Top Tips for a Fun Road Trip
- Be Comfortable
- Drive Between 45 and 55 mph for optimum MPG – it is a road trip not a road race.
- Stay off the highways. Enjoy the Scenic Byways.
- Roll Down the window, except for cow country.
- Get your favorite music ready. Doesn’t matter what you play as long as it makes you happy.
- Healthy snacks – You don’t want this to be your last road trip.
- Hint: Don’t get a bunch of the same stuff by getting bulk any anything (except water). Trail mix is awesome the first two days and then it loses its appeal.
- If you are going to have sandwiches – do not prepare ahead of time. Place small containers with the sandwich filling and then build your sandwich when you are hungry. Cold wet sandwiches are not fun. PB&J your steering will get sticky, tuna will get soggy and a mayo sandwich can get warm.
- Maps – technology is great but bring a map along just in case.
- Phone is only for emergencies. Batteries die get a phone battery charger.
- Get your car a professional check-up including tire pressure, check spare tire condition and check oil.
- Fill up a spare gas can and keep it in your trunk.
- Pack automobile emergency kit.
- Pack a small pop-up tent and compressible sleeping bag.
- Install Roadside America App or go to Roadside America to manually plot things on your map. Wish someone would develop an android app for these guys.
- Get a crappy working flip phone, charge it, turn it off and leave it in glove compartment or trunk. You do not need to have a wireless service provider to make emergency calls.
- This book has been helpful on my solo trips : The Bad Girl’s Guide to the Open Road
- Tips on beating the speeding ticket
- Utilizing tampons
- Opening a beer bottle with your car
- Peeing without getting your clothes wet
- Pack Marshmallows
- If you truly want more road trips in your life invest in buying Chase’s Calendar of Events the world’s datebook. Chase’s is the one-stop shop for everything that is happening now or is worth remembering from the past.
- Are you part of the LGBTQ community? Find the friendly bars? Campgrounds? Get yourself either the Damron Women’s Traveller Guide or Damron Men’s Travel Guide – it is an essential tool in road trips.
- Pack a deck of cards, a micro board game (similar to Love Letters, Zombie Dice, Onirim or Friday) or the latest summer reads (NPR). Sometimes the weather keeps you put in one place.
Best Travel App to Find American Oddities
The Roadside America App for iPhone was created by America’s foremost experts in roadside attractions and oddities. It’s packed with easy-to-use, in-depth info and maps for the nation’s funniest and weirdest must-sees — over 10,000 eye-popping places when you unlock the entire USA and Canada.
When you purchase the app for $2.99, the Roadside America App lets you choose one of seven US/Canada regions to unlock: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest, or California (see list of states included). You have the option in the App to also buy individual regions ($1.99/region) or all remaining regions — the Entire US/Canada ($5.99).
With the “Near Me – What’s Just Down the Road” option you’ll instantly see what’s nearby — oddball monuments, Muffler Men, quirky museums, tourist attractions. When on the network, the app knows where you are, so you’ll never miss a great sight again.
Get maps and driving directions, hours, phone numbers, and the stories and tips. And keep track of every Roadside America sight you’ve ever visited!
You can browse attractions by our categories: “Big,” “Atomic,” “Music,” “Tech,” and 70 more Themes. The app photo galleries display thousands of images, and access to special “research” attraction targets not yet on the web site!