Jeff and I have been on our share of Road Trips.  Here are some of our favorites.

Our first was with our Parents was they toured across Canada and the United States.  My Dad was a teacher and the day school let out for the summer we were off.  Three kids in the back seat of a hot car while pulling a tent trailer for 8 hours a day.  FUN TIMES.

Actually it was really cool.  We rode up to the top of the CN Tower, visited Gettysburg and strolled the hallways of the Smithsonian in Washington DC.  I may have even found a girlfriend at Niagara Falls but even though we were very serious, I don’t remember her name or even remember what she looked like.   I think we got engaged but I am not sure.

The next trip Jeff and I went on together was a bike trip.  We were at an age where we did not think of preparing for the 30 KM tour.  Needless to say when my tire went flat I had to walk the rest of the way.  Good thing Jeff decided to go ahead to get help – and left me there on the side or the road.

In our late teens we went on our first real trip.  All alone, we packed up the car, headed through the Rocky Mountains and on to the resort town of Kelowna, BC.  * Because our parents may read this post I cannot share any additional details.

As adults, with wives and kids in hand, Jeff and I have been to Disneyland together,  we have toured down to Palm Springs and made countless trips to BC.  All this because we love Road Trips.

It was less than a year ago that Jeff and I headed South to Florida and Georgia.  We left our wives and kids at home and had a great time touring around those states.  Here is a clip from that very road trip.

Now for todays Top 77 Road Trip Essentials (Remember:  this is my list not yours)

1.  Cooler

Taking some sort of beverage with you when you are on a road trip is essential.  From a medical standpoint, it keeps you hydrated.  From a personal preference point of view, it tastes gooooood.

2.  Maps and GPS

I once attempted to navigate around Las Vegas with no map or GPS.  How hard can it be?

Word of advice, Vegas has more than just “The Strip” so for the sake of your marriage, use a map or GPS in any unknown location.

3.  Music

Music style is an individual choice so I am not going there.  Enjoying your style is possible for everyone so keep your ipod up to date.

4.  Money

It was in St. Louis, MO where I ran out of money.  It is never fun skipping a meal, or two.

5.  Cell Phone

Just a tip but if you are going to head from Canada to the USA and want to use your cell phone, let your provider know first.  That first bill with all those roaming charges on it will break you.  (See #4)

6. Video Equipment

Of course the actual trip is the best but the memories captured on video can be entertaining too.  During our last trip, Jeff and I made a feature length documentary called “Finding Yesterday.”  If you want to see it, let us know.  For some reason our relatives don’t want to see it for a 4th or 5th time.  I don’t get it.

7.  Loosen up a bit and relax

Do not, under any circumstances, take your home life with you.  Leave it at home.  Your family will thank you and you will enjoy the trip so much better.  So let your hair down and have a good time.  That part is 100% your choice.

What do you consider essential for your Road Trips?  Let us know.

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  1. Gerhard says:

    One essential for a good road trip is preparation. You just never know what or whom you will meet on your trip. We met people from our town while in Newfoundland, about 5-or 6000 km from home.

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