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Planning Your Roadtrip

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It’s the summer, guys!  Get up and go on a roadtrip!  I don’t think I realized how much I loved roadtrips until last year.  It is really something else to be on an open road, sometimes with no other cars around you.  It’s a pretty freeing and liberating feeling.  I think I had always focused on wanted to get out of the country and explore other parts of this world and experience different cultures.  I forgot some of the most beautiful places to explore are right here in the US.  So, get up and get in your car and drive!  Here are a couple of things to think about when you’re planning your next trip:

ROUTE

First of all, where do you want to go?  Figure out where you want to start and end.  I know sounds silly, but think is really the first step.
 

MILES

Once you figure out your route and where you’re going, choose how many miles you want to drive a day.  This really depends on how much time you have for your roadtrip.  I discovered Google Maps was my best friend in all of this.  It can help you figure out how many miles and the time it will take.  You can even put in the specific time and day you will be travelling and it will estimate your travel time based on traffic data.
 

LODGING

I would definitely recommend figuring out where you will be staying each night before you go.   Especially if you have your mileage mapped out for each day, you should be able to know the area where you want to end up each day.  And at the end of the day, you won’t have anything to worry about.  You will already have somewhere to stay.
 

STOPS ALONG THE WAY

Look up your route ahead of time.  You may be able to find some cool or quirky places to visit on your route.  Of course detours are probably the most fun.  Don’t be afraid to stop if you see something that strikes your interest.
 

CAR CHECK

Make sure you have a full service check up on your car before you head out on your adventure.  Trust me, have them check everything.  And I mean everything: tires, breaks, fluids, air conditioning and any other car related issues (not a car expert here).  Our A/C was broken and that eastern humidity and desert heat killed on our cross country roadtrip.  Also, if you’re planning a roadtrip to move somewhere, make sure you factor in the weight of your car for your drive time.  I know our car was heavily weighed down and took longer to accelerate, stop and didn’t go as fast as an empty car.

 

If you need a little more help planning, I've also written about how to plan a trip like boss, here!  Also, I’ve made a list of the essentials to bring on your trip.  Check it out, here!

Yours Truly // Shannon

 

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8 Essentials to Bring on a Roadtrip

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8 Essentials to Bring on a Roadtrip - Shannon Did What?

Have you ever been a road trip?  If you haven't start making plans to go on one.  It's the best feeling to be on the open road heading on an adventure.  After all life is all about having adventures, right? I put together a list of things that you'll definitely need for all of those hours you'll be spending in the car.

1. CAR PHONE CHARGER – Do not forget this.  A car phone charger is key especially if you’re going to be spending hours and hours upon end in the car.  Your phone will undoubtedly start to die when it’s playing endless tunes and searching for service.  If possible grab one of those double usb charger so that you can charge two at a time.  Also, try to get one of those 2x fast charging types, not sure if it actually charges twice as fast, but hey it's worth trying.  Test your equipment before!  Our chargers didn't work great and we were left to turn our phones to airplane mode more often than not.

2. QUARTERS FOR TOLLS – You may run across some tolls on your drive.  Keep a roll of quarters in your glove box.  A helpful tip: $20 worth of quarters fits into a tube of mini m&ms.

3. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE – Besides the fact that you’ll be saving the Earth by having a reusable water bottle, they are great to have on a road trip.  You can fill them up with ice and water at every gas station you stop at.  If you like cold water, find one with a larger opening so that you can fill it more easily with ice.  Sounds silly, but necessary.

4. SUN SHADES – This one is great for those long car stretches where the sun may be beating on your side of the car.  I can tell you that direct sunlight is killer and you’ll get a crazy tan too!  Pick up one of those suction cup window shades.  You’ll be much more comfortable!

5. TOWEL/BANDANA – This is a great idea for a road trip on a hot day.  You can use it shade yourself from the sun.  Or you can wet it and wrap it around your neck to keep you cool.  This was key on our road trip, especially since the car ac was kaput. 

6. SPOTIFY PREMIUM – Pay for the premium service on Spotify so that you have music when you don’t have service and then you can navigate through music freely.  The free one is great, but you can’t pick the exact song you want.  You’ll want to choose the song.

7. PAPER MAPS – Always stock up on some paper maps.  You never know when your cell service is going to fail and you’ll have no access to google maps or waze.  Trust me, some places you think you’ll have service, you won’t.  I thought I’d have plenty of service across New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, but I barely had any!  You can always do the screenshot thing of your google maps, but trust me keep a paper map handy.  And by the way, AAA gives out free maps and guides if you have a membership.  You literally can have as many as you want.

8. TRASH BAGS - I know this probably sounds obvious, but it could be the first thing you forget.  You don't want to be sitting in trash that whole time, do you?  If you forget and happen to be staying at a motel/hotel, grab their laundry service bag in the closet.  It makes for a perfect trash bag.

If I were to offer any other advice to you roadtrippers, keep your bag of clothes handy.  You never know when you’ll need a change of clothes or the temperature drastically changes.  Across the states, we drove through temperatures ranging from 38°F to a scorching 112°F.  I would also have some sort of catch all basket accessible.  You can throw all your snacks, maps and anything else it that you want to be grabbed easily.

Yours Truly // Shannon