The thing about road trips is you must bring your girl (or boy) scout A-game. You must always be prepared for anything -inclement weather, unexpected detours, mechanical problems and of course the occasional bout of “hanger” (hunger + anger). After a handful of road trips together, from our summer road trip through the Southwest (New Orleans to Las Vegas and all the stops in between – Austin, Marfa, Santa Fe & Flagstaff) to our autumn road trip down the Pacific NW, here are a few of our tips for flawless trekking:
- Maps: Seems obvious but paper is as popular nowadays as floppy disks. Maps are dinosaurs, but dinosaurs don’t need wifi, eat through cell phone data plans or power down unexpectedly.
- Travel apps: This may also seem obvious, but smartphone apps are the quickest and easiest ways to search for local recommendations and reviews on everything from places to eat to things to do. Yelp and Trip Advisor are always in hand when we travel, as are various weather apps like Wunderground. We also never travel without streaming some tunes on Pandora or TuneIn Radio. ProCam2 brings a plethora of picture snapping options for the bourgeoning iPhone photog as well.
- Blankets: Because who wants to be stranded overnight in a cold car? Not I.
- Spare Keys: Unless of course you like having Pop-a-Lock on speed dial.
- Auto Preparedness: Although not technically an “item,” it helps to familiarize yourself with bare minimum knowledge about your car. Do you know how to check tire pressure? Check the oil? Change a tire? Do you have a AAA account? How far can you drive when your tank is on empty? You may think that last one is a joke but take it from me, a girl who has one heck of a story about driving through Texas off the main highway, only to find that every single gas station had closed shop for good…