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The Long Drive Survival Guide

Posted on April 23, 2014

It was a cold Saturday night in Tallahassee, FL. The whole group got together  to get ready for a party that started around midnight. It was a 21st birthday; you know the drill. There were five of us sitting around a table, complete with drinks and inside jokes. That’s when “Operation Bourbon Street” began to unfold.

Everyone deserves an  amazing birthday, right? And by now, we all know where this is going. We were on the road to New Orleans by 3am.

We arrived at 7am Sunday, just in time to grab some breakfast. We spent the entire day walking the NOLA streets sharing drinks and dancing with locals. Then it was back to Tallahassee in time for Monday classes.

Sometimes life demands distance traveled. Whether you’re just craving a change of scenery or traveling transcontinental for the holidays, life on the highway can get a little rough. As veterans of distance traveled over miles of classic blacktop, those of us at TravelBIG have put together a Long Drive Survival Guide.

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DO: Pack a thorough snack bag.

Cover all the grounds, from carrot sticks to cookies. This is not in case you break down miles away from civilization; this is mainly to defeat boredom. You’re probably not going to get all that hungry just sitting in a confined space for days at a time, but you will inevitably be lacking things to do. Enter food.

DON’T: Listen to talk radio.

In fact, don’t even mess with the radio at all. You’re going too fast and too far to stay tuned in to one station for more than about 20 minutes, so unless you’re into static, forgo the entire system. Burn mix tapes instead. Obviously. That’s the stuff you can sing to.

DO: Take the Scenic Route.

I’ve driven North to South and South to North, through the mountains, the deserts, and everything in between too many times without stopping. If you see a sign for “scenic overlook”, just do it. Stretching your legs will be worth it in the end, not to mention the view.

DON’T: Worry.

You’re ’91 Honda Civic was designed to survive the apocalypse; 2,000 miles won’t even leave a scratch. Cars are meant to be driven. So the best thing you can do is put your worries to rest and hit the road. If you do break down in the middle of a mountain pass (miles away from the nearest town and the snow just keeps coming…) hey, at least you have the snack pack.

By  Roberto Garcia & Lindsey Singer