When it comes to traveling, many people have certain things they MUST take with them. Some people will always take a good book to read, others will not leave without a laptop, and I know a few who always have a certain knickknack that go with them on their travels. I recall one time seeing a group of friends that had a mutual stuffed animal. Whenever one of the friends traveled, the animal would travel with them. I began thinking of my must-have items for when I travel and what really helps define where my adventures go.
Here are my 5 recommendations for road trips.
Road Map: Of course, the first on the list is a road map. I know that today most everybody has a smart phone where they plug in a destination and hit go. I however still enjoy the feel of a map in my hands. It’s like an eye opener to how big the world really is and how much I still have to explore. Along with a map, I also have possible destinations marked. I may not always have a set itinerary, but I do always have various options of things to do.
Another thing…with a map, the only person to blame is the person giving directions (cough cough…Adam). With a phone, you can blame google maps or mapquest or whatever app you may have.
Food: This one is a no-brainer. Food is ALWAYS an essential. The selection ultimately comes to the individual but for me this includes a few things: bread, peanut butter, jelly, cliff bars, sour worms, water and red-bull. If I have room, milk and Raisin Bran Crunch are always a plus. This stuff is simple and easy, can’t beat that.
Music: Let’s face it, music makes pretty much everything better. There are always times for silence but when on a road trip, and that right song comes on at the right time… nothing is better. I feel like a lot of life’s “movie moments” have that right song playing in the background. For my music I take my Zune everywhere and always have it loaded with whatever I’m currently listening to, along with a few new artists or albums to become familiar with.
Camera: Whether a picture camera or a video camera every trip should have one included. This can capture certain places and moments and bring you back to them later in life. I’ve had plenty of moments when I find myself saying, “I wish I had my camera with me.” Having one solves that problem and allows for the adventure and story to be relived later. I mean, who doesn’t love looking at old videos and pictures?
Longboard: Haha, for anybody that knows me, you knew this was coming. My longboard is one of the best investments I have ever made. I always have and most likely always will recommend one to everybody. Once you’re a proficient rider you will find that it can be one of the most freeing and exhilarating ways to travel. Add some music to the mix and you’re guaranteed to become addicted. I take mine pretty much wherever I go. On my trips, if there is ever a lull, I find a good hill, put on my headphones and hop on my board. If you haven’t tried riding one, give it a shot ;) For any snowboarders out there, if you get a good enough set-up it’s literally like snowboarding down a mountain :)
There are of course plenty of other things that can be taken to add to a road trip. I was debating on adding a good read, notebook and laptop to the list. Ultimately though, these 5 are my must-haves. What are yours?
Here is a video of the Original Skateboards crew in Puerto Rico. I’ve been riding their longboard trucks for years and have yet to come across anything better. Hoping that I can meet and interview these guys some day.