Road Trips

Road trips are still my very favorite form of travel. Road trips put you in charge of destinations and how you get there. Even hours of road travel are not boring, because the traveler is part of his surroundings, can soak up the atmosphere, can stop anywhere and in no time strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger. A road trip allows you to imagine what it would be like to live in any number of regions. Stopping at local diners very quickly makes you feel like one of the locals as well. I’ll never forget the waitress in a restaurant called ‘Cousins’ telling me, “Eat your peas, cousin!”

Packing for a road trip is determined somewhat by whether you fly somewhere first and then use a rental car, or else drive all the way from home. The last is easiest, because packing everything you purchase along the way for the return flight home is not an issue. If airline travel is part of the plan, extra space for purchased gifts and mementos must be planned for in advance.
For the road trip part of the excursion, just as for a lengthy airline flight, I always pack a rolling carry on case. If a stop is planned only for one night, a change of underwear and socks is often sufficient plus the toiletries and may be a fresh T-shirt. On a road trip you also don’t have to be concerned about the size of toiletry containers. Since the old Motel with parking directly in front is not the norm anymore, a carry on case is always great for overnight.

Road trips allow you to learn as much or as little as you want about the history and culture of any given region. I have seen professional musical productions along the way but also have fond memories of a college production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, as well as a high school performance of ‘Annie get your Gun.’ On a road trip a simple garment bag can hold a few things for dressier events so you won’t feel out of place.

Should your road trip take place in Europe, you must also be prepared for not being able to drive your vehicle right up to the hotel due to their love for traffic free zones. You may in fact have to push, pull, carry your luggage for blocks sometimes. On long driving holidays in Europe we have found it very convenient to line our trunk with boxes, which kept socks, underwear, t-shirts etc. separate. The Europeans have collapsible ones made of heavy duty plastic, which they use for shopping trips. Keeping our belongings in such boxes enabled us to quickly pack a carry on bag with just the necessities for one night. Sure beats ‘schlepping’ everything or rummaging through all your bags.

The right luggage and a little bit of planning and foresight can make a huge difference in whether you truly enjoy your trip or not.

No comments:

Post a Comment

More wished for products in travel accessories