Thursday, February 7, 2013

Road Trip Adventures

Some people hate traveling by car. Too long, too cramped, too blah. I think those people are boring. Air travel is such a hassle. Turbulence, no leg room (tall girl problems), and awkward convos with strangers who feel obligated to talk to you because they elbowed your ribs when they put their seatbelt on. Nobody needs that. Road trips are the beez-neez. I have taken my fair share of automative treks both long and far. This includes family vacations, cross-country trips with friends, impromptu day trips, and being stuck in a van with 17 other people for 18 hours round trip. From my experiences, I have created a guideline to get the most out of your adventure.

Bring snacks

Haribo brand only acceptable bear
I don't know about any of you, but I like to eat. And I just can't go hours upon hours without eating anything, so I bring along snacks to any trip. I blame my family for this one. Anytime we go on a car trip, we grab anything considered to be snack food from the kitchen, put it in the car, and go on our way. We have never forgotten the snack bag. Never. Here is a list of snacks suitable for a car:
  • Gummy Bears (necessity)
  • Chex Mix
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pretzels
  • Pringles (fits in a cupholder)
  • Kettle Corn
  • Nothing that melts
  • Nothing that requires a napkin (ie Cheetos)
  • Pretty much any candy unless it violates another standard stated above

Have good music prepared

You will really get to know your friend's inner-self when they plug their iPod into the car. If you afraid of people seeing what you really listen to when you're alone, plan ahead. Make a playlist. Actually, do this anyways. Everyone has those few songs that they downloaded one day because, hey, what's the harm? It's just one Aly & AJ song. It WILL show up within the first five songs when you hit that dreaded shuffle button. Thank me later.

Wear comfy clothes

This one's obvious. I don't need to explain this to you. Except for one thing. Leave the Snuggie at home. Nobody cares.

Enjoy the scenery

Favorite part of my last trip. Goats.
This is something I always make sure to do when being in a car. Being from/always living in West Texas, I am used to one type of landscape: Flatness. No hills, no trees, no animals (besides cows. moo). Just appreciate the difference. The landscape can also provide endless entertainment. There's the oldies like I Spy and the Alphabet Game. But then there's funny games like That's Where You're Going to Live. Fellow Dud Nicole taught this one to us when we were heading down to Louisiana last spring. What you do is this: while driving down the highway, find the weirdest building structure you can, pick out a fellow rider's name, and tell them that's where they'll live. This is a game where you get to express your creative nature. And have a good laugh on the behalf of your friend's hypothetical future living arrangements. 

Go with awesome people

We give Anthem, AZ 3 thumbs up
Overall, the most memorable road trips are ones you take with people you enjoy being with.  That's where the stories come from. Usually, I remember more about how I got there than the actual destination. Getting lost/mocking dad's directional ability in Oklahoma, stopping in Anthem, AZ aka the best place in America, playing Fancy Pants forever on the way back from Louisiana. Those are things that make road trips. 

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