Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Long Road Trip Essentials [For You & the Pup!]

Today is our last full day in Portland before we venture back down to San Francisco tomorrow. I would love to get in the habit of flying SFO => PDX in the future but that has yet to happen for a variety of reasons. The first time I drove down, it was because I moved here and had to get my car to the bay. Second long drive, was when I drove up for a wedding (post here) and couldn't get a flight on short notice without paying an exorbitant cost. And for this Christmas visit, we were staying over a week and wanted the dog with us at Christmas (it's obviously a very important day to him, wink wink). Chandler is 35 lbs thus won't fit under a plane seat and I'd never have the heart to let him fly cargo so driving it was.

Since I've now done a 9+ hour drive for the umpteenth time and am prepared to do it again tomorrow (we drove here and are driving back overnight vs the day), I found that here's how Jay, Chandler and me survive the life on the long, long, open road.

Sweats // You may be fancier than me when it comes to road trips but I am all about the sweats. Hopefully they're cute but sometimes they're not and I don't care one iota. All that matters is that they maximize the leisure.
Warm shoes // An Ugg (or anything mimicking it) is my go-to. Little foot sweaters.
Sunglasses // You never know when you might round a bend and need those shades. I always have a pair in my car no matter what.

Packed Snacks // Fruit + a crunchy (chips, popcorn, etc.) + a light entree (e.g. a sandwich) go a long way in the quest to stay alert, happy, full and on schedule.

Caffeine (for the driver) // I rarely advocate drinking a lot of pop but 9+ hours warrants it, that and coffee.
Water // Always have water on hand. Lots and lots of water. I like to keep a case in the car as much for my ease of thirst quenching as it is in case of emergency.

Podcasts // I'm not a huge fan of podcasts to be honest but there are some good ones. My favorite one thus far is this one [NSFW name of podcast FYI =>] HERE. It looks kinda sleazy but hearing them is honestly like sitting at a table with your girlfriends (or at least mine). Them chicks are hilarious, brazen and really smart. I also like 9/11 ones (always interesting) and ones about crime (such as "Serial").
Spotify // A good playlist has saved me many a night rides. Keep one ready to go.
Louis CK //  Listen to his crude stand-up and never look back. Laughing makes the miles pass. Here's his take on millennials. 

Face Mask (for the passenger) // If you're taking turns driving, the face mask is quite helpful for the off-duty passenger. 
Blanket & Pillow // Not only can the passenger use this as they sleep but it just makes sense if something were to happen (knock on wood) and you had to sleep in your car for some reason. Staying warm is important.
Chapstick // Maybe this is me but I feel like long drives drive my skin/lips crazy. Give me moisture!!
Paper Towels // Sometimes your dog pukes in the car. Sometimes you spill your pop all over. Sometimes you have to have something to use when you can't hold it anymore and you pull over in no man's land to go #1. I'm just saying, paper towels are the gift that keep on giving.
Hand Sanitizer // For reasons just like the above ^ plus the added bonus of gas station visits. Best to have on hand.
iPhone // As if anyone wouldn't have their phone with them unless they read this stupid post, ha. But, when you need to take a quick walk and pull over for a 10-minute break, there's generally some nice views to snap as you stretch your legs that will remind you of this journey in retrospect.

//Pup Essentials//
Poop Bags // Just because it's the side of the road doesn't make you any less obligated! 
Dog Treats, Water & Collapsible Bowls // Rest Areas aren't just for you. Make the breaks something good for your canine too! A quick run around the parking lot, a bowl of water and some treats will help ease their stress as they head back into the crate.
Comfortable Auto Accommodations // Chandler rides perfectly in his blanket-lined crate nestled in the back seat but is super uneasy when he's just in the car without it. We are so glad we found a way that he rides in comfort. Find a way to keep your dog safe (not roaming free adjacent to the air bag!) and emotionally/physically comfortable for the journey. 

What's a road trip essential for you??
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Ashley Lillis said...

My husband and I love listening to podcasts when we're going on long trips. It definitely helps both of us to stay engaged with each other! I would not know what to do without my chapstick or water on a roadtrip! I'm always thirsty and my lips always get chapped. 100% agree on having poop bags and water and treats for your pup. It definitely helps when you pull over at a roadstop if you have everything easily accessible! Hope y'all have a safe drive back from Portland!

Pat Hatt said...

Never thought of podcasts, few if any I like, but suppose it passes the time. 9 hours though, ugg, my back would have a fit driving that long haha glad the pup rides comfortably. I'd never want to put an animal in cargo, especially if it were summer time. Poop bags you say, can't you just get a stick and flick it off the side of the road? lol

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

it's been a long time since i've been on a long drive, i am bookmarking this for when we go again. i'll have to check out that guys we ** podcast lol it sounds hilarious.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

When people emerge from long rides in going out clothes, I'm like huh? How are you comfortable? LOL

Water, snacks, wet wipes, a roll of TP, gum, swedish fish, all musts.

BLovedBoston said...

Thanks for the podcast recommendation - we're planning a few long drives in the new year and I like listening to them!! Goldfish is my snack of choice for long car rides! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Panty Buns said...

Your list of long road trip essentials is great and pretty comprehensive! I should copy it down just in case I leave the house some day. I've had Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish before - they're a yummy treat of a light snack! The apples are obvs healthy. That red Woven Workz Fringed Blanket looks invitingly soft and warm. The paper towels are a great idea. And T.P.. LMAO Re that NSFW podcast. For myself, if I did a long road trip I might add a commode and a urinal. Depending on weather conditions, if it was freezing I'd include a bag of sand or kitty litter, a shovel, ice scrapers - wait a minute. I do that in winter anyway, and who am I kidding. Me, take a road trip? Actually I don't have an iPhone or cellphone any other other wireless device, but taking a camera is a must! :)


Jax said...

Girl, I'm all about the sweats for a road trip!! And sunglasses are a must! Nothing worse than squinting followed by a head ache.

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

Funny enough, we're going on a little road trip tomorrow to South Florida so no warm clothes is needed but definitely snacks and all the puppy things since Lola is coming along for the adventure. Great list!