Over to you, Katy...
It’s a long standing ambition of mine to go on a proper road trip. The sort that involves driving through the night, living on snack food, and stopping at fascinating, out of the way spots along the journey.
The closest I’ve come was when my husband and I toured Texas, shortly after our wedding. We were visiting relatives over there, but also took a week or so to explore the Lone Star State on our own. And there was a lot of it to explore. We’d put the sat nav on and the helpful woman would say “in 400 miles, turn left.”
But it was great fun. We put the radio on loud (country music, of course), we stayed at roadside motels, we ate a lot of pancakes… And it definitely gave me a feel for what I think are the essential components of a great road trip.
Your mileage, of course, may vary…
Katy Cannon’s Top 5 Road Trip Essentials
1. A cool car. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in it, so you either want something phenomenally comfy with all mod cons, or something so damn cool that you don’t care how uncomfortable you are.
2. A soundtrack. Whether it’s as background music while you survey the landscape around you, pumping out loud to keep you awake when you drive through the night, or just something you can belt out at the top of your voice as you drive, music is essential. (If you want to check out the road trip soundtrack for And Then We Ran, check it out on my blog.)
3. Snacks. And plenty of them. There’s not a lot to do in a car, and you need to keep your energy up, so yeah, snacks. And stops at diners and service stations along the way. Basically, think sugar and burgers. This is not the time for dieting. Road trips are unhealthy. Embrace it.
4. A notebook and pen. You never know what you’re going to see on a road trip. You’re travelling through new surroundings, meeting new people - and you don’t want to forget a moment of it. If nothing else, it’s great inspiration for your next book! So keep a notebook and pen handy, and keep taking notes.
5. Great company. This is the most important point on the list. After all, without someone to banter with, sing along with, share the driving, bicker about directions, and talk about anything and everything, what’s the point of taking the road trip at all?
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