If you are anything like me and live within 4-7 driving hours away from your significant other, you are bound to find yourself alone on the road- a lot! I make the trip from the San Jose area to the Los Angeles area a few times in the span of three months, so I consider myself a pro on what you need to make a long distance drive easy and comfortable. To have a stress-free roadtrip, just follow these simple tips:
- Set up your entertainment before you hit the road. If you need to, make a few CDs with your favorite music. One of the best investments I ever made was an Ipod player for my car. You can find one at your local Radioshack on Story Road. Make sure you pick up the one with the cassette tape if your car still has the player for that so you do not have to worry about finding a radio station. If you don’t have music playing capabilities in your car, invest in a bluetooth which will help you chat with someone on the road so you won’t get too tired, bored or sleepy.
- Take care of your car so it doesn’t break down on you mid-trip. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Get your car serviced regularly and fill your tank up with gas when it gets half full. You should be safe than sorry, especially since you can’t predict when the next gas station will come up.
- Keep your necessities at hand so you can find them easily when the time comes. Put a bottle of water and a cup of coffee in each cup holder, place CDs, your cell phone and sunglasses in the area under the stereo, and fill the passenger’s seat with food and snacks for effortless accessibility.
- Make yourself comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes such as pajama bottoms and slip-on shoes. Let your eyes take a break frequently because concentrating on the car ahead of you for too long has the same effect on your eyes that a computer screen does. Make sure you use the restroom as soon as you feel the urge. I learned my lesson when I waited for the next rest stop, which turned out to be closed, and had to wait over 60 miles for the one after that.
- Lastly, enjoy yourself. Crank that music high and don’t be afraid to sing and dance. Use this time to reconnect with yourself and relax. Embrace the freedome you have on the wide open road.
Everyone has their own special routines or necessities that they always do on the road to seeing their honey or on the way back. What are some things you must take on the road or the activities you prefer to do?