A road trip can be many things: stimulating, tiresome, soothing, nerve wracking, etc. Ultimately, the journey is what you make of it. Though what’s bound to occur could be unpredictable, there are ways to make a road trip very sustainable.

I’ve compiled a set of Do’s and Don’ts while traveling on the road. It’s a combination of “Road Trip Etiquette” and my suggestions towards being more comfortable and not dying of boredom.

DO have some icebreakers or games to play…
To make the trip more entertaining, engage in conversation with your travel companions or play games like, “I Spy”, Concentration, I Have Never, or anything else that comes to mind.

DON’T travel in a compact car…
Traveling in a small car can be pure hell! It will be a lack of physical comfort and there’s no such thing as personal space, especially while riding in a backseat. To avoid aches and stiffness, big body cars or SUVs are the way to go.

DO create multiple music playlists…
Music makes it so much easier to cope with a long car ride. By multiple playlists, you want a variety of music selections to cater to whatever you’re in the mood for. My playlist categories range from rap artists like, Big Krit, Yo Gotti, and Kendrick Lamar, for when I’m feeling hype to R&B/Soul artists like, Lauren Hill, Sade, and Erykah Badu, for when I’m in my feelings.

DON’T be that person with no gas money…
This is by far the most vital rule in regards to “Road Trip Etiquette.” You are not allowed to step foot inside or even look at the car if you don’t intend on providing gas money.

DO bring a set of headphones…
There will be those dead silent moments on the road and that’s when your headphones will come in handy. Sit back with them in tack and drift off into your own little world listening to your favorite jams.

DON’T have a bad attitude…
No negativity whatsoever is allowed on the road. Leave behind all of your issues and complaints. This is your opportunity to be free and live it up. Don’t be a killjoy!

DO everyone a favor by bringing extra snacks…
You’d be the real MVP! Who doesn’t love extra snacks? Plus, you wouldn’t have to make as many pit stops to buy food.

DON’T try to be cute…
Forget about how your hair looks, the make-up, and choosing the right outfit. Trust me, everyone looks ruff after riding in a car for hours, and who cares! Put on some workout clothes with a hat and call it a day.

DO use the bathroom before you hit the road…
This is probably one of the most common norms for traveling on the road. Parents have been programming their children to always use the bathroom before going anywhere. Same concept sticks even when one reaches adulthood.

DON’T be dirty…
I can’t even stress how important this rule is! Particular smells tend to overpower air-tight spaces. Especially funk! So bathe thoroughly, brush those teeth with the tongue included, wear clean clothes, and don’t forget that deodorant.

DO remember to show the driver some sort of appreciation…
Remember that the driver is doing majority of the work. At least you can do is express your gratitude. Buy them some food, stay awake with them on those late night trips, or offer to drive for a bit when they become restless.

DON’T sleep the entire time…
I will admit, it only takes 10 minutes of riding in a car for me to fall into a deep sleep. I just a person that loves taking naps! But I’ve missed out on quite a number of eventful moments because of my “carcolepsy.” While on the road there will be some pretty cool sites to see ahead, such as, state boarders, local attractions, and off course gorgeous sunrises or sunsets.

DO use this free time to reflect…
The road can be rather peaceful, which makes it the perfect moment to collect thoughts and do some self-reevaluating. Are you truly happy with your life? This is the time to be real with yourself, figure out the answers to your problems, and ways to improve on your current situation.

DON’T forget to enjoy the journey…
This will be another new experience for you; be excited! Make it your mission to not come back home without a great story to tell.

Well I hope you all find this helpful and/or amusing.

God Bless 🙂

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