It’s almost here! The road trip we have been talking about, planning for and dreaming of for months.
Honestly, I’m still pinching myself that we are really going. This trip is a thrift-a-holic, vintage hoarders dream come true. We will be traveling through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona, visiting friends and family along the way and filling our car to capacity with vintage clothes and other can’t-leave-it behind treasures!
Steve and I have been married for 33 years. We have done a lot of traveling, with and without kids (mainly with). But the last time we took a real bona-fide road trip together, without children, for more than a day or two was the year after we were married.
There we are – young and innocent and oh, so clueless!
It was spring of 1982. We traveled from Clearwater, Florida to Orange County, California in an old U-Haul truck. The heat was brutal, the truck was NOT air conditioned, the seats were vinyl and nothing about that truck was automatic – simply put, it was a beast of a thing to drive.
Things started off well enough, in spite of the stifling heat, but somewhere in the middle of Texas (I swear we drove through Texas for a week!), Steve got heat stroke and I ended up driving that hulk of a truck in the 100+ degrees heat through the rest of Texas, New Mexico and into Arizona.
Well, we survived the trip and, an even greater miracle, we survived 33 years of marriage, which is WAY harder than any road trip from hell!
This time, we’re leaving the U-Haul behind, we’ve checked and double-checked the A/C and we’re tempting fate and the strength of our marriage by heading off on a three-week adventure.
Want to follow along on our sure-to-be-hilarious, possibly drama-filled road trip through the Southwest? Head over to our Instagram and Twitter feeds and follow us there. We will be tweeting and sharing photos, travel tips, mishaps and of course, all the amazing vintage finds that I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on!
Also, there just may be (hint, hint) a contest or two where you will have a chance to win some amazing vintage treasures from our trip. Just sayin’.
As we pack for our adventure, I put together my Top 10 Must-Have Road Trip Essentials.
1. My pillow from home.
For real – the older I get, the more desperately I need my own pillow. Don’t judge.
We always pack healthy go-to snacks like nuts and fruit plus a little somethin’ somethin’ that’s not-so-healthy. In such close quarters, you need to make sure nobody gets hangry!
3. Earphones. A pair for you and a pair for me!
There are so many reasons that earphones are a must. In fact, I believe that they are one of the essentials for a healthy marriage. Period.
Different musical tastes – check!
Need some ‘alone time’ – check!
Husband Spouse snores – check!
4. Music playlists and podcasts or audiobooks – variety is key.
I definitely hear some classic rock, a little bit of Aretha and some Justin Timberlake happening, with a smidge of classical music for those moments on the road when the atmosphere gets intense.
Lately I have become obsessed with podcasts. I listen to them on my way to and from work. My favorites right now are After the Jump with Grace Bonney, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and This American Life. Also, the Bible Gateway app is great for daily devotions.
5. Travel coffee mugs and water bottles.
Pet peeve – a car filled with trash and empty water bottles. Plus, it’s the least we can do for the environment, considering all the fossil fuel we will be burning.
6. Paper road map.
We popped by our local AAA Travel Store and picked up some old-fashioned paper maps.
Remember these, kids? Kind of nostalgic and also, great for those spots when local mobile phone service may be less than stellar.
7. Sunglasses, reading glasses and spares of both. Because, duh.
8. Travel apps and websites.
I seriously can’t live without Yelp. Okay, that may be a bit dramatic but I do rely on Yelp to help me find local eats, great thrift store shopping and a decent cup of coffee.
Steve had the forethought to download a weather alert app. Since we’re driving through Tornado Alley, we thought it would be nice to have a warning before we drive right into the eye of an F-4 tornado.
9. A sense of adventure.
You have to check out the website www.roadsideamerica – dedicated to the weird, wonderful and bizarre roadside attractions across the United States. A road trip is not complete if you never stop to see a giant ball of twine, an underground salt museum or the grave of Billy the Kid. God bless ‘merica!
10. A sense of humor. Please see above.
A sense of humor is your best friend when you run out of gas, get lost, become annoyed at your travel partner’s music selection, can’t find a cup of coffee to save your life or just get tired of the endless miles.
Be sure to join us on our adventure and let us know, what are your travel essentials?
Oh, yeah. One more thing. Baggy pants. Gotta wear some comfy, baggy pants.