Wednesday, April 3, 2013

homeward bound

Three years into college now, I've had my fair share at road trips. If you're like me and live away from home, there will be holidays and weekends where you need to make the long haul back to see family and friends. Luckily for me, I go to school about two hours away from my hometown, so my drive is too horrible. I also get some lovely scenery to pass by on the way.

Anyways, since I have some experience in the driving home department, I thoughts I would share with you guys some of my tips for being trapped in a car for hours at a time.

Tip #1
If you can bring a passenger, do so.
My first couple years of school, I drove by myself almost every time. Now that my boyfriend lives here as well, we get to make the journey home together. Having a car buddy definitely makes the journey more fun and time passes by much more quickly. If you have a rather long trip, you can take turns driving as well.
(On the contrary, though, I do think it's nice to take a long drive by yourself once in a while. It gives you a chance to clear your head and enjoy the music and breeze.)

Tip #2
Pack snacks, and fuel up beforehand.
 This may seem obvious, but I've had times where I was so eager to just get home that I forgot about the necessities. Sometimes I'll spend so much time making sure I have everything for the weekend, that I forget about the trip itself. Making sure you have gas beforehand will prevent stops along the way. I always make sure to have some water and/ or coffee and treat for the drive as well.

Tip #3
When you're driving through different cities, often times the radio stations will change. Unless you feel like listening to NPR the entire drive (not always a terrible thing), you should make sure you have some backup music. I always make sure I have my car charger so I can listen to my iPhone in the car. My favorites for the road as of late are Ellie Goulding and Bon Iver. 

Happy driving!
Let me know if you have any tips of your own for trips home.

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