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Road Trippin'

Leslie is freshly back from a Road Trip in this retro summer (see previous episode), and both Ryan and Leslie did them as kids.  We talk about how to effectively prepare for a road trip. It sounds simple, but there is more to consider than it seems to ensure a great experience for everyone.  Plus, we take a fun trip down memory lane.

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EP-30 Road Trippin'Life Admin
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Show Notes


Set the table

One of the many impacts of Covid-19 is a revival of road tripping. Air is kinda out. International is definitely out. Local trips in big cars are back in. 


Segment 1: Planning your trip

  • Where do you want to go? A destination or is the trip the destination?

  • How many days do you have? How many days do you need?

  • Loosely plan pit stops, remembering state welcome centers and rest stops. How often you need them will depend on ages and stages of people on the trip. In general though, three hours is hard on the driver’s buttocks. 

  • If working, plan your wifi, either with a portable link or with hotel stops. 

  • If RVing or camping, need reservations for parks. Hotels are pretty empty now, so can drive up. 

  • Bring your masks. 


Segment 2: Packing 

  • Remember, you need space, comfortable space, for people and luggage, and perhaps pets

  • Snacks. Not all sugar for obvious reasons. Not tons of drinks for other obvious reasons. Make them easy to access. 

  • Charging for devices


Segment 3: Rentals and loose bits

  • If renting an RV, it’s kinda like having a boat. Lots of parts to consider. Power, sewage, potable water… Rental agreements often have daily allowances on these. It’s expensive to bust those. 

  • RVs and trailers require some drive skills and map planning

  • Car rentals: beware of toll tag fees and insurance 

  • Set car rules before starting. Think, who can lay down and for how long on the back row or who controls the a/c. When are windows allowed down. Think about the stuff your kids might argue about and preempt it. 

  • If have a display option, do the progress map. 

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