I’ve spent six of the last seven weekends driving between New Jersey and South Carolina. That seventh weekend? It was spent driving to and from Massachusetts. So, as you can imagine, it’s been a crazy two months. I’m in Charleston now.. and I can’t even explain how excited I am to finally have a weekend that does not involve driving. With one exception, these trips have all been solo and lasted a minimum of eleven hours. As a result, I’ve become something of an expert when it comes to road trips.
Caffeinate! I always start with a cup of coffee, but I typically end up drinking a Red Bull and another cup of coffee before the trip is over. It may sound like a lot of caffeine (because it is), but when you’re in a car by yourself for 11-14 hours, it becomes necessary. I love driving I-95 in the states that are further north because there are a ton of Wawas.. my favorite place to get coffee (and one of my favorite places in general.. the south is missing out).
Water is an absolute must. I buy two 32-ounce water bottles before each of my trips. Staying hydrated is super important and actually helps to keep me awake.. especially when I decide I’ve had enough caffeine for one day. Yes, all these drinks means I need to make extra pit stops, but there are so so many nice rest stops on I-95 that I actually enjoy being able to get out of my car for a few minutes.
Download an audiobook. I did this for the first time last summer, and it’s been an absolute life-saver! The day before my trip I download a book from my library and load it onto my iPod. I always choose a mystery/thriller – they tend to keep my attention the best. (It’s worked out pretty well lately too because these books have ended up being about the same length as my drive.)
Waze it up. Karen posted about how much she loved Waze over the summer, and I have to agree with her.. Waze is awesome. “Imagine millions of drivers out on the roads, working together towards a common goal: to outsmart traffic and get everyone the best route to work and back, every day.” Waze lets you know when there’s a cop, construction, traffic, etc. And you can actually see the other Wazers that are on the road with you. It’s a fun app.. especially for a looong trip.
I’m stopping at four because I’ve never been a big fan of the number five. And because surviving a road trips is actually pretty simple – just do what it takes to make the drive enjoyable. If there’s anywhere fun to stop along the way (and you have time), do it! You see different parts of the country when you’re driving than you ever would if you flew, so enjoy it :)
Share your best road trip tip!
Any other Wawa fans out there?