Even though airplanes are my preferred mode of travel, if the company is right, I’m always down for a good old-fashioned road trip. Back in my LSU days, trips up and down I-10 were as normal as midnight runs to Whataburger, but as adult responsibilities on borrowed time take precedence, every now and then I still take some time to gas up, jam some tunes, and enjoy the monotony of the highway.
With siblings and a toddler niece that seems to be aging overnight living in Dallas, breaks from the nuisances of everyday life to make time for family are necessary. My siblings and I are extremely close, and in the not so long ago past, we were spread out all over the country, from D.C. to Chicago and back down to Houston. So, now that we are all in the same state, we relish the moments that we can all be together.
For the past couple of years, we have had an annual standing football holiday that I’ve spent in Dallas, the Red River Showdown, UT vs OU. And since this game runs in conjunction with the State Fair, which I plan to attend every year and somehow never make it, it’s the perfect weekend to be in Dallas for family and festivities.
This year, I’m dragging one of my younger brothers along with me. Road trips can be as fun as you make them, but as with anything, there are certain things to remember:
- Make sure your car has been serviced and is road trip ready before you get on the road. There are some road hazards that you can’t plan for or predict, but it’s always a good idea to make sure you’ve had your vehicle checked and that your maintenance is up to date before starting your journey. Also, check to make sure your spare is in good condition and that you have the tools needed, just in case.
- Start your trip on a full tank. Road conditions are too unpredictable to play Russian Roulette with your gas tank.
- Update your playlist. Satellite radio is cool and all, but if you’re like me, there are certain artists and songs that I need to hear to make my road trip complete. Nothing makes the time go by quicker than singing and rapping along with your favorite artists.
- Either pack some snacks or plan to purchase some at one of your pit stops. Snacks should be things that are easy to eat on the go like trail mix, chips, etc. Snacking and riding or snacking and driving, story of my life.
- Don’t rush and pay attention. Many accidents that happen on the road are caused by impatient or uncautious drivers.
- Find a Cracker Barrel. Ok ok, you don’t really have to find a Cracker Barrel, but on my road trips, this is my go to eatery.
What helps you to make it through your road trips? Feel free to drop some tips below.
With Love and Sparkles,