YOU NEED TO KNOW …
Recently, there have been a number of blogs and newspaper articles about how to prepare for a road trip. One had a suggestion for visiting the 48 contiguous State Capitals – about 13,000 miles in 9 days. That’s almost 1500 miles in a day – too much – especially with “littles”!! Most of these give a ton of advice on how to prepare, what exactly should be placed in which spot in the car, what and when to eat, etc. Frankly, I was exhausted after reading these and almost vowed not to take a road trip again. If you have been following our site for a hot minute, you know that…….
The Good Doctor and I are no strangers to both short and long trips. Here is my advice on how to accomplish a great trip with minimal hassle. First, USE COMMON SENSE. Sounds simple right but this little tidbit will carry you through almost every obstacle you will encounter.
Limit your driving to 6 hours or less per day – change drivers every 2 hours or so. Figure that if you plan on a 4 hour drive, it will take 5 hours. Ya know, pottie breaks….diet coke drive throughs….
The passenger controls the music selections and all stops.
If there are children involved, the hotel MUST have a swimming pool. And, for me a fitness center and wifi. It’s a matter of survival after a long, hot drive to your next destination.
Junk food is a necessity (and, a food group) – you don’t have to eat all of it but it should be packed where it is easily accessible. We like to keep it handy in a separate bag…….it keeps the kiddos in their seat belts……
Plan out the trip especially the first few stops and have room reservations made. 2020 has been such a STRANGE year….we’ve seen hotels completely booked in the middle of the week in a spot we didn’t expect to see anyone at all! Just know things are “wonky” and prepare.
The last day is always the worst – everybody is tired and a bit grumpy. Plan for it….it’s happening.
Wander until Found … stay safe … and enjoy the family time!