June 24, 2014

(Solo) Road Trip Essentials

On Sunday I got back from my trip to see my parents. I had so much fun seeing everyone and getting to visit! But the drive from Norfolk to Rochester is something else, let me tell you. The drive itself is 10 hours, which doesn't include time for stopping. You need to take at least one stop for gas, but I usually stop about 2-3 times cause I'm an amazeballs traveler. 
On this trip I was traveling alone, which is a whole different ball game than traveling with a companion or a family. I stopped when I wanted/needed to pee. Ate and drank when I was hungry and/or felt caffeine withdrawal. And I listened to my audiobook the whole trip there and back.

And nobody ever asked me if we were there yet. 
I'm pretty spoiled, I know.
Anyway, this is a collection (or set, on my new favorite tool, Polyvore) of the things that I think are essentials for a solo road trip.  

Solo Road Trip Essentials
1. Snacks. I like granola or trail mix because it's crunchy and a little salty. And proteiny so it fills you up and is still sort of healthy-ish. 
2. An audio book. I'm listening to The Goldfinch right now (amazing. I highly recommend it). This is a great way to catch up on reading and spend your time alone in the car. 
3. A cold tumbler (and bevs). I fill up one with water and one with ice coffee before I leave the house so that I can hopefully spare myself a few dollars on the road. Bonus points if you are drinking from a cute mason jar with a straw
4. Sunglasses. These are an absolute necessity. There is nothing worse than driving all day long and getting a splitting headache from squinting in the sun. Since I am a migraineur, I do everything I can to avoid getting a headache, and I might as well look cute doing it. 
5,6. A comfy outfit. I always wear a sweatshirt/cami/shorts or leggings combo when I am traveling with out fail. Layers are the best so that you can add for high a/c and take things off in the hot summer air. Since it is summer in Norfolk, and really spring still in Rochester, a sweatshirt and jeans combo was perfect. (Also, I am coveting this Harry Potter sweatshirt from Etsy). 
7. Flip flops. Hi, my name is Alex and I'm a barefoot driver. I know it's not the safest. But every so often I just have to. So flip flops for the win. Purple ones because purple is my favorite. 

10 comments:

  1. I love road trips! I've never done a solo one though. What a concept to stop when you need to pee (and not when everyone else does!). And to not be asked "are we there yet?"... priceless! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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    1. It does make me feel a little bit spoiled :) 10 hours of alone time was just amazing!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. It has been a long time since I've done a solo trip but these tips are useful for family trips too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. I've always loved traveling alone. I don't get to do it too much anymore though. I love listening to books in the car! I've been thinking about Audible, but I'm just not sure how often I'd use it since I'm not really in the car for long periods of time anymore. Plus, I usually have a toddler in the car with the DVD player going. Boo!

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    1. I LOVE traveling by myself. So much reflection time.

      I have an Audible subscription, which I use through their free app and I think it's a great investment. I actually use it when I drive around for errands, or when I'm sitting at my computer. I've found that I am "reading" more consistently than I would if I wasn't listening to audiobooks. I highly recommend Audible.

      Thanks for visiting! :)

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  4. I loved doing solo road trips when I was younger and single, although I did do one last summer when my hubby was working downstate and I went to visit him - a 10 hour drive. Love being able to do what I want to.. stop to take pictures if I want. Sight see as long as time wasn't pressed. So much fun. I used to head out with a final destination but no time limit except when I needed to be back to work. Loved it... although my family where worried as they really didn't know where I was and at that time cell phones were not so popular.

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    1. It is pretty refreshing to have all that alone time. I wish I would have stopped more to take photos and sight see! You had the right idea!

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  5. Alex - I too am a barefoot driver - always have been. After many, many years (I won't tell you HOW many) I can't figure out why it's not safe! Great post!

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    1. Good to know that there are others out there! I have never been able to understand why it was unsafe, so usually I only do it when I am by myself.

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