How to make the most of your road trip ?

Road trip rhymes with freedom, wind in your hair and freedom feel... It's a fabulous way to explore a country, from places to places, meeting the locals on the road and enjoying the scenic roads. Sit back and relax, it's time to make the most of your road trip!

The Road Trip essentials

the traveller's playlist

The music must fit with the scenery. Otherwise there's no point going on a road trip -it's as important than having the car. So of course, it's N°1 on the list. I've been struggling to prepare my playlist earlier for my trip in Australia. So here it is! 

Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
Everything's Gonna Be Undone - Band Of Horses
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Welcome Home, Son - Radical Face
The Passenger - Iggy Pop
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles
Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Paper Aeroplane - Angus & Julia Stone
Mud On the Tires - Brad Paisley

74-75 - The Connels
American Dream - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Ways to Go - Grouplove
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Where the streets Have No Name - U2
Save Tonight - Eagles
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
I’m Gonna Be – The Proclaimers
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Santeria - Sublime
Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp

The Lonely Fugitive - Merle Haggard


the zitch dog game

You road trip might be as fantastic as possible, once you'll be done with the karaoke on your traveller's playlist, time will start to slow down... Don't fall a sleep!

Have you ever played to Zitch Dog? Simple: each time a passenger sees a dog in another car, that player yells, “Zitch Dog”. If the dog sighting is confirmed by other passengers, the player receives a point. Keep this going throughout the entire road trip and at the end of the car ride, the player with the most “Zitch Dog” is the winner. 

Road Trip Illustration - VW Van

The photo series

PHoto ©Oleg Grigoryev

PHoto ©Oleg Grigoryev

It can be anything. From sunsets pictures to signs, drinks, gas stations, roads, feet. Each time you find one, your collection grows. It's a good way to keep you alert on the road, to see the things differently. Everyday, you have a mission -you're a photo hunter!

On top of that, you'll bring a truly original photo series from your trip, like the Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev did with his 'Morning Views From The Tent' series. I've started a collection of benches pictures in 2012. It's been 3 years, and the collection is getting wider and wider. I like the idea to find a thing that gather all my trips together.


THE EMERGENCY KIT

Depending of the country where you head to, the emergencies can be different. But trust me, something you have to keep in this kit is a box of cookies -oh, yeah. In New Zealand for instance, you can ride for hours without crossing any sign of life. And when it's lunch time well...

Plus a basic first aid kit including kid friendly medications, 1-2 gallons of water, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, flashlight, blanket and a notebook with a list of emergency contact informations, insurance informations. 


Road Trip - Nap in the van

Preparing yourself is part of the trip, yesss. But aren't you gonna feel too excited, impatient, counting the days before the D day? Here are some movies to inspire you while waiting: Little Miss Sunshine, Into the Wild, One Week, Motorcycles Diaries, Thelma & Louise, On the Road, The World's Fastest Indian -it should help you to remain calm for a while.

What about you, what would be your musts for a worthwhile road trip?