Jul29 | 2010
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Essential road trip tips

Deep in the middle of the summer is a mighty fine time to grab some friends and hit the open road. You may recall that last January we did our own road trip from Nashville to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronic Show. We affectionately named our journey CES Bound.

Since it’s high season for road trippers, I thought I would ask the CES Bound crew for their road trip tips:

  • Two words… Trucker’s Arm Rest. – Jay
  • Souvenirs – always buy at least one useless souvenir every city or state you stop in. Mexican wrestling masks come highly recommended. :D – Jackie
  • Memorize a handful of absolutely horrible songs so you can annoy your fellow roadtripers. Just make sure they don’t get any video footage because this will be perfect blackmail material. – Bradley
  • Always know where your registration and insurance is, at all times. – Mark
  • Use social media to interact with your friends along the way (Jolie O’Dell has some great tips here). – Dave

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Leave us a comment with your personal road trip tip. We’ll randomly select 10 winners next Thursday (August, 5th after 12 pm Central). Good luck!

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  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney


  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    I agree 100%! “La Grange” helps too, as does “Mellow Down Easy”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIghJ7crp4g

  • the captain

    I pack four main items for all trips:
    1) extra water for everyone on board
    2) First Aid kit
    3) Sunglasses
    4) Sunblock

  • Fiza

    I remember we we went to Canada about 2 weeks ago. 15 hour drive with about 16 people in the big van. It was quite fun but we did a speeding ticket. well not my dad but my dad's friend was driving. He was going 61 on a 40 construction lane. If we had WindowsSeatFree Product we would have known what the speed limits are around here and the gps support could have helped up through iPhone/iPod. Well he kept on tapping the GPS and that was quite dangerous while driving. We didn't take many highways it was pretty local. but overall it was a wonderful trip and I would love to do it again except the police part.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Sounds like a fun trip. Where in Canada did you go?

  • Darius

    Never drive tired! Pull over or let your friend/family member take over the wheel when you need a break.

  • James

    Leave early in the morning and drink a large amount of coffee.

  • rsinclair

    If you can't afford a cool dash-mounting system, use velcro to attach your iPhone or iPad to the dash for use as a GPS and/or music-playing system.

  • http://twitter.com/peterwiklund Peter Wiklund

    night road trip tip: have your passenger keep an eye out for deer, and instead of saying “oh oh oh there is a deer over there” just say “deer”, otherwise by the time you get the first comment out it can be too late.

  • http://www.chriswestergaard.com Chris W.

    With two small children under 5, we keep plenty of easy snacks / juice in the passenger area, fully stocked diaper bag with extra plastic bags to contain 'used' diapers, plenty of toys and kids music on the car's iPod. Luckily, our girls tend to sleep easily in the car, so we occasionally get to listen to adult music, though at a very low volume.

  • http://jaxn.org Jackson Miller

    When traveling with kids, go to the dollar store and buy a small present for every hour of the road trip. Wrap the presents and let them pick one gift every hour on the hour. A 10 hour road trip costs you $10 per kid, but it gives them something to look forward to for every stage of the trip.

    Don't forget to buy presents for the way back. And since you are traveling with kids, be sure to buy a few extra since delays are likely.

  • http://twitter.com/GABBYiSACTiVE GABBY iS ACTIVE™

    pack plenty of bottled waters and crystal light packets in various flavors to turn plain ol' water into delicious teas and juice drinks!

  • http://www.marthakelly.com Martha

    Road Trip Tip: ALWAYS have a camera (or iPhone). That way you can document the bus load of 100 manpri and baret wearing Frenchmen sightseeing at the Bagdad Cafe in the middle of the desert. Otherwise no one will believe you!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/therealjeremydewey Jeremy Dewey

    Power inverter!!

  • http://twitter.com/nthn_thms Nathan Thomas

    never drive in unfamiliar territory without and ipad mounted to the dash running trapster.

  • Rhazelrigg

    I recently had a road trip to North Jersey where I show'd off my Elan Passport Wallet for iPhone 4 to some executives at a major clothing retailer. The retailer loved your product so much they are going to start selling them in their stores…

  • georgeangelo

    Road trip tip: In an hour-long car ride, don't ever debate your Italian uncle's recipe for chicken cutlets.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    I LOVE happy endings! Thanks for this.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    A picture or it didn't happen, right? Great call Martha. Thanks.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Thanks a great idea for those 14 hour drives to Toronto. Yikes! :) Thanks Jackson.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Should I shamelessly promote MyPhones here? :) http://myphoneskids.com/
    I have two under 5 as well, so I understand completely. Thanks Chris!

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Good tip Peter. Thanks.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Or WindowSeat (shameless plug!) :)

  • http://twitter.com/christiereid Christie Reid

    Always know where the clean bathrooms are along the way.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    Words of wisdom :)

  • http://www.chriswestergaard.com Chris W.

    Since our 23 mo. old wants everything her older sister has, I'm not sure we're ready for the MyPhones yet, but I'm all for giving everyone their own music in the car. Thanks for showing me (yet another) great Griffin product.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    I can understand. No worries. Cheers Chris.

  • http://twitter.com/TimsTechBlog Tim Williams

    Davids BBQ Sunflower seeds. Must have.

  • http://twitter.com/bryzeefbaby bryana medina

    Be a good co-pilot – stay awake and talk to the driver

  • http://twitter.com/mrbigdubya Warren Toland

    When roadtripping with the kids: make sure you have enough movies available that you can tolerate over and over – there’s nothing worse than being stuck with Dora or Diego for those long trips.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.epstein Steven Epstein

    go to the bathroom before you leave. I hate stopping!!! Make sure you have sirius radio blasting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698595110 Cassondra Monique

    Road Trip Tip: Be nice to truckers, they have the original on-the-go social networking medium and can make your road tripping life miserable!

  • http://twitter.com/vmsweet123 Vanessa Diaz

    For some reason me and road trips always equal dram! with a capital D. Took a road trip to Washington got lost for 6 hours. Took a road trip to Las Vegas and we weren’t even on the road for 15 minutes when we got pulled over by highway patrol who gave us a 500 dollar ticket. Something always happens when I take a road trip! but dang it I’m not going to stop taking em! I’m sure the WindowSeat HandsFree can help me with not getting lost cause it can turn your iphone into a GPS! awesome! thanks for the chance! following at twitter @vmsweet123

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6201570 Miki Ballard

    Always carry spare batteries for your camera, never know when you might find that perfect shot!

  • Goose2460

    Never leave without enough music to last you there and back :-)

  • Anthony Cheung

    Always make sure there is more than 1 licensed driver in the car! Having the sole driver get either fatigued/bored/cranky, or a combination of those, does NOT make a good road trip!

  • Stephan

    After taking the month of June off and traveling the south and west, I have many. Top three are:

    1) Stop every few hours. We visited 12 Nat’l Parks in 20 days, hit numerous landmarks, and learned a lot along the way.

    2) Look out the window once in a while. We have a very beautiful country!

    3) Get local recommendations for eating. Mom & Pop places have amazing food. And never be nervous to try something new.

    One more:

    4) We had a few CDs and three iPods. A variety of tunes is important.

  • jjudy05

    Leave the kids at home ; ) jk

    My tip would be to have plenty of good snacks and activites onboard.

  • Rick15jk

    Don’t take the kids

  • http://twitter.com/PDAdams Paul Adams

    Green means “drive fast,” yellow means “drive faster,” and red means “you should’ve driven faster.”

  • Chance

    Next road trip? It’s probably going to be to Houston, for business reasons, if fun ones!

  • Z Noras

    The best way to arrive on time is to get up early :)

  • Chance

    Oh, road trip TIP. I misread the post! I always make my road trips at times that have me passing through major cities at night, whenever I can. If you don't know the traffic patterns of a given area, that's an easy way of giving yourself the best possible odds.

  • Ashweb

    If your child is still within the window of 6 months before, during or after being potty trained, it's okay to put Pull-ups on him/her and yell, “Just GO already in your Pull-up!” when he/she cries wolf from the back seat.

  • http://www.griffintechnology.com/connect Dave Delaney

    10-4 good buddy! :)

  • http://twitter.com/nerdninja Bob Loncaric

    A portable DVD player and plenty of Blues Clues discs make for a happy 2 year old on a car trip

  • AdamS

    Ask a CC company for a number that you can use while overseas.

  • Madalena

    Planning in advance where to stop and rest can be very beneficial. Abrupt stops usually end up costing more than expected.

  • http://twitter.com/AppleNTech Frezkee

    Top Tip I can give: Although you would like to get to your destination as fast as possible, do not forget to take breaks to circulate your body's blood flow.

  • J. P.

    Driving alone, it's imperative to have lots of good stuff to listen to and to eat and drink–and the willingness to just pull over and rest whenever needed for safety. When I did a 12+ hour one day drive in 1995, I did not have a cell phone, so I didn't have the option of being able to continuously talk to people as I might today if I were doing the same thing.

    My dad and I did a 3,000 mile trip in a big rental truck in three days in 2007 and I still remember it as a good experience precisely because we had each other to share the driving and conversation.