It’s vacation week friends!
I don’t know about you but I’ve been running the roads for as long as I can remember. My parents would just stick the baby sister and I in the car and off we went! In particular the drive from Vermont to Tennessee and everywhere in between is one that I could do with my eyes closed at this point. Hell I lost my first tooth in a tuna fish sandwich on the way to Tennessee and cried for an hour because I was certain the tooth fairy wouldn’t be able to find our hotel room in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania. #trauma
Today I thought I’d share a few tips for getting through long car rides with the majority of your sanity.
Embrace your Ride
My little blue bullet of a car has A LOT of “special features” as we like to say in my family. Your car’s special features are probably heated seats, a sun roof and maybe even a GPS? Mine are more like no A/C, crank windows and not even a tape deck let alone a CD player.
A baseball cap for when your windows are down on the highway and you don’t want your hair flying all around. An empty seltzer bottle for singing into all those *awesome* songs on the radio and a sense of humor for when your bum gets stuck to the seats after sweating in the car for 5 hours at a time.
Actually to ride in my car a sense of humor is incredibly important as the car is actually totaled from a hail storm 4 years ago. The amount of conversations I have had with strangers about this hail damage would make your head spin. I’ve even been stopped in the parking lot of the Emergency Room to discuss it, DON’T HAVE TIME BRO, I’M AT THE ER FOR A REASON…
SNACKS! SNACKS! SNACKS!
If I’m on a mission to get somewhere I’m not wasting time stopping for food. I’m more of a… Subway attached to the gas station looks like a nice Subway, let’s get a sandwich. As snacks are crucial to any good road trip this is my typical shopping list…
Seltzer (for drinking followed by singing into)
An entire bag of 12-Flavor Gummy Bears from the bulk bin of City Market
Junior Mints (the mint helps with the digestion of said gummy bears, obvi)
Cool Ranch Doritos (don’t even come at me with Nacho Cheese, I’m not having it)
Fruit of some sort (I’m not a complete waste case)
In addition to the non-AC managing baseball cap there a few other staples of road trip wear…
Yoga Pants- great for yoga, even better for endless sitting as learned from Netflix binges.
Tank top- but be careful not to place arm out of window for long periods of time or else you’ll end up with one of those rather unfortunate but also kind of amazing arm burns.
Flip Flops- no better time to put that $2.50 Old Navy pair to use than a road trip
Don’t be a rookie and forget to put on a bunch of deodorant- awkward sweating only looks cute during and after physical activity. This is actually just a reminder to myself, I’m sure y’all know to put deodorant on.
A Solid Road Trip Buddy
Finally, if you are fortunate enough to have a partner in crime on this adventure make sure it’s someone who will put up with your annoying photo taking habit, obnoxiously chatty nature and is
going to order extra dipping sauce at the restaurants attractive!
Any favorite road trips tips or stories?
Any fun Memorial Day plans?