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If you think you're driving, you're right. That's exactly why we love road trips.
But that does not mean you can not go up and down the road. Jodi Mockabee, outdoor-obsessed pet owner Alex Borsuk, and globe-trotter Layla Motamedinia-for their best advice for hitting the road with confidence.
Borsuk tries to take 52 mini-vacations per year with husband, Matt, and their dog, most of which are road trips. road trip and vacation come with a lot of baggage (no pun intended). It's easy to get out of bed thinking about how much planning, time, and money go into vacations.
For example, this summer Borsuk and her husband took a weeknight road trip: They're working at 5pm, drove an hour up a mountain, and getting a tent in time to watch the sunset.
Mockabee says planning short road trips between bigger getaways, so works well for her family. She says. "
2 This is a low stress and doable thing, as all of our energy and funds go to one trip," she says. Accept that you might forget something.
No matter how you are organized, you are probably going to forget to pack something (your toothbrush, a phone charger, enough underwear). In fact, Mockabee says they "always forget something," but she never lets that hold them back from an adventure.
Do not forget the stress of constantly wondering what you are doing , As Borsuk says, "There's always somewhere to stop if you forget something."
3. Theme your playlist
Motamedinia's favorite way to get into the road. "Have a soundtrack to your trip," she says.
For example, if you drive through the desert, Motamedinia suggests playing Spanish guitar music, Will Smith's
Wild Wild West, or Western movie oldies.
4. Bring your own pillows.
Even though we're advocates of packing light, pillows are a must. Mockabee says she never goes on a road trip without them. "I think it helps [my kids] [and it] provides them with a comfy spot in the car to rest," she says.
Even if you are not traveling with kids, packing pillows -Or a favorite blanket or teddy bear (we will not judge) -can make you feel at home and make it easier to take naps (or sleep overnight) into your car.
OK, so your car might not ever be optimus Prime, but that does not mean it can not be a hotel, a kitchen, and a planetarium all in one. "We not only drive our vehicle to our destination, but we sleep in it," Borsuk says.
On their road trip to Crater Lake National Park, Borsuk and her husband are in the back of the Subaru Ascent so they are could camp out sans tent.
"We parked at a campground at Mt. Hood and watched the stars through the sunroof before we fell asleep," she says.
Mockabee and fam eat their most of their snacks and meals in the car so they can save money for activities or hotels. "I like making our own type of trail mix with sprouted almonds, cashews, dark chocolate and dried fruit," she says.
6. Create your own road trip traditions.
Establishing traditions can generate excitement before the event starts. McDonald's before she hits the road and belts out "The Sign" by Ace of Base at least once mid-drive.
Whether you. Mockabee's family plays Muckabee's family plays prefer singing karaoke (I mean, are not we all James Corden and JLo whenever we get into a vehicle?) or stopping at your favorite diner chain, repeating certain activities will help you and your carmates bond and create memories about you forever.
. 7 Plan active pit stops.
You're going to use the bathroom and stretch your legs at some point, so why not make it count? Mockabee chooses somewhere scenic where she and her family can take a short hike. For their recent road trip from Sonora, CA, to Truckee, CA, they found kid-friendly hikes, old mining towns, secluded beaches, and secret swimming holes.
Borsuk is trying to fit into some activity during road trips. "We scope local trails to stop at the way to our final destination, so we can stretch the legs and mind with a short and fun jog," she says.
8. Do not limit yourself to the summer.
The phrase "road trip" might give off serious summer vibes, but unlike some vacations, this is the child you can take any time of year. Mockabee says, "There's no need to limit when and where you go."
"With every season comes a change in natural scenery," Motamedinia says. "[Think] summer sun against beaches, misty mornings through redwoods, and snowy mountain roads."