Did Somebody Say Road Trip? — by Victoria Newport

When people generally think about long road trips, they are filled with dread, considering all the time they will spend cooped up listening to the same songs on repeat, being cramped in a car, starving, and being flat out miserable. However, I like to think of myself as a professional road-tripper. Why? Countless hours spent in a car during high-school trips across both the state and nation, with plenty of annoying kids, whom I wished would have spent the trip strapped to the top of
the car. While many car rides made me want to jump out of the moving vehicle, I like to think that I came away with a few ways to make road trips suck well . . . a little less.

With our San Antonio trip nearing, now seems like the perfect time to share them:

  1. Bring SNACKS! Honestly, food makes every situation better. If you’re a loud chewer, maybe avoid this for the sake of your fellow passengers. Personally, I like to have a mixture of sweet and salty things because I never know what kind of mood I will be in after a couple of hours in the car. Pretzels? You can never go wrong.
  2. You might need a pillow – there isn’t much room to toss and turn in the backseat of a Jeep Cherokee (if you carpool with me to San Antonio, you’ll know what I mean), so bringing a small pillow to readjust your neck every now and then will change your life. I’m not exaggerating! Comfort is key, but don’t go overboard with the pillows and blankets. Avoid this travel faux pas that makes everyone way too cramped to enjoy themselves.
  3. Don’t be afraid to request “shotgun” or a window seat if that’s what you want. I was always the person who let everyone else find their comfortable space (I listened to less complaints that way), so I just sat wherever was leftover. Really, though, speak up about where you would be more comfortable.
  4. For the love of all things holy, do NOT overpack!!! No explanation even needed. Just. Don’t. Do. It. Capeesh?
  5. Make a shared playlist with the people you’re riding with. This way, you can share music tastes and learn new songs, which can be super fun!! You can do this on Spotify, then just shuffle and party away!
  6. I know I made snacks a top priority, but don’t drink too much Dr. Pepper. You definitely don’t want to be the person who asks to stop every thirty minutes.
  7. Last, but not least, don’t ask “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer do we have?” Everyone else wants to know, but they all already checked the GPS. Do that instead of asking.

Have more tips? Leave them in the comments section; and, let me know if my tips worked for you. Good luck on your next adventure!

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