I hope you’re doing well! This has been a rough start to the week for me for a few reasons. 1. I maybe have lice?? How the heck that happened, I don’t think I will ever know. And 2. I was supposed to only be working Monday and Tuesday of this week and heading out of town on Wednesday; so now that I called my vacation off, the days have just been draaaaging….and it’s only Tuesday! HELP.
I will say, however, getting to write this for y’all definitely makes these days feel a lot less sucky, so thank you for that! Y’all really are the best.
For today’s post, I wanted to discuss a topic widely supported by us millennials (and truthfully, probably anyone who was ever 20-something at some point in their lives): ROAD TRIPS!
I was supposed to be making multiple road trips this summer, one with family and a couple others with my boy, and thus far I have only made one. However, my boyfriend and I are gearing up for a quick weekend getaway here pretty soon so I wanted to discuss with you all how I pack smart for road trips and kinda walk you through what we do to prevent the struggle with driving boredom.
Now, I think most of the time we think that only kids need entertainment while out on the road, but the truth is, after about 4 hours of doing anything that limits your movement and mental exercise, you can get pretty bored. I know I can anyway….maybe that just means I still act like a kid when I get in the car? Not sure.
Regardless, Curtis and I usually try our best to plan a bit beforehand so we don’t find ourselves staring into the abyss as we travel (which I don’t ever think would happen anyway–we have too much fun together!) but I do think it’s important to have a few activities planned, so your drive will feel less laborious.
What To Pack:
- CD’s (Think a healthy balance between chill & dance music, to suit any mood)
- Your Phone (Duh)
- A Book (Assuming you aren’t like me and will get sick even if you look at your phone for too long)
- Snacks! (Think easily portable and won’t go bad quickly: I usually do granola bars, fresh fruit, corn chips, or a homemade trail mix)
- Bottles of Water (Seriously, bring them. It’ll save you money along the way and keep you from dehydrating in the middle of no man’s land)
- Camera (Assuming you use something other than your phone to take photos–a road trip is a great time to see the world, take as little or as much time as you’d like every place you choose to stop, explore and snap a few photos while you’re at it!)
- A Pillow and Blanket (If you’re traveling into the evening, this is great for when you’re getting sleepy. I love napping during evening trips, since most likely, I’m not missing a thing going on outside and the movement of the car is very soothing)
Ideas To Prevent Boredom:
- Since of course you have packed your phone (see above), be sure to download a few podcasts or your favorite albums onto Spotify before you leave. Talk about HOURS of entertainment and it won’t kill the data on your phone…so really, it’s a win-win.
- Pack a list of questions! Like this one! Curtis and I did this on our first long road trip to Dallas together last summer and we loved it! Not only do you learn a bunch about the other person, you also kill a few hours just chatting and laughing.
- Eat. Don’t do this too often or else you’ll make yourself sick…but eating while you drive is a great pastime for the 20-30 minutes it lasts. Besides, what’s the point in bringing snacks if you can’t enjoy them en route??
- Make a few unscheduled stops along the way if you come across anything that looks cool or interesting! Now, I definitely wouldn’t say that I am one for spontaneity, really, but this does make trips seem more about the journey than the destination…and I really do think that is a great motto to live by; so I’m learning and at least trying to give that mentality a shot…and it definitely hasn’t been horrible.
- Take a Nap! As mentioned above, this is SUCH a great way to pass the time. Assuming your driver won’t follow suit if you start to doze off.
- Play some games! My favorites include The Alphabet Game or The License Plate Game!
There you are sweet friends! I hope this list gave you some fun inspiration for your next road trip, I know I will be implementing most (if not all) of these on our next big trip.
Happy Road Tripping!