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Is there anything better than a summer road trip? If you’re anything like me, then the answer is a firm and resounding no. Growing up in California, I took road trips with my family all the time and even now, I would much rather drive than fly. Since my husband and I are nomads, we are on the road a lot and in addition to all of the other travels we’ve had in the past year so far, we have spent the last two weekends road tripping. As a result, we have lots of tips and tricks that help us have a successful trip.
Here are my tips for perfect road trip…
Pack light //
When we’re on the road, it’s not fun to feel like you are squished into a car that is overflowing with things. Packing too many bags will weigh you down and will make everything more complicated. I know that it’s easy to feel like you can just throw anything and everything into the back since you aren’t flying, but I’ve found that the more I have, the more time I spend managing stuff and the less time I have to actually enjoy the trip.
Bonus: Packing like a minimalist means that there is less to bring in from the car and unpack when you get home again!
Stay organized //
While driving, I loathe having to rummage through bags and try to reach something that we need from the back seat. Make sure to pull out everything you might need for the trip and bring it up in advance. Also, put everything in a bag or pouch or container so your trunk isn’t full of a lot of loose items that could end up getting broken or lost. It’s just a good idea to know where everything is in the car so you can grab it quickly if you need it.
Plan your route and road stops ahead of time //
There have been several times we’ve planned to stop in a city for dinner, but never picked a restaurant. As a result we faced delays that we hadn’t anticipated. When we can, we always try to plan all our road stops and meals ahead of time so we can make the best use of our time when we do stop. This also allows us to try local restaurants instead of having to go somewhere right off the freeway.
Fuel up //
Having plenty of water and other healthy snacks and drinks is a must!
My husband is stellar explorer and his strong, intrepid personality often plans several late nights whenever we road trip. Even though he loves hitting the road and being behind the wheel, sometimes he needs something to wake him up and revamp his adventurous spirit and take it to the next level. That’s where SToK™ Cold-Brew Iced Coffee comes in. SToK™ is the brand of geeked-out coffee that enables us to be energized and inspired for late nights in the car and early mornings getting outside, exploring new places, and meeting interesting people.
Having SToK™ Cold Brew on-hand in the car with us means we don’t have to stop as often for coffee so we can keep on rolling. Since we both like our coffee strong, bold, and black, we opt for Un-Sweet version that is slow-brewed, pure coffee, with no weird ingredients. (That makes my natural-loving heart so happy!)
During a late-night drive during our road trip to Colorado last weekend, we stopped by Walmart to grab our fuel for the rest of our time on the road. As soon as we had our SToK™ Cold Brew Iced Coffee, we were ready to continue on to our destination.
During late night road trips, SToK™ makes sure that we reach our destination and are inspired and ready for whatever adventures await us when we arrive.
Choose your tunes //
An amazing playlist is one of the best parts of a road trip! Over the years, I’ve been building and tweaking my list of favorite traveling tunes and I think that, by now, it’s pretty much perfect. I even gathered my favorite road trip songs together so you can have them too for your next drive.
For the perfect tunes for wherever the scenic route may take you, click here: Roadways Playlist.
Dress comfortably //
Whenever we’re going to be hitting the road, I make sure to wear my favorite perfect road trip outfit. It’s comfortable enough for sitting in the car but also stylish enough for roadside stops and spontaneous adventures. (For those times you stop somewhere other than a rest stop or gas station.) Birkenstocks are perfect for being easy to slide off and on. When I wear them with my favorite pair of leggings, a cozy flannel, and my fedora, I’m ready for anything!
Hit the road and stay flexible //
You’re ready to hit the road and embark upon your perfect road trip! Bring your adventurous spirit along for when you encounter the unexpected. Perfect road trips are only made perfect by embracing their unique imperfections so stay flexible and enjoy whatever comes your way. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination.