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Resident friends headed out on a road trip from Sedona Ranch in Odessa, Texas

How to Take a Good Ole-Fashioned Road Trip This Summer


There is something special about summer and the open road. Taking a road trip is both nostalgic for years past and exciting for the adventures that lie ahead. And this summer seems perfect for a road trip – gas is cheap, traffic is light, and scenic drives are easy to find. To execute the perfect trip, here are a few tips to follow.

Plan Ahead

It’s good to have a plan. Figuring out your destination and your route helps you know what the weather will be like, your options for staying overnight, and the scenic overlooks you’ll want to visit.

Clean the Car

First off, start with a clean car. This way you’ll have room to keep your stuff organized for easy access.

Stay Organized

Keeping things organized and in a spot designated for easy access will make stopping for overnight stays or snapping pictures of an epic sunset a breeze. Consider using baskets with sturdy sides to help keep things together – like sunscreen and water bottles, or maps and camera gear.

Pack Healthy Snacks

Road trips are about feeling good and happy vibes, which means opting to fuel up with healthy calories. While you can still treat yourself, ensure you always have fresh veggies and fruits within easy reach.

Pack Light

Let’s face it. Traveling by car doesn’t require a lot of anything. Comfortable clothing that is up for whatever, a warm fleece for cool evenings, your fave flip-flops for drive time, and sneakers for roadside surprise hikes are about all you need.

Keep It Loose

While we started off with the idea that planning is a good idea, we mean it but we also think you should build plenty of time into your schedule for serendipitous moments. The type of unexpected explorations like a national monument you’ve never been to, a trail that leads to a spectacular waterfall, or a tucked-away hot spring no one knows is there.

Drive the Backroads

Opting to travel the backroads to your destination offers the chance to experience the pace of life the locals live. You’ll appreciate the authenticity of the people you meet and the chance to slow down, even if it’s just an afternoon.

Road trips are your opportunity to enjoy life a little more, sing like no one is listening, and experience the beauty in everyday moments. Bottom line: Be open to adventure and travel safely.

Check out the Sedona Ranch blog for ideas on more fun things to do.