Summer is a season of wanderlust and exploration. You truly never know what’s beyond the treeline or exit sign. While you are out on the open road, whether with family or friends, there are always a few things you need to have to make you comfortable. Rock stars call them riders, we road trip warriors simply call them essentials.
Now, if you’ve ever visited Antique Archaeology, in Nashville, chances are you’ve heard a few of the employees singing while they work. That’s because most of them are musicians. (Gasp! Musicians working in Music City USA…) Since the employees are all well-seasoned travelers often out touring and playing shows when they’re not in the shop, we thought we’d ask them what classifies as a road trip essential for them while on the open road. Of course, Mike has a little experience on the road as well and shares his most important essentials too.
Here’s what everyone had to say.
Lauren, manager: “I like to mix classy with country… Perrier and corn nuts. We will definitely be chompin’ and swiggin’ on those if you hit the highway with me.”
Meghan, art director: “I am going to go with Mad Libs. As one of the resident parents representing here, this is an essential to keep the whining kiddos entertained in the car for at least 15 minutes, and is actually funny for mom and/or dad too.”
Matt, manager: “Squished peanut butter sandwiches, raisins that were definitely grapes last week, melted chocolate licked off your jeans.”
Lillie, sales + local musician: “My road trip essentials would be full length Fleetwood Mac albums on repeat and an endless supply of Reese’s Cups.”
Kat, sales + local musician: “I’m also going to stay classy and say toilet paper. You never know when you need to go! Road tip: Open both your passenger front door and passenger back door so you squat in the middle without anyone seeing! Plus you can lean against the car if you have weak quads!”
Sarah, marketing assistant: “I always end up on road trips with multiple cars, so there is always a set of walkie talkies complete with corresponding code names. I swear by ‘would you rather’ cards. One of the fastest ways to pass time and bond in the small space. Coffee, camera, clean socks.”
Dave, pick manager: “The most important thing to have with me when out on the road is some extra time. It’s important to talk to people in new places and find out the best places to eat, visit, see, ect. Getting off the beaten path is a must! Also, always have snacks and a minimum of one AC/DC album”
Shelbi, sales + local musician: “Well, one of my must have road trip items is Big League Chew bubble gum. Also, for about the last three years or so I haven’t gone on a road trip without having Vülfpeck’s discography on repeat, more importantly “My First Car” and more recently “Thrill of the Arts.” I also always buy a disposable camera on any road trip. Phones are cool but there’s something nostalgically touristy about disposable cameras.”
And Of Course….
Mike: “In all my years on the open road, I’ve seen many changes in scenery, technology, and vehicles, but what never changes is the need for good music. A great melody, relatable lyrics and killer guitar riffs set the mood, and are the soundtrack to the stories we create on every adventure. Whatever style of music keeps you going, take it with you wherever you go. Check out some of the playlists we have made to keep you company behind the wheel.”
Tell us your back road essentials in the comments below. Happy trails out there!
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