore and the history of folklore. Make sure you find podcasts that keep your interest, or else they will make you bored. Since my iPad doesn’t have data, and I don’t want to waste my phone data, I pre-download a bunch of episodes through the Podcast app, and then just add them to up next. That way, it will just play one after another, without me having to try to look at my iPad while on the road. I try to do the same thing with music. After a while, podcasts can get a little dry, so I have made a driving playlist on Spotify that I really enjoy. It has a lot of songs that I like to sing along to, and I have it downloaded onto my iPad so I don’t use data. Trying to save myself some extra money doing it this way.
A couple people who you can call
I have a list of people that I know I can call and talk to if need be. Most of the time, one of my friends is also making a trip back home, and we will talk while we both drive. A lot of the times, I can call my mom as well, if I want to chat. It is nice to have someone you know will answer the phone, and also as an emergency contact. They will always answer your phone call, so if you really need their help, they will try and figure it out. I can always call a family member in times of need, or my close friends. I also have some people in my town where if I really needed a hand, they would come and help me out. Make sure you have contacts in both locations you are coming from and going to. You do not want to make your mom drive 2 1/2 hours to help you out, if there is someone a half hour away that could also help.
I always make sure my phone is completely charged before I go anywhere. When I travel though, my phone is always searching for service, which can really drain the battery. I like to make sure I have a charger in my car so I can always use it if need be. I have USB ports in my car, which are amazing for this sort of thing. I always have a charging cable in my car, and I just plug it in before I leave. That may be bad for my phone battery, but at least my phone will be full charged if I do need it for an emergency. You never know what can happen when you are on the road, and you want to make sure you have ways of contacting anyone if you need help.
Those are all the things I always need in my car for a road trip. If you have any other things that I may have missed that I should think about getting, write in the comment section below this post, and let me know what I am missing. Also, if you have any music suggestions or new podcasts I should check out, let me know of those things as well. I do a lot of long car trips, and could use new things to listen to. I hope you had an awesome week, and I hope you come join me next week to see what I have to say!