Something in our genetics includes long distance driving. It’s not for everyone, but all five siblings in our family, and many of the next generation, love to drive.
And given the 800 or so kilometres between our two cities, there have been endless trips from the U.S. to Canada and back again. Over the years, we’ve perfected the road trip experience – well, our version of it that is usually focused on the destination.
Here’s what we’ve found as successful road trip tips. See if they might work for you.
- Leave early. Six a.m. is a great target time, even earlier in the summer months. The roads aren’t busy and starting out with the sunrise gives an energy to the first few hours of the trip.
- Pack food. This seems obvious, but a good reminder to pack all the foods groups. A bit of healthy crunch (carrots, celery and peppers), some sweet, some salty and some junk. Well, other than the food groups that the border folks will confiscate, but I can never remember which ones those are.
- Dehydrate. Yup, that’s right. Purposely dehydrating helps line the pee stops up with the gas fill ups, and no more. And there’s lots of time to rehydrate at the other end – where a gin and tonic is always waiting.
- Use a laundry bin. Don’t stress about packing a suitcase, and give the border security full view of everything you are bringing. Just pack your clothes in a laundry hamper and toss it in the back of the car.
- Find the right entertainment. I used to listen to music on the whole trip. And every time, I would have James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James on just as I passed Stockbridge, MA. Then I tried books on tape. My favourite are murder mysteries that last about 7 hours. I am trying to figure out whodunit and boom, the trip is done.
We are heading out on a road trip in a week or so to my nephew’s wedding. Can’t wait to do that trip again.