So You’re Going on a Road Trip

That will be fun! But there are a few things you should keep in mind before hopping in the car and setting off on your adventure.

Like Adam and Josh, I also took a trip out West and learned some pretty valuable lessons. First, know your company. If you’re not traveling alone, know your limits with whomever you’re traveling with. It could get pretty awkward if someone loses their temper, as you’re stuck in a tight space together. You don’t have to talk the whole time; in fact, you’ll probably be sleeping a lot if you’re not driving, so bring some music or a book on tape to pass the time when you’re behind the wheel.

And speaking of sleep, if you’re like me, cars make you drowsy. It’s important to know when to pull over and take a break. Sometimes it’ll be easy to find a rest stop, but if you’re in the middle of nowhere (which frequently happens on road trips), pay attention to those signs on the road that tell you how many miles are left until the next opportunity to stop and evaluate just how alert you are.

Middle-of-Nowhere, Idaho

Middle-of-Nowhere, Idaho

Guess what? Road trips are expensive. Gas is pricey and the cost food, even fast food, accumulates rapidly. Bring snacks like almonds and fruit, and supplies for sandwiches so that you can make your own lunch at rest stops. Some are pretty nice and have scenic views.

Most importantly, remember to have a good time. If you notice something interesting, stop and check it out; you never know when you’re going to be back.

We stumbled onto a lava field in the middle of Oregon and decided to take a look.

We stumbled onto a lava field in the middle of Oregon and decided to take a look.

-ERV

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