You guys, I'm someone who idealizes EVERYTHING. In my head every moment of every day should play out like a scene from a movie.
When Ryan and I moved from California to Texas, we drove. With a Subaru Outback filled with everything that wouldn't fit into our POD, including: 2 kayaks, 1 mountain bike and a dog.
It was miserable.
Why? Because there was no plan. I look back and laugh at how foolish I was. Sure, let's strap two kayaks to the top of this bad boy, for the FIRST TIME and drive half way across the country. Why not?
It's been a little over a year now since we moved and I wouldn't necessarily call myself a planner but we are getting ready to go on a mini road trip and I feel way more prepared for this 3 hour drive than I did for our 3 day adventure. Here are 7 things we do before we hit the road:
3 Days Before
1. Do a Safety Check of your Vehicle
Don't worry, it doesn't need to be anything crazy but...make sure that:
Your oil is full (aka you don't need an oil change)
All lights and blinkers are working
All tires are full
2. Check Your Middle Console/Glove Compartment
You want to check these easy to access compartments to make sure that you have:
Your insurance card
Your road side assistance information (if not in your wallet)
A healthy stack of napkins
All necessary cell phone/device chargers
An empty bag for trash
3. Confirm Your Safety Kits are in the Car
For this I mean both a First Aid Kit and your road side assistance kit (I don't actually know the name of this but it's that bag you should have with jumper cables, a flashlight, etc.)
2 Days Before
4. Go Shopping for All Essentials, Snacks & Resolve any Safety Check Issues
Whatever was wrong or missing from steps 1-3 make a list and go to a one stop shop (WalMart or Target should have everything you need). While you're there pick up all of the fun road trip snacks. Ryan and I's favorite road trip snacks are a mixture of the following:
Kettle Chips - jalapeno, bbq and salt & pepper (yes all three)
The Cat cookies from Trader Joes
Our Oh Goodie! Box snacks (this is the best because you just throw the whole box in the backseat)
5. Do Laundry
Trust me! Do this at least two days before you go. You can do it sooner if you like. But for me, I like to wear a lot of the same clothes which means I wait til the very end to do the wash. For me, the very end is two days ahead of time because I HATE that feeling when you realize your favorite shirt is dirty and then you have to stay up later than planned washing said shirt, contemplating whether or not you should put it in the dryer, deciding not to and then having to hang half-wet shirt up in car to finish drying on your trip.Anyone else?
1 Day Before Your Trip
6. Get Your Car Cleaned
Yes, I know it's just going to get dirty, but it is such a good feeling to sit in a freshly cleaned car. For the next few hours or the next few days this car is going to be your home base. A big part of making sure it's comfortable is starting it off clean.
7. Fill Up Your Tank
Don't wait til the morning. When that alarm goes off it's time for your adventure to begin. Nothing stalls an adventure like having to stop for gas right out of the gate (or worse, running out of gas without a gas station or cell phone tower in site).