May 8, 2013

How to road trip across the country...

If you've followed for awhile, you know that Dave and I tend to go on a lot of loooooooong road trips. We do a lot of trips half way across the country since my family lives in Kansas and his is in Tennessee. I like to think I've gathered some tips along the way...

Home is with You // Kansas

Here are a few things that will make your trip go a little smoother:

≫≫ Make a playlist. Always. Whether you load it on your iphone/ipod or make an oldschool mixtape (CD) doesn't matter, as long as you have something to listen to when you're in the middle of nowhere and there is nothing on the radio.

≫≫ Bring a blanket and a pillow (actually I'd recommend one of those neck rest things, that you see people using on planes). If you're like me and can't sleep if you're cold, you'll want that blanket...especially if your husband tends to freeze you out with the AC. This has saved me on so many trips when I need to sleep, I just throw on our heaviest blanket and I'm off.

≫≫ If you're like me and tend to turn into a crazy person when you're hungry, make sure you bring snacks. There might not always be a place to eat when it's time, or at least somewhere that sounds good to both of you. I always have a little bag full of healthy snacks like nuts, cereal, and granola bars.

≫≫ Get a car charger for your phone. You never know when you might need it, so for sanity and safety reasons you should always have a charger on long road trips! And while we're on the subject, Dave usually bumps up my data plan when we know we'll be traveling a lot...what can I say, I love social media.

≫≫ Bring a laptop (and a charger) with a few favorite movies. This will help you stay awake and it makes the trip SO much shorter. Trust me. Even the driver will be entertained just by listening to something other than the radio. Dave loves it and it really makes the trip fly by. 

≫≫ Download the right phone apps. Some of the apps I couldn't live without on long trips are Urbanspoon and Gas Buddy.

Some of these may be no-brainers, but even I tend to forget from time to you have any road trip tips to share? Leave them in the comments!


  1. We take a lot of road trips, too, since Mark has gigs all over Texas, and we have family in Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Virginia! :) We like to listen to books while we drive. I even read to Mark if we already own the book. This is how I got him to "read" Harry Potter! I read all 7 books to him in about 6 month's worth of road trips. Haha! :)

  2. I grew up taking roadtrips and love going on drives. I like bring a craft project like knitting, embroidery, or buttons that need to be resewn for those long middle of now where and nothing to see places. I also have 'read' many books. My favorites are children's classics like the Ramona books when they do all the voices.
    You have some good tips!

  3. Great advice, we have a 12 hr trip coming up and I needed some new road trip tips :)

    Kendra @ openspaces

  4. Great tips!

    My boyfriend of nearly two years is a quiet guy, but there's something about long road trips that makes him open up. I keep thinking if we could just travel across the country, I could learn everything I ever want to know about him. lol

  5. I def. need these, me and B are going on a 2 week roadtrip this summer and these were def. helpful.


Thank you so much for taking a moment to comment! ♡

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...