for as much time as i spend in my car, you’d think i’d be opposed to long drives, but sometimes, they can be fun! especially if there’s an amazing destination waiting on the other side.
in our case, that destination was the la quinta resort for last week’s quick thanksgiving getaway.
with a little over two-hour drive ahead of us, i came fully prepared. coffee, downloaded podcasts, and of course a comfortable outfit. here are a few more tips on how to make the most out of your road trip -no matter the distance.
my rules for a successful road trip:
- wear something comfortable. whether you’re traveling 25 miles or a 505 miles to your destination, there’s nothing worse that feeling uncomfortable in your clothes. that’s why i like to dress for comfort first over everything else. i still can’t get enough of this cozy tee and these broken-in jeans are perfect for curling up in the backseat -as are these mules since they can easily be slid on and off.
- come caffeinated & bring snacks. this should come as no surprise given my affections for coffee, but there’s nothing like a last minute stop at starbucks pre-road trip. i believe it sets the tone for the rest of the drive. because caffeinated people are the best kind of road trip partners. you know who else makes great travel buddies? those that are well-fed. besides stevia for my coffee, i always carry a couple rxbars and/or raw almond packs in my purse to keep the hanger at bay.
- download podcasts. unless you have an epic playlist that meets each passenger’s music preferences, navigating the music situation in the car can be tough -especially with spotty reception for the radio. therefore, i always make sure i have my ear buds and a few fresh episodes of my favorite podcast (see my top five here) to listen to when the conversation inevitably lulls. obviously if the podcast is one that you think everyone might enjoy, by all means, forgo the ear buds, but i always stash a pair on a trip just in case. S and i actually devoured the original serial podcast on a long road trip and find podcasts to be a great way to pass the time when you’re stuck in weekend -or in this case- holiday traffic.
- nap. while the trip out to la quinta from san diego isn’t terribly long, it can become a bit grueling. to ensure you arrive at your destination refreshed (as long as you’re not the one driving, of course), i highly recommend sneaking in a cat nap. unless you’re the driver, and in that case, might i suggest an extra shot of espresso to ensure everyone arrives safely? you can take the nap once you’ve arrived at your destination.
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