Happy Tuesday everyone! For those of you who were out and about this St. Patrick’s day, you know how lovely the weather was. 50 degrees and sunny in Wisconsin means that everyone brings out their lawn chairs and will soak up every possible minute of sunshine there is to offer. The bummer though, is that just three days later, we are back to our normal 30 degrees and cloudy weather. Wahoo. The only thing that is pulling me through this dreary climate is the road trip coming up in just 9 short days.
Trappin’ down to Florida via compact car is something my family is proud of and could probably list on their professional resumés. As small children, my sister and I looked forward to the ride. But now that we are full grown adults, emphasis on full grown, we are constantly looking for ways to make the ride much more bearable.
With 16 hours of driving ahead of us, it is important to turn to a variety of different forms of that good, good entertainment. For those of you who have ever spent more than 6 hours in a car know that the rides can potentially result in pure and utter boredom. This list will help to assist in avoiding those road trip scaries and will hopefully help to make your trip fly by.
For those of you are like me, you can turn to music and immediately be entertained for hours. The key to this, though, is to switch up genres throughout the trip otherwise you’ll either grow tired of certain songs or your brain will literally explode from listening to hours and hours of similar sounding noise.
Below, I’ll list my favorite playlists that help me to get through some pretty boring road trips. (Anyone who has every driven through Indiana understands this teeth pulling pain.)
Take Me Back to the 2000s
This playlist is full of pop/punk nostalgia from the early 2000s. It includes songs that will make you want to whip out your hairbrush microphone and dance around. This playlist includes Fall Out Boy, Good Charolette, and Boys Like Girls. Please enjoy the near 2 hours of music that will take you back to your angsty days.
Fo realz, it is crucial to stay awake while driving long hours. This playlist is made up of energetic, upbeat tunes that will make you want to car dance your pants off. It includes artists such as the Chainsmokers, ODESZA, and Flume. The techno beats and ~fun feelz~ will keep your brain awake during your trip.
If you’d like to check out more of my playlists, check me out on Spotify by searching “Erica Kalberer”
Reading, honestly, is not my favorite thing to do but when I find a really good book, I cannot put it down until it is done. Road trips are my preferred time to read because I am forced to entertain myself and I will do anything to make the trip seem much shorter.
If you’re a big reader, then you can probably just skip this section because a good read is something you’d never leave home without. But if you’re a slug like me when it comes to reading, you really enjoy the evolution of hip-hop, and you are interested in how some of today’s popular music has been influenced, then boy do I have the book for you.
3 Kings by Zach O’Malley Greenburg tells the story of the three kings of hip hop: Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z. This book shows how hip hop has shifted from just a music genre to a way of life. These kings have all started their own record labels and have heavily influenced the music genre in general. This book rocks.
Honestly, if all else fails, sleeping is your best friend. Taking a small sleep aid helps me to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up with having covered a significant amount of my trip. But I mean hey, whatever works for you!
I hope this post helps you to survive the unbearable long hours in the car on your next trip! If there is anything else you’d like me to include or any other tips and tricks that you have, please leave them in the comments below. Happy travels!