I am definitely in denial that summer is quickly coming to a close, even though Fall is my all-time favourite season, I want to hold onto what is left of summer until I officially have to let go. Thus, I will be avoiding all things Fall for the meantime.
For anyone with some last minute road trips planned this summer to take advantage of the two weeks that we have left, here is a list of things to remember when planning and going on a road trip that I know from previous experience. Enjoy what's left of your summer everyone!
- Always have a full tank of gas. Trust me. You never know when you'll be stuck in traffic, crawling forward inch by inch, leaving you unable to turn off your vehicle. Also, if you don't know the route you're driving very well or the conditions, it's in your best interest to top off the tank every time you pass a small town or gas station.
- Always have a blanket in the car. Especially in winter, if for some reason you get stuck somewhere and need to spend the night in the car, you'll be thankful then. And it's always an added bonus for passengers too who want to take a little road trip nap.
- Snacks. Lots of them.
- Check the oil and all that jazz before you leave or ask your boyfriend or a friend who knows how if you aren't mechanically inclined.
- Make sure your spare tire is in good condition.
- Know how to change a tire. It's important, trust me. If you haven't read this post, it's a funny story.
- Only carpool with people you like. It can end badly otherwise.
- Bring more than one CD or playlist with you. Otherwise you may go crazy.
- Make sure to stop every once and awhile and stretch. If you're the driver, your left leg will eventually cramp up from being in the same stationary position and it sucks.
- Read and trust the signs. Highway signs are big, clear and actually correct compared to small indecipherable signs in the city that always seem to point the wrong way or come too late for you to navigate.
- Semi trucks are scary. My philosophy is to pass them as soon as possible or just tag along behind. Anyone remember Final Destination with that logger truck? Yeah, that still freaks me out.
- Ask for directions if you need too. Google Maps usually saves the day nowadays but depending on what small town you're in, you may not have service and Google Maps may not know where you are. Which means you will need to resort to asking a local for some help.
- Enjoy the adventure!