I took my first long road trip when I decided to drive through the Rocky Mountains to get to Edmonton, Alberta from Vancouver, British Columbia. They say the drive to Alberta is beautiful regardless of the duration, however, I wasn’t a personal fan of driving on my own. Driving alone for more than 12 hours can be exhausting mentally and physically especially when you plan on driving through straight.
So here are some tips from my own adventure to help you get through your long drive.
Fill up on some good tunes
Who else is with me when I say music can easily turn any situation into a great one? I like to fill up my iPod with different types of music. It can easily range from 90s pop music (which I love to sing along to), Hip-hop to slow R&B music. I find enjoyment just rocking out to my own tunes, in my own car and just surround myself with the amazing scenery.
Lately, I’ve been into trying to fill up my iPod with some podcasts as well incase I needed some inspirational vibes or if I need to catch up on some self-learning.
Bring a friend
If music doesn’t do justice, you can always find someone to be your +1. Mind you, having someone for that long period of time can test your patience with each other so always find a partner is compatible with you. Think about it, being stuck in a confined area for over 12 hours can do a lot of stain on the relationship you may have with that person.
You also need someone to be comfortable with how you drive. On the other hand, that extra set of eyes can also help if you need a break being behind the wheel or even if you need some photos to be taken. You can even get that person to help feed you while you’re driving.
Bring some snacks along the way
I’m not sure about you, but I love food. Even if I was to munch out on some chips or sip on something to drink, it makes the drive a little easier to deal with. I find myself getting too grumpy if I run on an empty stomach with miles to go to the next food stop. My favorite is the Boom Chicka Pop popcorn brand as it’s super easy to bring around and also addicting.
If you really wanted to, you can even prepare yourself meal plans in Tupperware and eat somewhere along the lake or at a rest stop which brings me to my next point…
Plan out your route
Figure out the best way to get to point A to B while still being able to enjoy the drive. I personally asked around what the best scenic drive would be going from Vancouver to Edmonton and wrote down all the recommendations and decided to choose one based on what I want to see.
If you were looking to drive a little longer, you can even decide on the best route based on any locations you wanted to stop by and check out. Along the Rockies, you’d be amazed at the different areas of where you can take a quick breather and appreciate mother nature. With the rise of technology, you can even use different types of apps to locate the best place to stay for the night, mom and pop restaurants to try out or if you’re super adventurous where to camp out for the night.
There’s so many pits stops along the way through the Rocky Mountains that it’s worth taking that 20 min break or even staying overnight. I find that if I take that extra time to enjoy mother nature and its surroundings it helps me reflect on myself and pull myself together.
This is one of the main reasons why I do travel, whether it be on the road or through flight – just the idea of getting away from everything to recollect yourself gives you a better understanding of who you are so by the time you get back to your regular hustler life, you have a peace of mind.
Ever since I could remember, taking trips has always given me that excitement in absorbing myself in a different environment. I find that we are so consumed with the everyday life of trying to pay the bills, getting our ‘to-do’ lists in check and with technology that we often forget what’s right in front of us. Once you allow yourself to disconnect and be mesmerized with your surroundings, the most you understand yourself better.
If you don’t believe me, why don’t you do it yourself?
Cotopaxi is actually hiring someone to be their Field Marketing Specialist. Mind you, my adventure may have lasted for a little over 12 hours but imagine being able to do visit major cities in U.S., share your adventure and get paid for it. The best part is that Cotopaxi is a company that also gives back to the community. They not only create great outdoor products, like these backpacks, but they help alleviate poverty and try to inspire people to do good and create great adventures.
Bring your spouse or your furry friend and let me know if you applied! I would love to read your adventures!