1. Get a USB charger and connecting cable for your phone or iPod. This tip is a no-brainer. Embrace a simple and inexpensive piece of technology that will make your road trip a whole lot easier, entertaining, and more convenient.
2. Try listening to audiobooks. When I lived in Ottawa, Canada and I had my library card (sidenote: don’t you think library cards are totally underrated?), I took full advantage of the audiobook section before going on a road trip. Nowadays I’m not really doing the library thing so instead I just download books straight to my iPod and play them through a USB cable. Audiobooks also make for great conversation starters if you’re travelling with a partner, especially if you’re on a long distance road trip as it gives you something new to talk about at every pit stop.
Another sidenote: When you start listening to audiobooks, I admit it can be a little strange. I was actually taken aback the first time I listened to one, and it was hard to take the narrator seriously as his booming voice filled my car. Give it 15 minutes though and a good audiobook will usually be able to capture your attention by then.
4. Wear layers. The temperature of our car on road trips has become such a point of contention between my husband and I that we literally have to plan our outfits together before we leave. He gets so hot when he drives, especially at night, and blasts the AC. I mean, I know he’s trying to stay alert and awake and all that, but it’s absolutely freezing and I don’t think it’s unreasonable to have a little bit of balance. That's not being high maintenance, is it? :P We’ve learned that we each need guidelines when getting dressed for our longer road trips.
For him: shorts, sneakers, tshirt with no undershirt, light zip-up sweater. For me: leggings/yoga pants, sandals or flats (never flip flops – restrooms on the road can be pretty gross), tank top or tshirt, cardigan, scarf, and a pair of thick socks in my purse.
5. Don’t rely solely on your GPS. Print out hard copies of maps or buy them in advance if you're travelling long distance. When was the last time you tried to find a map of a neighbouring state or province at the local gas station? They aren’t so common anymore. We’ve all heard those horror stories about GPS systems directing people into lakes and such, right? Obviously GPSs aren’t perfect, plus it’s always good to have a back up, so get yourself a good map.
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