Nothing gets me quite as excited or dreamy as the prospect of a roadtrip. It’s such an American tradition, connected with the nostalgia of the past and the thrill of an unknown journey. We’re still working on the logistics, but it’s possible that we’ll be going on a pretty wicked roadtrip later this year.
I love this planning stage. My mind is racing with packing lists, contingency plans, potential routes — this is the sort of thing my organizational side thrives on. I have categories for the essentials – such as AAA roadside service, a first-aid kit, tire jack, emergency money, sensible shoes and extra water – and one for the dream items, like decadent towels and a complex basket organizational system. Certain items are non-negotiable: our iPhones, for Google Maps and Yelp, a U.S. road map, and a directory of KOA sites. And of course, for any good roadtrip, an inspired soundtrack is required — with The Tallest Man and Sigur Ros for long, dreamy, indie stretches of highway, Ryan Bingham for the desert, and The Black Keys for a jolt of energy.
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What about you? Do you like roadtrips? What are your favorite routes? What are your packing essentials?