Now that I’m a road trip pro, I thought I would share with you all my secrets. Road trips can be awesome or super boring, depending on what you make of it. Here are my recommendations for everything you’ll need to make your summer road trip awesome:
- Fun snacks – If you don’t try to make your road trip a little special, it’ll just be ho-hum. Take your road trip over the top with snacks you don’t usually have. We always take a package of Pringles and a big bag of sour gummy worms with us when we travel, whether by airplane or car. It gives us something to look forward to during a time that might otherwise be kind of a bummer.
- Not total crap snacks – We were gonna be on the road for a loooong time, and I knew eating fast food all the time would make me crabby, so I came up with a big list of road-friendly snacks that, while not always super healthy, were at least better than fast food. Our favorite ideas were homemade granola bars (these were my favorite recipe for granola bars I’ve found – I added coconut and it was delicious), tortilla chips with avocado and lime juice (just cut the avocado with a disposable knife as soon as you’re ready to eat it and), pita chips with hummus, any kind of fruit, carrots and cucumbers (again, just cut when you’re ready for it) with those cute little to-go Ranch dressing packages, and stuff for sandwiches for lunch – we liked turkey with mayonnaise. Just bring along a little cooler and another bag for food and you’re good to go!
- Audio book – It was good to be able to switch from music to just talking together to listening to a story. We went with Harry Potter this time (as part of my never-ending quest to get Terry to read all the Harry Potter books) and it was super fun.
- Super awesome music – It’s always fun to put together a special mix for a road trip, especially if you can find a song that sings about where you’re going! “California here we come! Right back where we started from! California!”
- A pillow – Keep this easily accessible so you can each get in a good nap as you switch drivers.
- A sense of adventure – Don’t be afraid to switch up your plans or make extra stops if they sound fun to you. It’s all part of the experience!
- Something to look forward to at the end of each day – Our drives were made much more bearable each day knowing we would have something fun to do that evening. Whether it was a cool place to eat, a fancy hotel with a movie to watch, or a beautiful place to camp in, we always had something to look forward to.
What are your road trip essentials?!