|Posted by It's Our Everyday Life on August 28, 2016 at 2:05 AM|
I think the most stressful part of a trip can sometimes be the journey there. We're so anxious to get to our destination, that sometimes our getting there can be a little difficult. You're an hour and half from home when you realize you forgot your phone charger. Or your SD card. Or your pajamas. These are all too real expieriences that we ALL face. While it can be difficult, there are a lot of ways we can make it a little easier on ourselves.
Make a list.
You must make a list. Whether it be on your phone, a sticky note, a chocolate bar wrapper, just do it. Didn't mean to get all Shia LaBeouf on you there, but really. If you make a list of everything you need to pack, it will ensure that you won't forget what's most important. We even having running lists on our phones of places we want to visit and want to eat at! It always comes in handy to have things you want to do, it keeps you spontaneous! We've discovered some of our favorite places this way!
Even if you don't think you need snacks, pack them. It's always nice to have a little something with you in case you realize that, yes, that line to get into Shake Shack is going to take a while. Nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit always pack well and are great at keeping you going.
Please get gas. Even when you feel like you will have enough gas to get to your destination, or that you will have plenty of stations nearby, just do us all a favor and fill up your tank. It's such a scary and stressful moment when your light comes on to fill up and there is another 30 miles to the closest station. The majority of you know the terrible feeling of an empty tank, (and hats off to you if you don't, keep it up!) and it is just not good. Keep your sanity and just fill it up.
Especially if you're going somewhere you've never been before, be prepared. If you use your phone for directions, have a backup. You never know if your phone will suddenly freeze or lose an internet connection. We always always always print out some directions online just in case. It's just a nice cushion to have in case something does happen.
Always dress in comfortable clothes when you travel. This is not the time to break in those new shoes you just bought or to wear those super skinny jeans you love. You might love them and think you look great, but it's just not practical. It's always nice to have something that's easy to wear so you can be up for anything. When you're roadtripping, you don't know what you'll end up finding or wanting to stop at along the way.
This might not be a necessity to everyone, but for us it is! Make a new music playlist, download some podcasts, or buy an audiobook! It makes the time go by a lot faster, and it makes it so fun!