12 Necessary Components For A Memorable Road Trip

12 Necessary Components For A Memorable Road Trip

How to treasure “being on the road, again”
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Staying in one place doesn’t suit me. I love being able to travel to new places for new sights, sounds, and smells. Road trips are a perfectly cost-effective way to get away from home without having to leave the country and still experience something new. I recently took a very memorable road trip to Yosemite.

Between that and my semi-frequent road trips from the Bay Area to LA, you could say I’m an expert at planning and executing phenomenal road trips. In my experience, the following 12 things are what will make or break any road trip you take.

1. A meticulously crafted itinerary


Which you can disregard whenever necessary, but having one to start out with is always a good idea.

2. A bangin’ playlist


Specifically, one that is catered towards your final destination. A bangin’ playlist should take into account the weather, the time of year, the merriment of the occasion, etc.

3. Comfy pants


You might not need the elastic waistband because you’ll be eating three dinners, but no good ever comes from wearing tight pants that pinch on a 10-hour road trip.

4. More snacks than you think you’ll need


Trust.

5. The “Trash” bag


You might not always start out with one, but you definitely always end up with one.

6. Water


Maybe not the most thrilling addition to the road trip, however having plenty of water is handy not only for staying hydrated but for increasing the number of pitstops you might make for bathroom breaks. This could lead to some pretty interesting unexpected side stories you’ll be telling to all your friends and family when you come home.

7. Mind numbing boredom


This usually sets in around the third or fourth hour on the road.

8. A pit stop for ice-cream


This helps to alleviate the aforementioned “mind-numbing boredom” and is a welcome addition to a road trip at any time of day. (Plus, this baby totally gets me.)

9. License plate games


Or riddles, or guessing games, or twenty questions. Basically, these save your life if you ever get carsick and can’t read or don't want to waste data scrolling through Instagram.

10. Walking shoes


The best part of any road trip is the time you spend off the road.

11. A camera


To document all of the good fun. Photos help so that you won’t forget any of the little details (This speaks more to it being remembered.)

12. Good company


If you had bad company, you wouldn’t want it to be memorable in the first place.


And finally, I will leave you with a nugget of wisdom, a Public Service Announcement so to speak: clean your car immediately BEFORE AND AFTER you go. You can thank me later.

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If You Give A Girl A Little Brother

You've given her the world.
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I remember back to my childhood, standing at the top of the steps yelling down to my parents "Why did you decide to have another child?" I remember riding in the backseat yelling "Mom, was I not good enough for you?" as my brother threw snow at me .

I remember crying when my mom made us share our first cell phone. I remember playing in a pool at a waterpark, and my dad couldn't play with me because my brother couldn't swim and needed my dad to be with him. I played by myself, thinking "They must have not wanted a girl when they only pay attention to him."

But now, at almost 22, I realized that the best gift God has ever given me was my little brother.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a pain in her ass.

Oh, he'll be annoying. He'll get in the shower just because you said you were going to. He'll start talking every time you do. He'll pull stupid pranks, he'll make you listen to bogus music, he'll make you watch stupid tv shows, he'll smell up the bathroom (and probably smell himself.) and boy, I promise there will be day's you will resent him. But he's just training for living with your husband one day.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a role.

As a big sister, I had somebody copying all my moves. If I did something, so did he. If I didn't eat something, neither did he. If I didn't like somebody neither did he. He was like a little shadow that did everything I did, so I was always motivated to make good choices and make him proud of me.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a rough side.

I wouldn't have done half the things I did if it wasn't for him. Play basketball in the drive way, spend hours on our bikes, spend the summer days in the pool, or down at the park. I wouldn't have learned that it's okay to get in the dirt and have some fun. I wouldn't have played half the made up, imaginary games we played every day. I wouldn't have played with Hot Wheels, or Lincoln Logs, or Leggo's. I would have played with Barbies by myself all day long, and what's the fun in that?

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her the best friend she'll ever have.

In the end, when our parent's both pass away, I won't be alone, because I will have my little brother. When the world gets tough, and everyone turns away from me, he will always be there. No matter where he end's up in life, I know he will drop everything and come running when I'm in need.

For Christmas this year, I bought my brother his first tattoo. We got matching tattoo's on our sides. Our lives our different now, because we're grown up and live on opposite sides of the state. But no matter where we go in life, if we look up, we will be looking at the same sun and moon. We are made up of the same matter, 'made' by the same people, and love each other more than I think we'd like to admit.

Alex is my true other-half.

Give a girl a little brother, and you made her whole.

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15 Must-Have Road Trip Songs That Will Get You Hyped For The Long Drive Ahead

You can guarantee these songs will be a total hit on the next road trip!

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With any long road trip, it is hard to pick a playlist that has songs everyone will enjoy. These fifteen songs are guaranteed to keep everyone satisfied and hyped up for the drive.

1. "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson will be happy you're enjoying the song with your friends as he enjoys making music with his friends.

2. "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts

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Although it's a little cliche, this song will surely get your friends singing.

3. "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling Stones

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Jimmy Fallon knows it too, Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones is a jam.

4. "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

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Go your own way on a road trip and sing this song with Stevie.

5. "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles 

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You and your friends will surely bond over this tune from the Beatles.

6. "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N" by Noah and the Whale

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Noah and the Whale will brighten up any situation with this song, even if your tire pops or you run out of gas.

7. "Welcome To Your Life" by Grouplove

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This inspirational jam will have everyone in a positive mood for the rest of the trip. Thanks Grouplove!

8. "A Real Hero" by College and Electric Youth

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"From A Place Beyond the Pines" to your car speakers, this song is great for when people start feeling a tad emotional as those long car rides become longer than expected...

9. "Live and Let Die" by Guns N' Roses

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When your friends start getting sleepy, wake them up with a little Guns N' Roses.

10. "Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum

"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum is a classic that your road trip playlist would be incomplete without.

11. "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie

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It's one of the best collaborations in history, Queen and David Bowie would be disappointed if it wasn't in your playlist.

12. "Sister Golden Hair" by America

Sister Golden Hair by America is a great song to cruise on a long road to. Only looking forward and no looking back.

13. "Walking In Memphis" by Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn couldn't have made a better song to hype up you and your friends for a road trip! This song will get everyone in the car excited to get to your destination.

14. "Drive" by Alan Jackson

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For all country lovers, this song is perfect for a road trip and to get a little sentimental on the drive. Alan Jackson, you really did us a favor!

15. "All Night Long" by Lionel Riche 

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No matter how long the drive will be, Lionel Riche will keep you singing all night long!

I hope you guys have found some songs out of this list that you like!

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