By Kate Desmond
As a kid, I always loved traveling to Ohio to visit my mom’s side of the family. We would drive over two days—it was a ten-hour drive—and it was always really fun. My mom and I would sing along to CDs, play the License Plate Game and eat Twizzlers. It was always the highlight of my summer.
All you need is a lively playlist, plenty of snacks, a fun travel partner and a full tank of gas for the perfect summer road trip, right? That’s a great list to start out with, but there is more preparation that can go into a fantastic summer road trip.
Before you even hit the road, you need to pack. Start by packing your clothes, toiletries—the essentials. Next, begin to pack the car and how to do it efficiently. After packing the car, then think of what snacks you’ll munch on while you’re on the road, and what CDs will be in tow.
It’s important to stay entertained while on a road trip. There are a couple of foolproof ways to stay amused. First, make a fun, upbeat playlist full of songs that will make you want to sing along and make the time pass quicker.
My suggestions are:
The Feeling (feat. Halsey)- Justin Bieber
Stitches- Shawn Mendes
Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey
What Do You Mean?- Justin Bieber
We Are Never Getting Back Together- Taylor Swift
On My Mind- Ellie Goulding
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)- Mark Ronson
Drunk On You- Luke Bryan
Perfect- One Direction
How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris and Disciples
Lay It All On Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)- Rudimental
Bennie and The Jets- Elton John
Shake It Off- Taylor Swift
Gangnam Style- Psy
Next, you can never go wrong with playing games. Favorites include: I Spy, License Plate Game and Tic Tac Toe. Games are a staple for road trips, especially with kids on board. Making up your games own games is encouraged as well.
It’s also a good idea to look for pit stops along the way. Look for unique places to stop at like marvelous diners, landmarks, scenic views or a delicious ice cream shop. This will be a nice place to give your legs a break from sitting, to move around, and discover something neat on your way to your final destination.