Road trips can either be one of the best times of your life, or one of the worst. Being stuck in a car with your friends for hours at a time can be one of the best ways to travel to your next music festival. Why take a flight when you can make a cross-country trip to go to Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, Electric Daisy Carnival or Ultra Music Festival. Here are our 14 recommendations on how to make your road trip all the better.
1. Make a plan
Knowing where you are going and what stops to make can be a lifesaver. Plan out the hotels you're going to need before hand or at least once you are on the road. If you've got time, plan out the cities you'll sleep in each night before setting off.
2. Make reservations through HotelTonight for cheap deals.
HotelTonight is an app for the iPhone, Android and iPad which allows you to find last minute deals on great hotels. This can potentially save you a lot of money on your road trip.
3. Oil Change and car check-up
If you're going to put your car on a long road trip, we recommend making sure everything is in check before hitting the roads.
5. Bring your iPod
Even though most people prefer streaming music these days, we recommend a pre-made playlist on your iPod. What's going to happen to your music once you lose service in an isolated area? Here are some playlists we recommend downloading to hold you over.
6. Bring a portable car jump starter
Don't depend on someone else when needing to jump start your car, this portable car jump starter is a lifesaver. Take a look at the PowerAll PBJS120000R on Amazon.
7. Bring booze for the trunk
While we are not saying booze up while you're driving, we recommend having some spare beers in your trunk when you settle down for the night.
8. Spare tire
Have a spare tire on hand, just in case anything goes wrong. Also print out this guide on how to change a tire. If you're still not convinced, make sure you at least have AAA.
9. Practice making new friends
Some of the best experiences you'll have is when you decide to branch out and make new friends. This isn't always the easiest thing to do though. We recommend practicing how to make small talk with strangers.
10. Bring cash for tolls
Unless you're living in Southern California, most tolls are not cash-less. We recommend bringing some extra change and cash to pay for the tolls.
11. Find the lowest gas prices
Save money on your trip, we recommend FuelMyRoute.com to find the lowest prices on gas during your road trip.
12. Know which side the exit is on
13. Bring a spare car key
We can't tell you how many people have lost their keys while being at a festival, just because that number is so high. Bring a spare key and keep it hidden.
14. Take pictures
Take pictures and share your road trip pictures for everyone to see.