DriveSafe 22 Road Trips

How does $250 and BlueTrip Aux sound?

Last year many of you submitted your tips for road trips. We collected more than 150 amazing road trip tips!

Since we’re experienced roadtrippers, we have created a collection of 22 road trip tips, some from us and some from you.

All of this is brought to you by our DriveSafe line of products and free DriveSafe app that helps you learn the hands-free laws, locate restaurants and more. Download it here.

Enter to win a $250 pre-paid credit card with BlueTrip Aux!

In addition to our tips, we’re giving away a couple of things that any potential road warrior would love: 1 (of 2) pre-paid $250 credit cards and 1 (of 2) BlueTrip Aux that lets you play music and talk handsfree with your iPhone or any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

To enter leave us a comment with your own road trip tip. Be sure to include a way for us to get in touch if you win. We’ll select the winners here on August 10th.

Terms & Conditions

Two winners will be selected at random after 12:00 PM CST, Wednesday, August 10th. One entry per person per email address. Entrants with multiple entries shall be disqualified. Entrants must be 18 years old or older.  All terms of conditions apply to pre-paid credit card. Prize includes (1) $250.00 pre-paid credit card (to be determined) and (1) BlueTrip Aux $79.99 MSRP. Total prize value approximately $330.00. All comments are briefly held for moderation.

By leaving a comment you agree to the Terms & Conditions above. Good luck!

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  • Chrisla

    Awesome prize

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

      Thanks!

      • Kagan Yochim

        Dave,
               Dude!  What is up with the picture of the road trip snacks?  Ice Cream Balls and old Cracker Jacks?  Guess I am probably going to lose the contest now.  Needed to be said!  Phew.  I feel better.

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

      Thanks!

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

      Thanks!

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

      Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stepanik Aaron Stepanik

    A tip? Always have a cellphone or a way of contact for emergencies.

  • me

    My road trip tip: Load up your ipod/mp3 player with as many songs as you can and drive hands free, with SHUFFLE on to keep things interesting. Enjoy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001673756250 Michelle Lindquist
  • me

    My road trip tip: Load up your ipod/mp3 player with as many songs as you can and drive hands free, with SHUFFLE on to keep things interesting. Enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stepanik Aaron Stepanik

    A tip? Always have a cellphone or a way of contact for emergencies.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dieburnbot dieburnbot

    My road trip tip is to carry purell or some other hand sanitized. It comes in very handy! (pun intended) :)

  • http://www.twitter.com/dieburnbot dieburnbot

    My road trip tip is to carry purell or some other hand sanitized. It comes in very handy! (pun intended) :)

  • Nicole Carter

    My best road trip tip would be to make sure you map out where the nearest bathrooms are to your desintation!
    Nicole Carter
    raventally30@aol.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathandadesho Jonathan Albert Dadesho

    Download FRESH and NEW music….! IT helps keep the drive more interesting and gives everyone in the something to talk about too. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathandadesho Jonathan Albert Dadesho

    Download FRESH and NEW music….! IT helps keep the drive more interesting and gives everyone in the something to talk about too. :)

  • Patrick

    awesome

  • Patrick

    awesome

  • Ryan Enzy

    Tunes, check. Tire pressure, check. Shades, check. Griffin multi charger, check. Let’s go!

  • Ryan Enzy

    Tunes, check. Tire pressure, check. Shades, check. Griffin multi charger, check. Let’s go!

  • Ryan Enzy

    Tunes, check. Tire pressure, check. Shades, check. Griffin multi charger, check. Let’s go!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Russell-Baylis/523125376 Russell Baylis

    Always bring some backup battery power, and/or digital device power adapters!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Russell-Baylis/523125376 Russell Baylis

    Always bring some backup battery power, and/or digital device power adapters!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Russell-Baylis/523125376 Russell Baylis

    Always bring some backup battery power, and/or digital device power adapters!

  • Susannah Felts

    My tip is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. And good music via your favorite device–connected via Griffin products, of course.

  • Susannah Felts

    My tip is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. And good music via your favorite device–connected via Griffin products, of course.

  • http://twitter.com/richphoto Richard Brown Photog

    Road trips are great and are often missed by many these days due to time available for people to do so, I think its the best way to really see and understand America. I always try and find the beaten path, always look for side roads through small towns and get off the interstates when you can, explore.

  • http://twitter.com/richphoto Richard Brown Photog

    Road trips are great and are often missed by many these days due to time available for people to do so, I think its the best way to really see and understand America. I always try and find the beaten path, always look for side roads through small towns and get off the interstates when you can, explore.

  • http://twitter.com/richphoto Richard Brown Photog

    Road trips are great and are often missed by many these days due to time available for people to do so, I think its the best way to really see and understand America. I always try and find the beaten path, always look for side roads through small towns and get off the interstates when you can, explore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pcolton Paul Colton

    After driving 6700 miles on the last trip, this one is golden: pre-load your iPad with tons of movies BEFORE you hit the road — hotel wifi, when you have it, is often way to slow to download even one movie. When the kids watch movies with their headphones, blast your iPod/iPhone music through the car speakers. If you have just one iPad, be sure to bring a headphone jack splitter, so two headphones can be plugged in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pcolton Paul Colton

    After driving 6700 miles on the last trip, this one is golden: pre-load your iPad with tons of movies BEFORE you hit the road — hotel wifi, when you have it, is often way to slow to download even one movie. When the kids watch movies with their headphones, blast your iPod/iPhone music through the car speakers. If you have just one iPad, be sure to bring a headphone jack splitter, so two headphones can be plugged in.

  • Shelby Davis

    We drive almost 4 hours (one way) into the radio wasteland of the Adirondacks, and use downloaded podcasts and a Road Trip transmitter to help keep us entertained (and make it so we don’t have to search for whatever PBS affiliate isn’t blocked by the landscape.)

  • Shelby Davis

    We drive almost 4 hours (one way) into the radio wasteland of the Adirondacks, and use downloaded podcasts and a Road Trip transmitter to help keep us entertained (and make it so we don’t have to search for whatever PBS affiliate isn’t blocked by the landscape.)

  • Shelby Davis

    We drive almost 4 hours (one way) into the radio wasteland of the Adirondacks, and use downloaded podcasts and a Road Trip transmitter to help keep us entertained (and make it so we don’t have to search for whatever PBS affiliate isn’t blocked by the landscape.)

  • Hanson Jiang

    Hide valuables from view when leaving the car. A little effort goes a long way towards keeping honest people honest.  :)

  • Hanson Jiang

    Hide valuables from view when leaving the car. A little effort goes a long way towards keeping honest people honest.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/Bryan_Casey Bryan Casey

    cotton towels over leather seats during the summer months is key!

  • http://twitter.com/Bryan_Casey Bryan Casey

    cotton towels over leather seats during the summer months is key!

  • http://twitter.com/Bryan_Casey Bryan Casey

    cotton towels over leather seats during the summer months is key!

  • Anonymous

    Sign me up yo! My suggestion would be making sure you’ve got plenty of Dr Pepper on hand.

  • Anonymous

    Sign me up yo! My suggestion would be making sure you’ve got plenty of Dr Pepper on hand.

  • Anonymous

    Sign me up yo! My suggestion would be making sure you’ve got plenty of Dr Pepper on hand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Hebert-Lincicum/592108644 Deborah Hebert Lincicum

    The last raod trip was from NC to Mass, nothing exciting to report about the drive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Hebert-Lincicum/592108644 Deborah Hebert Lincicum

    The last raod trip was from NC to Mass, nothing exciting to report about the drive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Hebert-Lincicum/592108644 Deborah Hebert Lincicum

    The last raod trip was from NC to Mass, nothing exciting to report about the drive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Hebert-Lincicum/592108644 Deborah Hebert Lincicum

    The last raod trip was from NC to Mass, nothing exciting to report about the drive.

  • Micah Holtzinger

    Modification of Tip #21: Make friends with locals (people in coffee shops, etc.). They are the best source of local attractions, restaurants, sites, experiences. – Micah Holtzinger

    This one paid off on our road trip to Portland and the Oregon coast last summer. BIG Time!!

  • Micah Holtzinger

    Modification of Tip #21: Make friends with locals (people in coffee shops, etc.). They are the best source of local attractions, restaurants, sites, experiences. – Micah Holtzinger

    This one paid off on our road trip to Portland and the Oregon coast last summer. BIG Time!!

  • Micah Holtzinger

    Modification of Tip #21: Make friends with locals (people in coffee shops, etc.). They are the best source of local attractions, restaurants, sites, experiences. – Micah Holtzinger

    This one paid off on our road trip to Portland and the Oregon coast last summer. BIG Time!!

  • Kbourassa22

    My favorite road trip tip is to pack healthy snacks. It’s cheaper and better for you. If you are going far, stop often to get out and walk around. Bring plenty of water. If you’re driving in temperatures above 100° (like where I live) then make sure you have some sort of emergency road side kit. The extreme heat is causing people’s tires to pop on the highways! So be safe!

  • Kbourassa22

    My favorite road trip tip is to pack healthy snacks. It’s cheaper and better for you. If you are going far, stop often to get out and walk around. Bring plenty of water. If you’re driving in temperatures above 100° (like where I live) then make sure you have some sort of emergency road side kit. The extreme heat is causing people’s tires to pop on the highways! So be safe!

  • Kbourassa22

    My favorite road trip tip is to pack healthy snacks. It’s cheaper and better for you. If you are going far, stop often to get out and walk around. Bring plenty of water. If you’re driving in temperatures above 100° (like where I live) then make sure you have some sort of emergency road side kit. The extreme heat is causing people’s tires to pop on the highways! So be safe!

  • http://twitter.com/nattagirl Natta Girl

    Always keep your hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the road

  • http://twitter.com/nattagirl Natta Girl

    Always keep your hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the road

  • http://twitter.com/nattagirl Natta Girl

    Always keep your hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the road

  • http://twitter.com/nattagirl Natta Girl

    Always keep your hands on the wheel and eyes focused on the road

  • Steve

    Before leaving on your trip, make sure to check the air pressure on your inflatable high-occupancy lane “Buddy.”

    Steve
    swshadle@yahoo.com

  • Steve

    Before leaving on your trip, make sure to check the air pressure on your inflatable high-occupancy lane “Buddy.”

    Steve
    swshadle@yahoo.com

  • Steve

    Before leaving on your trip, make sure to check the air pressure on your inflatable high-occupancy lane “Buddy.”

    Steve
    swshadle@yahoo.com

  • nikem

    Have lots of diet coke on hand! and a great sound system and music

  • nikem

    Have lots of diet coke on hand! and a great sound system and music

  • http://www.facebook.com/superrob Rob Stevens

    My Road Trip Tip: Audiobooks. Nothing helps kill time better than a good book, but when you have to drive, having the books read to you is the next best thing. Personally, I love books that are “acted” rather than just read. “The Dresden Files” series of books (by Jim Butcher) are particularly well read/acted, and can make any road trip far more enjoyable. Audible.com is a great place to get audiobooks, and their iPhone app is great for taking them on the road with you.

    Bonus Tip: Get some Podcasts related to your destination. For example, if you’re going to Walt Disney World, there are lots of great Podcasts out there that you can listen to that can make your experience that much better. Helps to pass the time, heightens the anticipation, and get the most our of your vacation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/superrob Rob Stevens

    My Road Trip Tip: Audiobooks. Nothing helps kill time better than a good book, but when you have to drive, having the books read to you is the next best thing. Personally, I love books that are “acted” rather than just read. “The Dresden Files” series of books (by Jim Butcher) are particularly well read/acted, and can make any road trip far more enjoyable. Audible.com is a great place to get audiobooks, and their iPhone app is great for taking them on the road with you.

    Bonus Tip: Get some Podcasts related to your destination. For example, if you’re going to Walt Disney World, there are lots of great Podcasts out there that you can listen to that can make your experience that much better. Helps to pass the time, heightens the anticipation, and get the most our of your vacation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/superrob Rob Stevens

    My Road Trip Tip: Audiobooks. Nothing helps kill time better than a good book, but when you have to drive, having the books read to you is the next best thing. Personally, I love books that are “acted” rather than just read. “The Dresden Files” series of books (by Jim Butcher) are particularly well read/acted, and can make any road trip far more enjoyable. Audible.com is a great place to get audiobooks, and their iPhone app is great for taking them on the road with you.

    Bonus Tip: Get some Podcasts related to your destination. For example, if you’re going to Walt Disney World, there are lots of great Podcasts out there that you can listen to that can make your experience that much better. Helps to pass the time, heightens the anticipation, and get the most our of your vacation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/superrob Rob Stevens

    My Road Trip Tip: Audiobooks. Nothing helps kill time better than a good book, but when you have to drive, having the books read to you is the next best thing. Personally, I love books that are “acted” rather than just read. “The Dresden Files” series of books (by Jim Butcher) are particularly well read/acted, and can make any road trip far more enjoyable. Audible.com is a great place to get audiobooks, and their iPhone app is great for taking them on the road with you.

    Bonus Tip: Get some Podcasts related to your destination. For example, if you’re going to Walt Disney World, there are lots of great Podcasts out there that you can listen to that can make your experience that much better. Helps to pass the time, heightens the anticipation, and get the most our of your vacation!

  • http://twitter.com/athimmel athimmel

    Road trip tip:  Do NOT overpack! 

  • http://twitter.com/athimmel athimmel

    Road trip tip:  Do NOT overpack! 

  • http://twitter.com/athimmel athimmel

    Road trip tip:  Do NOT overpack! 

  • jwnola

    Audiobooks. The best way to pass the time on a long road trip. I couldn’t do the long trips without Audible.com.

  • jwnola

    Audiobooks. The best way to pass the time on a long road trip. I couldn’t do the long trips without Audible.com.

  • jwnola

    Audiobooks. The best way to pass the time on a long road trip. I couldn’t do the long trips without Audible.com.

  • jwnola

    Audiobooks. The best way to pass the time on a long road trip. I couldn’t do the long trips without Audible.com.

  • http://twitter.com/jydesign James Young

    Cool, here’s my entry: Create some playlists in advance so you don’t have to mess w/ your music player while you are driving 😉 twitter: @jydesign:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/jydesign James Young

    Cool, here’s my entry: Create some playlists in advance so you don’t have to mess w/ your music player while you are driving 😉 twitter: @jydesign:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/jydesign James Young

    Cool, here’s my entry: Create some playlists in advance so you don’t have to mess w/ your music player while you are driving 😉 twitter: @jydesign:twitter 

  • http://twitter.com/jydesign James Young

    Cool, here’s my entry: Create some playlists in advance so you don’t have to mess w/ your music player while you are driving 😉 twitter: @jydesign:twitter 

  • Fiza

    Bring a camera along, cherish the memories you had from the time you left the house to the time you get back to your home sweet home, it’s all worth it in the end. Then you can create a photobook! Which I did of my travels from 2009-2011.

    I would need the 250 to pay for gas so I can get to give my family their first road trip with me driving, Any left over money would be used for college essentials which starts august 22! (:

  • Fiza

    Bring a camera along, cherish the memories you had from the time you left the house to the time you get back to your home sweet home, it’s all worth it in the end. Then you can create a photobook! Which I did of my travels from 2009-2011.

    I would need the 250 to pay for gas so I can get to give my family their first road trip with me driving, Any left over money would be used for college essentials which starts august 22! (:

  • Fiza

    Bring a camera along, cherish the memories you had from the time you left the house to the time you get back to your home sweet home, it’s all worth it in the end. Then you can create a photobook! Which I did of my travels from 2009-2011.

    I would need the 250 to pay for gas so I can get to give my family their first road trip with me driving, Any left over money would be used for college essentials which starts august 22! (:

  • Fiza

    Bring a camera along, cherish the memories you had from the time you left the house to the time you get back to your home sweet home, it’s all worth it in the end. Then you can create a photobook! Which I did of my travels from 2009-2011.

    I would need the 250 to pay for gas so I can get to give my family their first road trip with me driving, Any left over money would be used for college essentials which starts august 22! (:

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattmainster Matt Main

    Make sure your tires are properly inflated to save gas on your road trip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattmainster Matt Main

    Make sure your tires are properly inflated to save gas on your road trip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattmainster Matt Main

    Make sure your tires are properly inflated to save gas on your road trip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattmainster Matt Main

    Make sure your tires are properly inflated to save gas on your road trip!

  • Tyler

    Don’t forget your deer whistles!

  • Tyler

    Don’t forget your deer whistles!

  • http://twitter.com/NAnder7704 Noel Anderson

    Make sure that you have some cash in your wallet as some places (toll booths) don’t take credit.

  • http://twitter.com/NAnder7704 Noel Anderson

    Make sure that you have some cash in your wallet as some places (toll booths) don’t take credit.

  • http://twitter.com/NAnder7704 Noel Anderson

    Make sure that you have some cash in your wallet as some places (toll booths) don’t take credit.

  • Anonymous

    The best thing you can bring on a road trip is someone who you travel well with. Sharing a road trip experience can be great… but not with someone who has a different travel style than you. If you’re spontaneous and love to explore, you don’t want someone really structured… and vice versa. :)

  • Anonymous

    The best thing you can bring on a road trip is someone who you travel well with. Sharing a road trip experience can be great… but not with someone who has a different travel style than you. If you’re spontaneous and love to explore, you don’t want someone really structured… and vice versa. :)

  • Anonymous

    For road trip prefreeze bottles of water use as ice packs for cooler then drink when thawed!

  • Anonymous

    For road trip prefreeze bottles of water use as ice packs for cooler then drink when thawed!

  • Anonymous

    Be sure to have water and a first-aid kit. You never know when you’ll need both. How about extra pair of shoes? Thanks for the chance! bikeohio2010 at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous

    Be sure to have water and a first-aid kit. You never know when you’ll need both. How about extra pair of shoes? Thanks for the chance! bikeohio2010 at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous

    Be sure to have water and a first-aid kit. You never know when you’ll need both. How about extra pair of shoes? Thanks for the chance! bikeohio2010 at gmail dot com

  • http://twitter.com/darrell39 robert

    Need this for a trip to Florida

  • http://twitter.com/darrell39 robert

    Need this for a trip to Florida

  • http://twitter.com/darrell39 robert

    Need this for a trip to Florida

  • Andrew

     I always make sure my car is ready to go I get a check up and I also bring a backup battery charger for my smartphone and atleast 2 days worth of emergency food

  • Andrew

     I always make sure my car is ready to go I get a check up and I also bring a backup battery charger for my smartphone and atleast 2 days worth of emergency food

  • Steven Ford

    gotta stop and check out the sites… it’s about the journey sometimes and not just the destination.  I’ve driven cross-country 8 times and never took the same route.

  • Steven Ford

    gotta stop and check out the sites… it’s about the journey sometimes and not just the destination.  I’ve driven cross-country 8 times and never took the same route.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554594578 Jody Ryan

    Long trips in the van with our kids have made us realize that along with jumper cables, a roll of toilet paper, should be the next item in the roadside assistance kit!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554594578 Jody Ryan

    Long trips in the van with our kids have made us realize that along with jumper cables, a roll of toilet paper, should be the next item in the roadside assistance kit!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554594578 Jody Ryan

    Long trips in the van with our kids have made us realize that along with jumper cables, a roll of toilet paper, should be the next item in the roadside assistance kit!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554594578 Jody Ryan

    Long trips in the van with our kids have made us realize that along with jumper cables, a roll of toilet paper, should be the next item in the roadside assistance kit!!!

  • Southpacific Peter

    On a hot day/long trip keep your tires 1-2 pounds of pressure lower than the full tire… as the tire gets warm… it expands and maximizes the efficiency  of the tires.  Peter Young / southpacific.peter@gmail.com / 650-296-4987

  • Southpacific Peter

    On a hot day/long trip keep your tires 1-2 pounds of pressure lower than the full tire… as the tire gets warm… it expands and maximizes the efficiency  of the tires.  Peter Young / southpacific.peter@gmail.com / 650-296-4987

  • Southpacific Peter

    On a hot day/long trip keep your tires 1-2 pounds of pressure lower than the full tire… as the tire gets warm… it expands and maximizes the efficiency  of the tires.  Peter Young / southpacific.peter@gmail.com / 650-296-4987

  • Southpacific Peter

    On a hot day/long trip keep your tires 1-2 pounds of pressure lower than the full tire… as the tire gets warm… it expands and maximizes the efficiency  of the tires.  Peter Young / southpacific.peter@gmail.com / 650-296-4987

  • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

    iPad full of kid movies and a Griffin SmartShare headphone splitter!

  • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

    iPad full of kid movies and a Griffin SmartShare headphone splitter!

  • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

    iPad full of kid movies and a Griffin SmartShare headphone splitter!

  • http://twitter.com/blackburnmanor Robert Blackburn, Jr

    iPad full of kid movies and a Griffin SmartShare headphone splitter!

  • Jerhodes131

    Text by voice, keeps your eyes on the road -jerhodes131@gmail.com

  • Jerhodes131

    Text by voice, keeps your eyes on the road -jerhodes131@gmail.com

  • Jerhodes131

    Text by voice, keeps your eyes on the road -jerhodes131@gmail.com

  • Chl

    It sound great:)

  • Chl

    It sound great:)

  • Roxannepen

    Best road trip ever Kansas City to the Badlands and then on to Glacier Park Mt.  Scenery, wild west great folks and gogeous vistas.  Need to quit typing and start packing the old car.

  • Chl

    It sound great:)

  • Roxannepen

    Best road trip ever Kansas City to the Badlands and then on to Glacier Park Mt.  Scenery, wild west great folks and gogeous vistas.  Need to quit typing and start packing the old car.

  • http://www.agentnerdy.com/ abitnerdy

    My #1 Road Trip Tip is to bring lots of food, and a cooler, because hungry road trippers are cranky road trippers and that’s no fun. 

    Also, if you’re going far, I’d say bring a wireless charger, that’ll hold multiple charges for multiple devices,  because wires can get too crazy when there are multiple people in the vehicle, plus you’d want to save your outlets for important devices like… GPS and the phone for emergency. :) 

  • http://www.agentnerdy.com/ abitnerdy

    My #1 Road Trip Tip is to bring lots of food, and a cooler, because hungry road trippers are cranky road trippers and that’s no fun. 

    Also, if you’re going far, I’d say bring a wireless charger, that’ll hold multiple charges for multiple devices,  because wires can get too crazy when there are multiple people in the vehicle, plus you’d want to save your outlets for important devices like… GPS and the phone for emergency. :) 

  • http://www.agentnerdy.com/ abitnerdy

    My #1 Road Trip Tip is to bring lots of food, and a cooler, because hungry road trippers are cranky road trippers and that’s no fun. 

    Also, if you’re going far, I’d say bring a wireless charger, that’ll hold multiple charges for multiple devices,  because wires can get too crazy when there are multiple people in the vehicle, plus you’d want to save your outlets for important devices like… GPS and the phone for emergency. :) 

  • http://www.agentnerdy.com/ abitnerdy

    My #1 Road Trip Tip is to bring lots of food, and a cooler, because hungry road trippers are cranky road trippers and that’s no fun. 

    Also, if you’re going far, I’d say bring a wireless charger, that’ll hold multiple charges for multiple devices,  because wires can get too crazy when there are multiple people in the vehicle, plus you’d want to save your outlets for important devices like… GPS and the phone for emergency. :) 

  • Brian Livingstone

    If you’re in need of a destination for a spontaneous trip, open a paper map and point with your eyes closed. All that’s left after that is to get on the road. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528571290 Colin Laba

    The best roadtrip hint I can offer is make sure all your cables and wires for charging and connecting are all set up so you are not fumbling while driving. And keep them in an organized fashion, making it non-cluttered, away from drink holders and away from the shifters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528571290 Colin Laba

    The best roadtrip hint I can offer is make sure all your cables and wires for charging and connecting are all set up so you are not fumbling while driving. And keep them in an organized fashion, making it non-cluttered, away from drink holders and away from the shifters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528571290 Colin Laba

    The best roadtrip hint I can offer is make sure all your cables and wires for charging and connecting are all set up so you are not fumbling while driving. And keep them in an organized fashion, making it non-cluttered, away from drink holders and away from the shifters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=528571290 Colin Laba

    The best roadtrip hint I can offer is make sure all your cables and wires for charging and connecting are all set up so you are not fumbling while driving. And keep them in an organized fashion, making it non-cluttered, away from drink holders and away from the shifters.

  • Chase

    Two things to always have on hand: Duct Tape and Garbage Bags. Both will always come in handy.

  • Chase

    Two things to always have on hand: Duct Tape and Garbage Bags. Both will always come in handy.

  • Celie66

    Always have great snacks and great music.

  • Celie66

    Always have great snacks and great music.

  • Celie66

    Always have great snacks and great music.

  • Celie66

    Always have great snacks and great music.

  • mendi

    Always have Wet Ones hand wipes in the glovebox and gallon zipper bags for trash!

  • mendi

    Always have Wet Ones hand wipes in the glovebox and gallon zipper bags for trash!

  • mendi

    Always have Wet Ones hand wipes in the glovebox and gallon zipper bags for trash!

  • mendi

    Always have Wet Ones hand wipes in the glovebox and gallon zipper bags for trash!

  • http://www.nextgengeek.com Collin LeGault

    When taking kids on a road trip, I still pull out mad libs after the first 1 or 2 hours right about the time they start to go stir crazy. Thankfully its available on the iPad now!

  • http://www.nextgengeek.com Collin LeGault

    When taking kids on a road trip, I still pull out mad libs after the first 1 or 2 hours right about the time they start to go stir crazy. Thankfully its available on the iPad now!

  • http://www.nextgengeek.com Collin LeGault

    When taking kids on a road trip, I still pull out mad libs after the first 1 or 2 hours right about the time they start to go stir crazy. Thankfully its available on the iPad now!

  • http://www.nextgengeek.com Collin LeGault

    When taking kids on a road trip, I still pull out mad libs after the first 1 or 2 hours right about the time they start to go stir crazy. Thankfully its available on the iPad now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=99100015 Matt Howard

    When driving, I always find that it is helpful to stay awake. That’s probably the best trip tip I can give, other than to buckle up!

    mhoward4@me.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=99100015 Matt Howard

    When driving, I always find that it is helpful to stay awake. That’s probably the best trip tip I can give, other than to buckle up!

    mhoward4@me.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=99100015 Matt Howard

    When driving, I always find that it is helpful to stay awake. That’s probably the best trip tip I can give, other than to buckle up!

    mhoward4@me.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=99100015 Matt Howard

    When driving, I always find that it is helpful to stay awake. That’s probably the best trip tip I can give, other than to buckle up!

    mhoward4@me.com

  • http://www.bradyfulton.com Bfulton

    Enjoy the travel, don’t worry so much about rushing to the destination.

  • http://www.bradyfulton.com Bfulton

    Enjoy the travel, don’t worry so much about rushing to the destination.

  • http://www.bradyfulton.com Bfulton

    Enjoy the travel, don’t worry so much about rushing to the destination.

  • http://www.bradyfulton.com Bfulton

    Enjoy the travel, don’t worry so much about rushing to the destination.

  • Nicoya15

    Make sure that your Driver’s License and Insurance information is in the vehicle and up to date!

  • Nicoya15

    Make sure that your Driver’s License and Insurance information is in the vehicle and up to date!

  • Jack

    For my road trips I have a DC splitter so that I can plug multiple things in my car, iPhone charger GPS, etc… Would love to have a BlueTrip Aux though!

  • Jack

    For my road trips I have a DC splitter so that I can plug multiple things in my car, iPhone charger GPS, etc… Would love to have a BlueTrip Aux though!

  • Jack

    For my road trips I have a DC splitter so that I can plug multiple things in my car, iPhone charger GPS, etc… Would love to have a BlueTrip Aux though!

  • Jack

    For my road trips I have a DC splitter so that I can plug multiple things in my car, iPhone charger GPS, etc… Would love to have a BlueTrip Aux though!

  • Ken Schmalbeck

    Get a medium size plastic tub with a smooth surfaced lid for each child.  Allow them to pack anything they want but it MUST fit in the tub with the lid closed.  The tub will serve as a writing or coloring surface when placed on their lap.  It also give each child a sense of responsibility for their choices.

    Ken
    bjfpdts@yahoo.com

  • Ken Schmalbeck

    Get a medium size plastic tub with a smooth surfaced lid for each child.  Allow them to pack anything they want but it MUST fit in the tub with the lid closed.  The tub will serve as a writing or coloring surface when placed on their lap.  It also give each child a sense of responsibility for their choices.

    Ken
    bjfpdts@yahoo.com

  • Ken Schmalbeck

    Get a medium size plastic tub with a smooth surfaced lid for each child.  Allow them to pack anything they want but it MUST fit in the tub with the lid closed.  The tub will serve as a writing or coloring surface when placed on their lap.  It also give each child a sense of responsibility for their choices.

    Ken
    bjfpdts@yahoo.com

  • Ken Schmalbeck

    Get a medium size plastic tub with a smooth surfaced lid for each child.  Allow them to pack anything they want but it MUST fit in the tub with the lid closed.  The tub will serve as a writing or coloring surface when placed on their lap.  It also give each child a sense of responsibility for their choices.

    Ken
    bjfpdts@yahoo.com

  • William Longino

    I travel long distances to and from work. My tip is to make frequent stops to the same place for people that travel the same path. It help to stop at a place you know rather than a strange place.

    Sonyman74@gmail.com

  • carbonware

    My tip is to take side roads and older freeways for a better adventure. To me the journey is every bit as much fun and memorable as the destination.

     I try to stop at local sites, pull into small towns and cruise through, look for signs to the local pond, museums, historical markers , etc. Stop in and find and older local and ask why this town is here and what should I most know about it, they will often lead you to points of interest most people never get to see. You may even make some new friends who ask you into their homes to have a mean and regale you with local lore and history.I find this kind of slower travel far more rewarding than racing to a destination resort and sleeping by the pool all day.

  • http://twitter.com/vilmark vilmark

    Travelling with kids I always have paper, crayons, and books in the car to help pass the time.

  • Craig Bradley

    I keep a phone charging dock in my care at all times so that it’s always got a topped off battery whenever I step out. If you’re driving all day every day, this might not be best for the battery, but with modern batteries this works great for me.

    Coupled with a bluetooth aux doohickey (I use a competing brand right now, with marginal success) it makes my Element practically an iPhone accessory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=48610597 Trevor Eldridge

    When traveling cross country, have theme songs for different states or cities. Example: “Hotel California” when driving from LA to Phoenix at 10PM. Life becomes more epic that way.

    taeldridge@gmail.com

  • Terry C

    Bring plenty of snacks and  lots of good music!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N57TTYSJ4TJDHNSHV4NAZK2OUQ J

    find those old diners, the ones you will always remember. Always bring snacks and drinks. Pack a pillow & gps in case you are not familiar with a map. Bring a camera take lots of pictures to remember your road trip. If you have kids – you can play games in the car like I SPY fun things to do on road trips. Im a girl that likes to just get up an go – no where to go in particular i just go and end up somewhere new – its always an awesome time.

  • Orion Antares

    Do not always do what your GPS tells you to, especially if it randomly yells out, “turn on to unpaved road”.

    Contact is easy, just reply to this post and it emails be through Disqus.

    • Tyler Regas

      To reinforce Orion’s statement, don’t do what a GPS says in case it’s out to kill you! Besides, there’s nothing like meeting people because you asked them for directions. 

  • Mperko

    Pack a bag for your gadgets, keep a small bag handy with chargers, cables, headphones and other gear always ready to go in a moments notice. I carry it in my glove box but then throw in my suitcase when parking at the airport. Always ready to go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.r.morris Scott Morris

    Bring hard candy for long trips. It keeps your mouth from getting dry without over-hydrating (and causing additional unnecessary bathroom stops).

  • Tim Klein

    Even if you’re using GPS, find your location on a roadmap now and then (though not while you’re driving!). When you see a town or feature with an interesting name, take a detour and visit it. You find the darndest stuff this way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bychance John Vargo

    Stop every 2 hours, at minimum. It will help to keep you comfortable and alert!

  • http://twitter.com/intkz intkz

    Don’t forget camera and tripods.

  • Minniemickey

    Pack a cooler full of drinks for refreshment during the hot summer months. Good company, tunes and nurishment make for an easier road trip!

  • Yvonelop1969

    Have your iPod full and plenty of rest lots of munchies and your on your way.. Jammin along

  • Adam Lachacz

    Always have extra clothes and extra food just in case

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001673756250 Michelle Lindquist

    Keep plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated & refreshed. Also, plenty of good tunes….and I always have my daughters with me, to take care of all the stuff I can’t while driving. 😀

  • Neal Wozniak

    Be on the lookout for nearby attractions. There are some great and interesting historic sites and parks right off highways. They are perfect places to stop and take a break in a beautiful setting. One example, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover in Iowa. Totally worth a 30 minute pit stop. Don’t stop at crappy rest stops when you can do so much better.

    nealwozniak@gmail.com

  • Stephen

    Travel Tip: Check your tire pressure!

  • http://twitter.com/kidandy andy campbell

    buy a bag of munchies, they are the perfect road trip food by far.

  • Stephen Koehn

    Looking forward to it! Thank you!

  • Gail

    Always bring your Griffin iTrip so you can listen through your radio as well as charge your mobile device.

  • Angela A

    I have to travel with a loaded up itunes music lineup, loaded up charge on my iPhone, an extra charger, and loads of water and snacks!

  • http://cclauset.myopenid.com/ Caleb Clauset

    Don’t travel alone (and if you have small kids, time your travel during nap/sleeping time).

  • http://twitter.com/duskdargent Dusk Dargent

    Up to Ann Arbor to see the boyfriend, with a stop at Zingerman’s Roadhouse for some of the best food in America, then downtown to Pete’s Pinball for some classic gaming 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.ebert Joshua Tucker Ebert

    “Plan not to have plans.” 

    The best road trips occur when the you’re open to experience the adventures as they come your way. 

    (In my opinion, tip #1 really is: “Road trip on a motorcycle.” :] )

  • Jairo Ochoa

    DRIVE SAFE range should have been in Spain years ago. Here is forbiden to drive and talk by the phone.

  • Anonymous

    Always bring extra underwear. 😀
    richard.hartii@gmail.com

  • Nathaniel Jewett

    A tip? Always have a map! you never know when your GPS will stop working

  • Geoffrey Honda

    use pandora so you never have to repeat a playlist!

  • http://www.facebook.com/techinthecity Jim Ainge

    I bring a personal Wi-Fi hotspot. There are times when I’m traveling that I need to go online with my laptop for something that I can’t do with my smartphone or tablet. It also gives you and your travel companions a secure connection to the internet while avoiding both the unnecessary stops, the obligatory expense of purchasing food/drinks or the hotel fees incurred to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • Dealsfordayton

    Be sure to use your CinemaSeat for your iPad and backseat riders. Plus a Gopher Grabber is very handy in a van with young kids. :)

  • Ashley A

    Bring your pup–dogs make great co-pilots :)

  • Spetrounov

    I keep a little potty in our van for unexpected potty breaks for our two boys – I’ve actually used it when truck stop toilets are too filthy to brave.

    spetrounov@aol.com

  • Talex

    Plan to stop every hour or so to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, have a pit stop, snack, etc., especially when traveling with children.  You could also have single serving snacks, wipes  and portable games in the vehicle for variety.

  • Jairo Ochoa

    DriveSafe™ products products should have been in Spain some years ago. Here is forbiden to drive and talk by the phone.  Fortunately Griffin made it again. Thanks guys!

  • Audrey H.

    For longer road trips I like to take books, magazines and newspapers to read because even with all the wi-fi and internet there are places that dont have good coverage.

  • Abel Family

    Movies on headphones for the kids.  Tunes on the speakers for the adults.

  • Stevieled

    You know those places on the side of the road that you pass thinking they’re stupid? Stop at those places. They may be stupid, but you might find something amazing.

    Steve

    S t e v i e l e d (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m

  • Anonymous

    Something like RoadTrip to hold your phone and listen to audiobooks. A great way to make the trip go faster. Just make sure it’s not a ‘deep’ subject that will take too much attention from the driving!

  • Marci

    Pick a destination and go the long way to get there. Along the way stop at all the places that look interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/bettywiderski Betty Widerski

    Have a backup info source (saved Google maps diections, or old school paper maps) if you are navigating primarily by GPS to an unfamiliar destination – signal can be lost, their map db may be wrong (see http://www.npr.org/2011/07/26/137646147/the-gps-a-fatally-misleading-travel-companion for people getting fatally lost in Death Valley b/c of this!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/adamtemp64 Adam Temperton

    A usefull security tip to prevent your iPhone being used if stolen / lost on a road trip is to
    enable both sim Pin Settings> Phone> SIM Pin> Turn on and set pin and
    Passcode lock Settings>General> Passcode Lock> Set code and set Require
    Passcode to Imediatley the shorter you set the time the less chance if lost /
    stolen the Iphone can be used. ( mine is set to ask for passcode
    immediately)
    And also set Auto-lock to 1 minute

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

    Road trip tip: podcasts podcasts podcasts! Music can lull me to sleep but listening to tech podcasts keeps me going. Lots of Leo Laporte, Adam Christianson and Scott Johnson pw.techgeek@gmail.com

  • http://profiles.google.com/mykalson Mike Isbill

    Make sure you have plenty of beef jerky and a full tank of gas.

  • Al Fitch

    We have two young kids.  They have to be supplied with activities to keep Mom and Dad sane!  They are each allowed to pack their school backpack with anything they want (except their guinea pigs) from their room to occupy their time.  With the backpacks they can hopefully keep the car neat and be entertained at the same time.  Email me at fitchal@yahoo.com when you pick my entry to win!  Happy Tripping.

  • JASON L.

    Enjoyed traveling to San Francisco last summer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KimberleyAnn.Compton Kim Compton

    Make sure your radiator, gas tank and oil cooler are all full and without leaks so you don’t end up stranded alone on the side of a road.  

  • herriman007

    Essential Road Trip Tip: Have enough stuff for the kids to do! Nothing drags out the passage of time worse than restless kids in the back seats(s). Music and videos help, but you may find that plain-old rest breaks work the best. I can barely tolerate driving for more than a couple hours myself, and I have an attention span longer than my kids, so it’s easy to sympathize with their need to get out and stretch, or dance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrtoms Tom Campbell

    iTrip is a definite MUST for any road trip.  After that whatever flips your pancake.

  • Cristina Rohena

    Bring lots of snacks, tons of new songs, and a good map. Never know when you’ll run into a No Service situation.

    Cristina Rohena
    cristina.rohena@gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/prizewhore Sean O

    Most modern auto CD players can play MP3s… spend some time with your iTunes library and craft a new playlist of your favorite albums, podcasts and/or audiobooks to enjoy on your trip. Right-click your playlist and burn to CD. Select MP3 CD from burn options.

  • http://twitter.com/gitgan Josh Smith

    Griffin products are great and winning one would be pretty sweet too.

  • Kyle Rhoden

    Make your roadtrip playlists ahead of time.

  • ChrisW

    Paper towels and the app “Siri”. Trust me on this.

  • Steve

    I plan to visit the craziness and fun of Arizona. I plan to go with a couple of friends. One of whom is getting married in a few months. This is probably the last time we can all get together and do something like this. Getting older and have responsibilities. So hole in the wall restaurants, sight seeing, novelty items, visiting off the beaten path, comfortable accommodations. I have code named this road trip as “Hall Pass.”

  • Wisnae

    Tip: Have cash on hand for gas.  Some places offer a discount for using cash instead of credit.

  • http://twitter.com/Moonbeeem Stacey Wallace

    I make trips across country for work once every month or so. This is what makes my trips easier. An app called rest area which tells you where the stops are on your route and what is available there, load audio books and music for the long drive, stop every 4 or so hours even when not tired just to stretch and keep alert, and snacks will keep you awake, as does singing. Whenever I am tired I grab a snack and it wakes me up. Always stop and sleep when you are tired, trying to drive when overtired only slows you down and endangers others. I tried to do it once or twice and it only added time, not worth it.

  • Trever Ewing

    My best road trip was with my best friend Lauren, driving through three foot deep water in my little Lancer sports car…

  • Anonymous

    Want to stay awake? Listen to podcasts. Spoken-word stuff that keeps you interested will keep you going longer than music.

  • Nikki

    If you aren’t in a hurry make your trip chain free. Only visit local places. It’s the only way to really explore where you are going, after all you can get a Big Mac anywhere!
    Nikki
    geoswaim@gmail.com

  • http://newrules.com John Federico

    Plan your trip so that you avoid rush hour in most city centers. For instance, when driving to The Outer Banks in North Carolina, we leave at 5:30 AM to miss NYC rush hour traffic and drive straight through so that we miss afternoon rush our traffic in every city on the way down the coast. YMMV. 😉

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRGR2VCL4YRBXAWPZZRUZ73OCI senyor

    I always travel with my french press coffee pot, some great fresh roasted ground coffee and a hot pot. I can make delicious coffee at rest stops, for breakfast, or anywhere I want as long as there’s electricity. There’s no need to look for expensive Starbucks (I don’t like their coffee anyway). We also always carry healthy snacks (rice bars, healthy breakfast bars, nuts, etc)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRGR2VCL4YRBXAWPZZRUZ73OCI senyor

    I always travel with my french press coffee pot, some great fresh roasted ground coffee and a hot pot. I can make delicious coffee at rest stops, for breakfast, or anywhere I want as long as there’s electricity. There’s no need to look for expensive Starbucks (I don’t like their coffee anyway). We also always carry healthy snacks (rice bars, healthy breakfast bars, nuts, etc)

  • http://www.twitter.com/jillyrh Jillyrh

    Be sure to bring a cell phone, water and snacks with you just in case you get stranded somewhere and can’t get help for awhile. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/jillyrh Jillyrh

    Be sure to bring a cell phone, water and snacks with you just in case you get stranded somewhere and can’t get help for awhile. 

  • Ninessix

    I want to win!

  • Ninessix

    I want to win!

  • Anonymous

    As a parent of young children (5 and 7) it seems nearly impossible to keep the minivan clean on road trips. I like to keep a stash of plastic grocery sacks handy for trash or the occasional motion sickness. In addition, a big container of baby wipes prove indispensable for clean up duties.

  • Anonymous

    As a parent of young children (5 and 7) it seems nearly impossible to keep the minivan clean on road trips. I like to keep a stash of plastic grocery sacks handy for trash or the occasional motion sickness. In addition, a big container of baby wipes prove indispensable for clean up duties.

  • Stephanie M

    hey stranger!

  • Stephanie M

    hey stranger!

  • William Duckworth

    For a smooth road trip for an iOS family, we take a portable wifi hotspot device along to keep everyone connected on long, uneventful drives across the midwest. We use a Zoom We3G and an iPad SIM for ours…

  • William Duckworth

    For a smooth road trip for an iOS family, we take a portable wifi hotspot device along to keep everyone connected on long, uneventful drives across the midwest. We use a Zoom We3G and an iPad SIM for ours…

  • Ausa87

    Really cool

  • Ausa87

    Really cool

  • Mike B

    drink lots of water. It forces you to stop every couple hours for a break.

  • Mike B

    drink lots of water. It forces you to stop every couple hours for a break.

  • Al Z

    A tip I always use is creating a playlist for different parts of the trip.  Pass a mile marker?  Change to a different playlist.  This keeps the music varied and holds my attention on how far I’ve gone as well as how close I am to my destination.  Don’t have an i-(device)?  I started out burning CD’s before media players arrived.  It’s all good.

    Be thankful I didn’t mention doing a mix tape.  Man, I feel old.  :)

  • Al Z

    A tip I always use is creating a playlist for different parts of the trip.  Pass a mile marker?  Change to a different playlist.  This keeps the music varied and holds my attention on how far I’ve gone as well as how close I am to my destination.  Don’t have an i-(device)?  I started out burning CD’s before media players arrived.  It’s all good.

    Be thankful I didn’t mention doing a mix tape.  Man, I feel old.  :)

  • christine morris

    Thank You :)

  • christine morris

    Thank You :)

  • Instantj

    Road trip, leave the toddler at home! Or at least bring plenty of movies on the mobile device of your choice.

  • Instantj

    Road trip, leave the toddler at home! Or at least bring plenty of movies on the mobile device of your choice.

  • MinVic

    Never – NEVER – forget to carry your own toilet paper with you in a trip!!!

  • MinVic

    Never – NEVER – forget to carry your own toilet paper with you in a trip!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cwerdna Andrew C

    Make sure you have plenty of playlists made w/your favorite music.  Also, have some audiobooks ready.

    You can DM me at Twitter.

  • AF4Chris

    Drive at night…take a nap in the afternoon before you leave and grab some coffee (Starbucks grande drip has more caffeine than redbull). Less traffic and time goes by much faster. Plus even in the summer you can forget the sunglasses and the AC and save some gas money!

  • Jim Wu

    My tip for road trips is to enjoy all the scenery along the way, not just the final destination!

    jimcywu@gmai.com

  • Klryan

    Get off the highway and explore the back roads for interesting scenery and a better chance to patronize local businesses.

  • Obion

    Travel tip. With young children in the back, its an idea to do some of the longhauls in the evening when they fall sleep. When we were young, our parents took us on a serious roadtrip, from NYC to Vancouver in a week. They had planned the route with the help of the local triple A office, and for us young ones, it was very okay to do miles sleeping, as it gave us more fun time at the rivers and parks where we made our stops. You can’t run, frisbee or swim in a car : )

  • Promakos

    When on a road trip, take someone who likes to talk a lot and you won’t be in danger of falling asleep behind the wheel. It worked for me last month.

  • Johnathan

    Bring a GPS or physical maps. You don’t want to get lost without a way of getting out.

  • http://twitter.com/pafford Anthony Pafford

    Here’s a tip from someone that has done a LOT of road trips. Get the best deal on Road Side Assistance by looking through the offers from services you already have. AAA Road Side costs $50-$60 a year, but the same service from your cell phone provider may only be $3/month if tacked on to your cell phone bill. That’s $36/year and a huge savings!

    One flat tire or one jump start on a rainy night will more than pay for this service — and you can use it for any vehicle you are physically near. So if a friend breaks down, you can always lend a hand.

  • Mary B

    On any road trip, carry a paper map!

  • Sam Castro

    Learn a new language!! As a commuter who spends two hours and 45 minutes in my car each workday, I am well underway to being a conversational French speaker! Love it!

  • Chris E

    Take your time to enjoy the trip

  • Justin

    Make sure to have music, water, and snacks!

  • http://twitter.com/curtislu Curtis Lu

    We are planning a west coast train/road trip.  We are going to take the Amtrak Coast Starlight from Seattle to LA and then drive a rental car back.  This bluetrip aux would be great in a the rental and make the driving less of a chore.

    @curtislu:twitter 

  • Anonymous

    The best trip for a successful road trip is Sandwiches. Any kind will do, but they’re essential for snacking while on the road. The half hour saved by not having to stop can make the difference between sitting in a big-city rush hour and coasting in while everyone’s still at work.

  • http://www.theshyphotographer.com Gary

    Download new music to listen to while on the road, download movies to watch while in your hotel, and keep your gadgets charged (favorite way of charging my iDevices? the powerblock reserve and the powerjolt reserve plus extra batteries!) :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/orchidlady01 Susan Pertierra

    Pack a small cooler for the car with drinks, take food for the car (snacks, sandwiches, etc.) and plan out a rough itinerary with room for spontaneous stops. We’ve found if you’re nice to people they will usually be nice and helpful with local tips and good places to eat.

  • Stiv0

    Keep a bag handy for trash. After going through snacks and soda it’s nice to not have to clean up the whole interior.

  • http://twitter.com/deadpeng1 Hanoch Kanhai-Zamora

    Always make sure you have enough fluids for both your car and your body.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kdj617 keith james

    Plan your trip as completely as possible, it always seems to be the unplanned stops that gets one in peril.

  • David Siegfried

    If you can, have 3 drivers, and switch drivers frequently.  I’ve driven 3 round trips between Boston, MA and Tulsa, OK; having 3 drivers allowed us to keep driving time short (3-4 hours per shift), have someone awake with the driver at all times, and kept things interesting!  This way you’re safe and you all can get sleep without having to stop for the night.

  • M A

    Bring along a GPS for directions, a few snacks, and plenty of music/audiobooks.

  • CUNIT313

    Pee before you leave the house!

  • Sam Exel

    Always have a cell phone charger and/or GPS handy just in case!

  • http://twitter.com/jenmovies jenmovies

     By far the best tip is to look around! Out the window when you can and stop frequently to enjoy views and quirky road-side pit stops. After all, that’s what a road trip is all about! jenni_klaus@hotmail.com 😉

  • Keith Higgins

    Eat a light lunch so you don’t get sleepy in the afternoon.

  • Hjones

    Travel Tip: Check the weather of your route before you leave. It will impact your drive time as well as what you’ll want to pack. And, don’t forget to download tons of great driving playlists!!!

  • Franknepomuceno

    Make sure you have the correct car charger Adaptor for your iPad

  • Braxton

    Place any snacks/drinks you’ll need within arm’s reach.  Go ahead and gas up whenever you have to stop for a restroom…and, bring a small pillow for the person in the passenger seat.

  • Admorp182

    Bring some music!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FYOCOX5Q5NV2ZYOFYPYWRUHQXU Fabian

    Bring a power inverter for the boom box and laptop!  flamaest at gmail dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rita-Jackson/562535195 Rita Jackson

    I always have music and loads of snacks, and one coffee to go!

  • Anonymous

    Use the Wundermap app to scope out the weather ahead of you.

  • Mohammad Reza Ghorbani

    Griffin is the best !

  • Jacob Loeb

    I have used my iPhone through my truck stereo to stay save on the road for many years now. When I had a separate GPS, stereo, and phone I would constantly fumble for the mute buttons on two of the three devices to answer the phone. My phone was hands free but by hands were always managing the the other devices. A single iPhone does it all and now everything takes a backseat to the incoming call automatically. 

  • Dolawren

    Tip: Always be aware that bad drivers use exit lanes as passing lanes.

  • http://twitter.com/ilenesmachine ilene Hoffman

    My first tip: IF you drop something on the floor or seat, pull over to pick it up! 
    (A guy didn’t do that last month and plowed through a red light into me and my car.)

    Another tip: DO NOT put in a DVD player for your kids. You need them to learn to experience the scenery and activity around them. Play license plate games, sign games, sing, play 20-questions. Keep them engaged and alert, don’t let them learn you don’t need to pay attention when they’re in a car by watching a DVD.

  • Sarah Kelleth

    Great prize!  My tip is to bring the dog with you!  There are lots of dog-friendly motels along the highways and if it’s a big dog, it can mean that extra bit of safety for you as you travel – it’s also lots of fun for the pup!  A little planning makes this an easy and enjoyable addition to any family road trip.

  • Ledward

    Stretch out (especially your hamstrings and lower back!) every couple of hours drive time.

  • LeesaWho

    Give yourself enough time to actually enjoy the ride.  You won’t have a good time if you never get out of the car.  (Oh yeah, and get satellite radio.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BVGQ4WYTS3K43WURKFMCINZ5MQ Logan Creelman

    I have a RoadTrip that I use with my iPhone 4. It works great!

  • Anonymous

    We enjoy taking the back roads and geocaching along the way to our destination.

  • Mark

    A good flashlight, and a few tools always comes in handy

  • Henry

    This prize is awesome I hope I win it

  • ejunan

    We always pack our healthier lunch in addition to water & snacks.  That way we’re not forced to eat at junk food places just because we’re hungry around lunch time.

  • Sergio Caballero

    On every road trip, it is important to carry baby wipes, or any type of wipes that can come in handy when eating food on the road and you need to clean your hands. Also since they have moisture, they can be helpful in cleaning sweat or dirty hands or face. 
    Caballero.sergio1@gmail:twitter .com

  • Josh Harris

    Road trip tip: Always keep a towel with you as it is about the most massively useful thing one could have on a road trip 😉

  • http://profiles.google.com/steverobillard Steve Robillard

    Pick a suitable partner, you won’t enjoy the journey if you want to drive until the tank is dry and your partner wants to stop to pee every half hour.A CB radio is a good thing to have as well not just for emergencies but  for heads up on traffic and police activity, it can also help get you around a traffic snarl better than GPS.

  • http://profiles.google.com/steverobillard Steve Robillard

    Pick a suitable partner, you won’t enjoy the journey if you want to drive until the tank is dry and your partner wants to stop to pee every half hour.A CB radio is a good thing to have as well not just for emergencies but  for heads up on traffic and police activity, it can also help get you around a traffic snarl better than GPS.

  • Greg

    Best tip?  I love the OverDrive app for the iPhone.  Last month I took a drive to Utah (9 hours).  The time flew by with the audiobooks I downloaded for free from my local library using the OverDrive application.  It’s wonderful!

    ibspamish@gmail.com

  • Greg

    Best tip?  I love the OverDrive app for the iPhone.  Last month I took a drive to Utah (9 hours).  The time flew by with the audiobooks I downloaded for free from my local library using the OverDrive application.  It’s wonderful!

    ibspamish@gmail.com

  • Ken

    Bring a backup car charger for your phone.

  • Ken

    Bring a backup car charger for your phone.

  • Catharine R

    Get your car serviced and have a safety check done before your trip.
    ceriehl at gmail dot com

  • Debby

    Always have plenty of music.

  • Debby

    Always have plenty of music.

  • http://twitter.com/HappyBunny87 Jimena Sanchez

    One tip that I think is always very useful specially on a long road trip is to bring snacks with you, this way there is not too much stopping going on and you get to your destination faster while also staying fed! :) Great prize btw.

  • Anonymous

    2 tips

    1) Carry an alternate form of ID for emergencies. Something as simple as a RoadID bracelet or tag, especially if you are going to be doing any hiking or biking, etc while on vacation. 

    2) Get a Bucky brand sleep mask and Hearo brand ear plugs if you will be doing any sleeping as a passenger. I drove from North Carolina to California in a couple of day with some friends and we drove through the night. When it wasn’t my shift to drive, these were invaluable.

  • Anonymous

    2 tips

    1) Carry an alternate form of ID for emergencies. Something as simple as a RoadID bracelet or tag, especially if you are going to be doing any hiking or biking, etc while on vacation. 

    2) Get a Bucky brand sleep mask and Hearo brand ear plugs if you will be doing any sleeping as a passenger. I drove from North Carolina to California in a couple of day with some friends and we drove through the night. When it wasn’t my shift to drive, these were invaluable.

  • http://twitter.com/bato1989 sebastian cortes

    The best tip for a road trip is to have a fully functional air conditioner in your vehicle.

  • http://twitter.com/bato1989 sebastian cortes

    The best tip for a road trip is to have a fully functional air conditioner in your vehicle.

  • GStrickland

    Always make sure to have plenty of fluids for a long trip. Also, have a first aid kit, you never know what’s gonna happen.

  • P_b_2003

    Bring plenty of music

  • P_b_2003

    Bring plenty of music

  • Frog_yawn

    One for bikers- you can never be waterproof enough, pack spare gloves…

  • Kayce

    If someone is selling peaches or hot peanuts on the side of the road, always make a unilateral decision and stop or else regret it 200 miles down the road.

  • Kayce

    If someone is selling peaches or hot peanuts on the side of the road, always make a unilateral decision and stop or else regret it 200 miles down the road.

  • skary

    My best tip is to not tempt fate by stretching a tank of gas too far.  Fill ‘er up at 1/8th tank to make sure you’re not stuck somewhere unfamiliar and potentially many many miles from a gas station – trust me, its expensive and stressful…  its worse than locking your keys in your car.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1498036557 Todd Barwick

    A cooler full of water, soda, fruit and sandwich fixings can save you time and money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1498036557 Todd Barwick

    A cooler full of water, soda, fruit and sandwich fixings can save you time and money.

  • Jeff

    Get off the interstate.  There are so many amazing things to do and see on the highways and byways of America!

  • Jeff

    Get off the interstate.  There are so many amazing things to do and see on the highways and byways of America!

  • http://www.inthebackofbeyond.com/ BPearce

    Always stay hydrated.

    If, for no other reason than it will motivate you to make frequent stops(!), which will keep the driving from becoming monotonous and tiring.

  • http://www.inthebackofbeyond.com/ BPearce

    Always stay hydrated.

    If, for no other reason than it will motivate you to make frequent stops(!), which will keep the driving from becoming monotonous and tiring.

  • Seth Talbert

    My tip would be to always give extra time to get to your destination, there may be random stops of interesting sights, random bathroom pit stop or flat tire.  It also makes it so you don’t have that rushed feeling which can ruin a good road trip!

  • Seth Talbert

    My tip would be to always give extra time to get to your destination, there may be random stops of interesting sights, random bathroom pit stop or flat tire.  It also makes it so you don’t have that rushed feeling which can ruin a good road trip!

  • Manuelvizcayalois

    take plenty of beverages

  • Manuelvizcayalois

    take plenty of beverages

  • Stacey dempsey

    For a great road trip all you need is awesome music, (so make sure you have battery back ups) and snacks and drinks and most importantly  fun friends to go on your adventure with! Someone above said to take bottles so you dont have to stop and pee, i am sorry but that is just gross, i would rather run into the bush lol I am not worried about having a map, sometimes getting lost takes you to some really cool places. 

  • Stacey dempsey

    For a great road trip all you need is awesome music, (so make sure you have battery back ups) and snacks and drinks and most importantly  fun friends to go on your adventure with! Someone above said to take bottles so you dont have to stop and pee, i am sorry but that is just gross, i would rather run into the bush lol I am not worried about having a map, sometimes getting lost takes you to some really cool places. 

  • Jakob

    enough fuel, friends and the right mood – that’s all you need for a great road trip!
    if you want plan a few stops/points-of interest, but make most of your trip spontaneous – use your intuition, decide spontaneously and then amazing things can and will happen and everybody will have a great time! =)

  • Jakob

    enough fuel, friends and the right mood – that’s all you need for a great road trip!
    if you want plan a few stops/points-of interest, but make most of your trip spontaneous – use your intuition, decide spontaneously and then amazing things can and will happen and everybody will have a great time! =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518927938 Sarah Greenspan Glidewell

    When we travel, we always have our 2 children, ages 12 and 9. We love audio books, so my tip is to load up with audio books from the library. A favorite: Harry Potter!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518927938 Sarah Greenspan Glidewell

    When we travel, we always have our 2 children, ages 12 and 9. We love audio books, so my tip is to load up with audio books from the library. A favorite: Harry Potter!

  • Think__different

    My tip is to study the roads to be used ahead of time and make sure your car navigation is loaded with the latest sw (maps)

  • Think__different

    My tip is to study the roads to be used ahead of time and make sure your car navigation is loaded with the latest sw (maps)

  • Nancy Reid

    My road trip is always have an  updated GPS system, cellphone and water with you! The GPS can get you around detours and keep you from getting lost. Cellphone is a must have in case of accident or other emergency. I would hate to break down in S. FL or most anywhere these days without water. You can go w/o food for several days but you will not make it w/o water!!

  • Nancy Reid

    My road trip is always have an  updated GPS system, cellphone and water with you! The GPS can get you around detours and keep you from getting lost. Cellphone is a must have in case of accident or other emergency. I would hate to break down in S. FL or most anywhere these days without water. You can go w/o food for several days but you will not make it w/o water!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BXXOZJ7NUOXHNCQMRXP6LOT6FM Anonymous

    This one’s a bit gross, but it can save a lot of hassle.  Our friend’s family has 4 kids, many of whom have a bad habit of getting carsick on roadtrips.  After a few too many car shampoos, they finally had the idea to bring a “barf bowl” and have it available to whomever might need it :-).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BXXOZJ7NUOXHNCQMRXP6LOT6FM Anonymous

    This one’s a bit gross, but it can save a lot of hassle.  Our friend’s family has 4 kids, many of whom have a bad habit of getting carsick on roadtrips.  After a few too many car shampoos, they finally had the idea to bring a “barf bowl” and have it available to whomever might need it :-).

  • Jordan

    Cool. Tip: always have a bag on M&M’s nearby.

  • Jordan

    Cool. Tip: always have a bag on M&M’s nearby.

  • Idiopathic

    Put a few bottles of water in the freezer. You can use them to keep things cold on your trip – including yourself. And, as they melt, you have nice cold water to drink.

  • Idiopathic

    Put a few bottles of water in the freezer. You can use them to keep things cold on your trip – including yourself. And, as they melt, you have nice cold water to drink.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hue.tang Hue Tang

    i’ve been using the tuneflex aux with the airclick in my car for years. it provided thousands of hours of music on my way to work, back home, and every other destination. i love that the tuneflex kept my ipod constantly charged and the airclick allows me to play/pause, skip forward/backward, and change volume without having to look at my ipod. since then i’ve been using griffin accessories for many more apple products.

    by the way, is the airclick is no longer available? just last week, it stopped working and i looked for a replacement but could not find one. i settled on ordering the inline remote called “navigate” as a suitable replacement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hue.tang Hue Tang

    i’ve been using the tuneflex aux with the airclick in my car for years. it provided thousands of hours of music on my way to work, back home, and every other destination. i love that the tuneflex kept my ipod constantly charged and the airclick allows me to play/pause, skip forward/backward, and change volume without having to look at my ipod. since then i’ve been using griffin accessories for many more apple products.

    by the way, is the airclick is no longer available? just last week, it stopped working and i looked for a replacement but could not find one. i settled on ordering the inline remote called “navigate” as a suitable replacement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1453350086 Sharon Hagel

    My road trip tip: make a game out of picking where you’re going.  Do coin tosses or something to really make an adventure out of it!

  • Nate

    Find the jack in your car, and try it out once when it’s not an emergency. Then you won’t be as stressed if you ever have to change your tire on the side of the road.

  • irrenmann

    Stop and look at anything that seems interesting. You might never find it again.

    Reach me by email (my name above@@aol:disqus .com)

    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1513287131 Mary Wright

    Pack Power Bars for a snack that will last for hours and give you a good protein boost for concentration. A Power Bar and a bottle of water and you are golden until your next stop for gas. 

  • frankNfl

    Always throw a couple of bottles of water in the trunk of the car in case of emergency overheating (for the car) or in the event of a total breakdown, for you, while you walk to / wait for help.

  • Toques Is_me

    BATHROOMS!!! xDD
    toques.is_me@rocketmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/uniqleyme Olina Chang

    ALWAYS map out bathrooms!! theres nothing like squeezing your bladder for the next 100 miles for the only reststop in the area!

  • http://twitter.com/MityDad Logan B.

    Besides having the piece of mind of some extra cash on hand, give yourself some extra time. Take that extra minute, drive the speed limit, relax. That’s my tip!

  • Jeremy

    Shuffle is the key to a good road trip.

  • Dmason48

    In our record-breaking heat especially, I always carry at least one 1-gallon jug of water.  Right now I have four of them in my car.  Helpful for a radiator, necessary if one is broken down and is waiting for help.  I wouldn’t leave home without these water jugs.

  • Muzik_man_73

    3 Kids + 1 portable DVD player=pleasant road trip
    muzik_man_73@yahoo.com

  • Delano Jennings

    The most obvious but least followed road trip tip is be prepared. Make sure to have your car inspected before leaving I.e. Change oil, check tires, make sure it will make the trip. Nothing worse than being stuck on side of road while in a road trip. But also, this is mainly for us men, bring a map but don’t be afraid or ashamed of asking for directions.

    Delrahim69@gmail.com

  • Jeff Skurkis

    Awesome!  Hope to have good luck with this one.  jskurkis@me.com

  • Anonymous

    Make sure you get your car tuned up before the road trip. The last thing you want is a car broken down in the middle of no where

  • http://wesleyk.me Wesley K.

    My roadtrips are all tech trips in the car. Keeping a laptop handy for local info and directions via google. Keeping a iPod on a goo artist or a good playlist via a cassete deck or aux input. Sit back and drive.

  • Anonymous

    Phones are great for having music available in your car or whereever you go.

  • Jo King

    leave contact information along with copies of your credit cards with someone trustworthy in case of emergency. If travelling out of the country include a copy of your passport.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronntaylor Ronn Taylor

    My tip? If it’s a very long road trip, make a couple stops along the way to refresh yourself.

  • Natalie U.

    you gotta always have snacks and we make sure we have an ice chest full of various soft drinks just in case, great music helps, and I always keep in eye on my hubby if he gets a little tired, I make him pull over and I drive. Pretzels and crackers are also a good thing to always bring in case of car sickness, they always doe the trick
    pedidentalasst@yahoo.com

  • Phillip white

    My tip is to have good friends and some good snacks with you.

    Pw285r@me.com

  • Daniel

    Always check your all your fluid levels before getting on the highway, the windshield washer is as important as the motor oil.
    despejel@lycos.com

  • Christie R.

    Take a side trip to a small town along the way

  • Kevin

    road trip tip # 1 – Whenever you stop, multitask.  Make that gas stop into a bathroom break, meal stop, leg stretch and phone a friend, all in one.  Whenever you’re on the road, one task, drive safe!

  • Timocus

    Hey, the iPad has Bluetooth. You could stream the music or sounds from the iPad to the car using the Bluetrip. Of course this works with iPhone or even android phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584651661 Launi Lewis

    Our perfect road trip ( which we will be taking end of this month) is going to be leaving our youngest daughter at home…… she is a senior this year so we are giving her a chance to be on her own. Of course she is having a girlfriend stay with her per my  rule. Oh and I have neighbors who plan to keep eye out too LOL

  • John S

    I always keep a small bag in my trunk of things I may need last minute on the road or a few basic tools should the need arise.

  • Jeff

    Bring snacks :)

  • Anonymous

    Always have everything within reach, snacks, drinks & camera!

  • Mdriftmeyer

    Make sure you have water, jumper cables, first aid kit, plenty of music, and a charged cell phone just in case. I don’t know who Murphy is but his law sucks!

  • Richard

    My tip: Make sure to get your car checked out before long roadtrips! Breakdowns are NO FUN! Having a cell phone or smartphone makes things way easier though if you do have problems!

  • Anonymous

    Good music is a must for any roadtrip long or short!!!

  • Justin Kang

    my tip? umm bring a phone and charger for emergencies, some snacks+drinks, lots of friends, cash for gas and other stuff, and heart of patience and adventure for those exciting times out in the road and those not-so-exciting times in jams… keep something entertaining, 1st aid kit, emergency car gear… mi-fi… hotel reservations… a Bible if the road trip’s on Sunday… 😀

  • http://twitter.com/OnlyMe3074 Carol

    My tip…Be prepared for emergencies!!! I carry bottles of water & packets of crackers or energy bars to keep in the car because you never know when a traffic back-up can happen where you’re stuck for hours! Make sure you carry a First Aid kit, flashlight & a blanket! Check to make sure the First Aid keep is well stocked before you leave on a trip.

  • http://twitter.com/OnlyMe3074 Carol

    My tip…Be prepared for emergencies!!! I carry bottles of water & packets of crackers or energy bars to keep in the car because you never know when a traffic back-up can happen where you’re stuck for hours! Make sure you carry a First Aid kit, flashlight & a blanket! Check to make sure the First Aid keep is well stocked before you leave on a trip.

  • Anonymous

    Take along a game or movie for the kids.

  • Waldemar

    I like to check for fuel costs (and ease of access to these) along the way, so that I’ve already mapped out my stopping points. I’m trying ethanol-free fuel right now (seems to be worth the cost/hassle in improved economy so far), so this is bit more complex.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/tRL9vbpt2Pl6lxLQ17fHmpUVWmPysSnMpYIriA--#c1ac6 pgl

    Sunflower seeds will help keep you alert and also dehydrate your body so you go to the bathroom less. chiba[at]charter[dot]net

  • Uzi Aram

    Good friends, good music and a camera!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8615380 Christine Thompson

    Road Trip Tip:  Always bring extra chargers with you and internet radio so you can expand your music collection.

  • Azcomm

    Always pack extra water, a blanket, and a cell phone charger on road trips.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abillclinton Tyler Hagy

    Always remember to bring some great friends to share the trip with!

    Email: hagyty01@luther.edu

  • http://www.facebook.com/ccompton Cindy Compton

    Make sure you have a camera, extra Griffin power supplies for your iDevices, music and movies on the iPhone and iPad, and buy drinks and snacks before you leave home (costs too much at gas stations and rest stops). I always check out where rest stops are ahead of time. A roadside emergency kit and first aid kit are essentials as well. Have fun and enjoy the ride!

  • Kyle Jung

    i gotta have beats pumpin for a road trip, its depressing otherwise

  • http://twitter.com/ilias_duyck Ilias Duyck

    Road Trip:
    1. loads of good music and make sure it’s no hassle to change.
    2. Have money or a phone to call in case of emergency or car damage/malfunction.
    3. Have enough to drink (not alcohol of course ^^)
    4. Take also something to eat. You need energy while driving for looong trips.
    5. Take a break now and then. Feels good to stretch your legs.
    6. Some good company can make the trip more fun!
    7. Have all this within hand-reach to minimize distraction.
    8. Arrive safely and enjoy!

    9.. repeat whenever you can

    http://twitter.com/ilias_duyck

  • http://twitter.com/chriscud cc

    Make sure to have an extensive contact list with you on your road trip in case of emergency .

  • http://twitter.com/mkjmc Katherine Persons

    Get some music, know your route and maybe a book by tape but just have fun~
    kathypersosn@yahoo.com

  • Leon M

    Always bring an extra set of shoes, you never know what you might step in when you stop by the wayside.

  • Pat

    Don’t camp in the Redwoods near Garberville, CA during the Reggae Festival unless you have earplugs!

  • Guszun

    Never lose sigth of the road.
    Guszun@gmail.com

  • Edwin R. Bonilla

    Looking forward to it! Thanks

  • Bryn B.

    Buy a $20 power inverter so you can charge your laptop as you go!

    bryn.bodayle@gmail.com

  • Jamesgudakunst

    I want to win that awesome prize

  • Andrew W

    The most important important part of any road trip (besides a nice collection of crunchy tunes) is your fellow trippers. Nothing can ruin a good time quite as much as being stuck in a box for hours on end with someone you just don’t agree with. Also, make sure you have a vehicle. That’s important too.

  • brian_k

    Road Trip Tip #1,279:   Create a playlist for your iPod and add just enough songs to it to last for the hours of your road trip, and play it on Shuffle once you get on the freeway.  Don’t forget to buy a car stereo that has a “front in” audio jack to make things easier on yourself.

  • http://twitter.com/GraciesView Laurie Canaday Cook

    I always make sure that I have plenty of baby wipes,water and plenty of munchies in case my car breaks down in some remote spot.And since Gracie,my dog,always goes with me,I also include her food,poop bags and treats.The trunk also has an emergency pack with blankets ect.I never leave home unprepared,I have watched too many TV programs about people stranded with no water and just a couple saltines.

  • kateh

    I travel a lot and the best tip I can provide is to have fresh fruit in the car to nibble on while you are driving…it is nutritious and sweet and won’t tire you out…also keep hand sanitizer in the car so you can clean up all the stickiness from the fruit!

  • Matthew Hofbauer

    Music or even audiobooks are great while driving, but remember to keep it at a reasonable level. Sight isn’t the only sense you use while driving, being able to hear car horns, sirens, screeching tires, etc could save your life or someone else’s!

  • Phlame

    Make time for bathroom stops and legg stretching.

    Always use hands free phone and music apps.

  • Linda Bundrick

    As a family with 4 children, we roadtrip alot.  My best tip for traveling with kids is to bring a dvd player, and headphones as well as an array of movies. 

  • Sameer

    I have a few tips. Pack snacks that won’t make you thirsty (reduce the number of pit stops for drinks and/or using the bathroom for all those drinks you consumed to quench your thirst). Also, because of the electrolytes, drinks like Gatorade and Powerade are beneficial because they help you prevent frequent trips to the rest room. Always have a charged iPod loaded with music for the ride, a transmitter so everyone in the car can enjoy, and make sure someone in the car is a AAA member in case of any emergencies.

  • http://infiniteshamrock.com mccarron

    I hadn’t heard of the BlueTrip Aux, and it’s something I always wished someone would make. I’ll have to check it out if I don’t win. 

  • pintworks

    keep a secret stash of money in the car. always have water, an emergency kit, extra clothing and blanket in the trunk. i ended up parking in front of a micro hotel that had no vacancy somewhere in new mexico. slept a good few hours before heading ‘cross country again. 

  • Carma

    my road trip tip is to load up on the snacks to prevent having to keep stopping along the way – plus it saves us big bucks as we travel and everybody is happy :-)

  • Yvonnelop1969

    Plenty of rest, plenty of music, lots of red bull and yournreadynfor your road trip.

  • http://twitter.com/buttmuffin Jules McNubbin

    cooler full of snacks and drinks…road trip playlist..hot man driving 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/auntfeffie13 Stephanie O’Neil Morris

    having small kids, dvd’s & LOTS of snacks are the way to go!  also, restaurant.com  they sell gift certificates for cheap!  i’ve gotten ones for local places & places on vacation for almost nothing.  a $25 cert is normally either $10/$15 depending on the place but there’s always codes out for 50%-80% off that.  so you could get a $25 cert for $2-$5.

  • http://twitter.com/joelolandesca Joel Olandesca

    My road trip tip: not only should you make sure your four tires are all properly inflated, but you should also make sure your spare tire is properly inflated as well….before you load the gear in if it’s stored under the trunk!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=56709808 Katherine McGehee

    I make sure all my electronic devices are fully charged, then I make sure all my bluetooth settings are working. bluetooth=safety
    kmcgehee@mac.com

  • Anonymous

    Sunflower Seeds and Monster Energy drinks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Doe/614483416 Pamela Doe

    looks great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Doe/614483416 Pamela Doe

    looks great!

  • Anonymous

    check everything on your car before leaving

  • http://twitter.com/gnuattitude Chris Etling

    My best road trip tip would be to use navigation that is built into your phone. I once used sprint navigation on a palm pre while it was plugged into my car stereo. I also had pandora running. Because of the phones multitasking I was able to listen to my favorite tunes then when it was time to turn Sprint navigation would interrupt my music to tell me where to turn. It was perfect and better than listening to the radio! 

  • http://thebearladyhaswords.blogspot.com/ TheBearlady

    Agood road trip tip would be, Subscribe by RSS Griffin technology so where ever the road or skies take you, you can always have a heads-up and not miss out on the latest at Griffin Tech and with Dave @ Griffin Tech.  Thanks for being Here!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lori.lyman lori lyman

    Great music and great company – that’s all you need for a great road trip!

  • Cathleen Clark

    Bring lots of fluids and snacks….even though you might need to make a few bathroom trips, everyone will be much more comfortable!  And….if you are traveling with new companions, figure out your “travel” style before hopping in the car….is the driver the type that won’t stop for bathroom breaks? The type that likes to weave in and out of cars and drive unsafely? The type that wants to stop at every roadside little attraction?  Compatibility is KEY to a great trip!  :)  (believe me, I found this out the hard way!)

    ladyoflarkspur@gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/lilmiss37 Amy C

    Dont leave home without a GPS so you dont get lost.

  • http://twitter.com/tq68 Lawrence Ponce

    If you have kids and a long way to go, a small cooler with cold drinks and snacks are essential.

  • Rick F

    I’ve always been a fan of Griffin’s products. Thanks!

  • Amber Weinberg

    Most important road trip tip ever – don’t forget to bring car chargers for the devices!

  • Amber Weinberg

    Most important road trip tip ever – don’t forget to bring car chargers for the devices!

  • Lex5finest

    my road trip tip is to always carry your cell phone charger in case of emergencies. if your phone dies, it will do you no good if the car charger is at home

  • Anonymous

    Tip: A pack of diaper wipes is a must have!

  • Anonymous

    If it’s a long trip, have all the belts checked on the car.  Thanks for the contest.
    Twitter: @Cindaddy:twitter

  • Jerry

    Count me in

  • Scoopster

    Make sure that you are well rested before the day’s drive. Take reasonable rest and relief breaks.

  • Sjg2001

    Road trip tip: Have as many This American Life episodes on your iPhone or iPod as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/VectoringMomma Toni Moore

    I travel with my two toddlers now, so my tip is bring tons of snacks and toys for them, basically bring the whole house, hehe! 😀 @VectoringMomma:twitter 

  • http://www.facebook.com/kari197046953 Kari Smith

    When we go on road trips, we like to go through back country and just look at fields, all the old barns and houses, just taking in the outdoors and nature. Its so much fun to see new and different things and how other people live. We stop, take pictures, and just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

  • Dleon84

    My trip tip: I recently traveled/moved from Miami, Fl to Los Angeles CA and I found that once you hit Texas, New Mexico, AZ and the Mojave Desert in CA you get zero signal on AT&T. The tip: verify signal availability and strength on the routes you’ll be taking in the case of an emergency. If there’s no signal in certain areas, get a world phone. You won’t regret having the phone in deserted areas.

  • Michael Gutierrez

    make sure you have your insurance car to date, and all the documents of the car, your driver license, need to have cash money and credit card

    email: michaelgutierrez4@gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/msmorev Maureen

    My road trip tip is to download the Trip journal app.  It is an amazing way to document your trip through trip tracking, recording, documenting and share with friends and family. It has features that include: Track your traveling route, Record waypoints, photos and notes, Trip Statistics, Google Maps, KMZ Export, Picasa, Flickr, and a Facebook Export A fantastic way to document your family memories.

  • Breandan Dezendorf

    $50 in cash for emergency gas. 

  • Kagan Yochim

    Have an unlimited cell data plan, and Pandora!

  • Aliya

    Inspect your car before leaving on the trip & make sure your car has a first aid kit, blankets, and water

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAppleGiveaways?feature=mhee Farhan

    OH what a great giveaway hope i win 

  • http://twitter.com/durstslovepens Crissy Durst

    Dont forget to take a multicharger, they are so handy and almost everything charges or can be charged from a USB, It is a must have on trips!

  • http://twitter.com/fallonbryce Fallonbryce

    Stay hydrated and always bring a camera!

  • Kevin_floria

    My Road Trip Tip is: Solar Chargers are cheaper than you think and even more helpful!

  • Shan Anderson

    Altoids cans, The round ones, make great way to contain your ear buds and charging cable on any adventure

  • http://twitter.com/helyn4 Helen Stockwell

    Road tips: Have your cell phone charged; battery cables, flashlight, water, first aid kit  and blanket in your truck for emergencies. I also try to avoid rest stops (not safe)… prefer to stop at restaurant (where there is a crowd).

    helyn4@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joan-Reyes/1194870930 Joan Reyes

    Make sure that you stop every two to three hours to stretch your legs and back, besides to set aside time for bathroom and coffee breaks.

  • soulfliesfree

    Never ever leave home without water. At least a gallon and carry trail mix or snacks. My car broke down and my phone died was stuck 9 hours in 100 degree weather having to walk a mile just to get food while my car was fixed. I will never leave without ample water to survive at least 24 hours ever again …in fact carry two gallons in case of passenger!

  • Tyler Regas

    There is a way to experience the most perfect road trip. First, get yourself a Saab, preferably no older than 1998 and a Turbo is essential. Second, select yourself at least 250 miles of twisty/scenic road (freeways are out). Third, make sure you iPod/iPad/iPhone is loaded up with tunes that increase your bloodflow. Fourth, resolve that, no matter what, you will enjoy yourself.

    All that’s left is to go. 

    [NOTE: Image courtesy AutoBlog’s Virtual Roadtrip feature. My Saab is a ’97 900S 2.3. Prior to that was a ’88 900 Turbo droptop.]

  • http://twitter.com/cknapp151 cknapp151

    Make sure you fill your car with music (fill up iphone/ipod library, grab cds) because not every town has “good radio stations.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=586254704 Wendy Thompson

    ICE your phone before you go….in case the unthinkable happened. (*In Case of Emergency contact listed). 

    If you are tired of course it’s ideal to stop. But since we know that doesn’t always happen…take off your right shoe. If your foot should begin to slip in a sleepy haze, you’ll likely feel it.

    And just breathe and enjoy the ride! 

    won2xx at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous

    A lot of my tips have been posted.  So, this one I guess, is a mom thing.  But, I always make sure I have a tub of wet wipes in the car.  They are great whether you have kids or not.  Not only are they handy for messy hands, but they are good for wiping sweaty brows, great if you have to make an emergency stop at a roadside bush and a million other things.  You would be surprised how often you use them once they are in the car.

  • Arvydas

    I echo all of the tips given so far, but always remember to ENJOY THE RIDE – it’s about the journey and not the destination.

    – Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LaCinda-Brooks/100001776806417 LaCinda Brooks

    Always bring your cell phone and extra blankets, a flashlight and maps in case your GPS isn’t working.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LaCinda-Brooks/100001776806417 LaCinda Brooks

    Always bring your cell phone and extra blankets, a flashlight and maps in case your GPS isn’t working.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanAhn Daniel Ahn

    Have a great music playlist. You don’t need to know the words, just the tune. The more people in your car that know it, the merrier. One time, we turned the music on, then turned it off and tried to see how well we knew it from the point where we turned it off. Recorded it, too! Good music and loud singing are also great cures to early signs of drowsiness (when you’re at the mild drowsiness, for goodness sake, pull over and sleep!)

    DAhn626@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanAhn Daniel Ahn

    Have a great music playlist. You don’t need to know the words, just the tune. The more people in your car that know it, the merrier. One time, we turned the music on, then turned it off and tried to see how well we knew it from the point where we turned it off. Recorded it, too! Good music and loud singing are also great cures to early signs of drowsiness (when you’re at the mild drowsiness, for goodness sake, pull over and sleep!)

    DAhn626@gmail.com

  • Shoaib20695

    A rope comes handy especially when u want to do some off roading too. And do take fish catching appratus if a lake is on the way. Other useful things are

    A pillow , u wil knw its importance when u sleep on seat.
    Air freshner, kids…..lolz
    Mobile Car chargers
    Dnt forget ur sunglasses and sunblock cream cz d sun sumtimes shines just too much
    Wear slipper or walkers

    I hope these are helpful fr u guys

    Shoaib20695@yahoo.com

    Shoaib20695@yahoo.com

  • Shoaib20695

    A rope comes handy especially when u want to do some off roading too. And do take fish catching appratus if a lake is on the way. Other useful things are

    A pillow , u wil knw its importance when u sleep on seat.
    Air freshner, kids…..lolz
    Mobile Car chargers
    Dnt forget ur sunglasses and sunblock cream cz d sun sumtimes shines just too much
    Wear slipper or walkers

    I hope these are helpful fr u guys

    Shoaib20695@yahoo.com

    Shoaib20695@yahoo.com

  • Venkat Prasanna

    First things first. One has to pack his/her earphones and ipod in order to get groovy 😉 Then, one must have a google/sunglasses and a sweatshirt/jacket in order to get protected from hot sun and cool rain :-) There’s nothing wrong in enjoying rain, so one can drench a little in rain! Finally, don’t believe in ATM’s, keep adequate funds in hand, in order to have a plesant travel.. Happy travelling to one and all :-)

  • Venkat Prasanna

    First things first. One has to pack his/her earphones and ipod in order to get groovy 😉 Then, one must have a google/sunglasses and a sweatshirt/jacket in order to get protected from hot sun and cool rain :-) There’s nothing wrong in enjoying rain, so one can drench a little in rain! Finally, don’t believe in ATM’s, keep adequate funds in hand, in order to have a plesant travel.. Happy travelling to one and all :-)

  • Saraminda

    Well if the kids are involved..make sure they have their ipods..pack of lots of snacks and drinks in the cooler. If you have a GPS take that along too. Playing games with the kids will also be helpful.

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  • Tdaniel3

    Pack a small suitcase for the hotels on the road, a bigger one for your destinations. Why carry heavy suitcase for a night?

  • Anonymous

    Flashlight, baby wipes & paper towels!

  • http://twitter.com/Lunachique Andrea W.

    Make sure to get your oil and fluids checked if you know you haven’t done it in a while. Bring lots of gingersnaps if you’re going to traveling winding roads to stave off motion sickness.

  • http://www.LuminousAdventures.com Lucia

    always  bring more water than you think you need, and healthy snacks since it’s so hard to find anything other than fast food on the road.

  • Derek M

    We always do mini-frozen and un-frozen water bottles when were on long trips, and Eco-friendly Cantines for in-town trips.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000846347861 Genny Hempstead

    When you go on a long road trip, always travel with someone who is handy with fixing a car if you can! That way, if you break down, the handy friend can stop by a nearby junkyard & get you all back on a the road again! 😉

  • http://twitter.com/WirelessHotShot Kyler Briskey

    My tip: Take extra underwear for those surprises. :)

    starter89@live.com

  • Blazey07

    jumper cables, bottled water, snacks, music, spare tire,jack,blanket if its winter, did i say snacks gotta have snacks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000846347861 Genny Hempstead

    When you go on a long road trip, always travel with someone who is handy with fixing a car if you can! That way, if you break down, the handy friend can stop by a nearby junkyard & get you all back on a the road again! 😉

  • Evic

    If you have kids on a road trip make sure to Jave activities for them and know all kid friendly exits 😉

  • Anonymous

    I take road trips to new York from Ma monthly and my road trip tip is to organize your bag so you know where everything is without taking your eyes off the road

  • http://twitter.com/gracepap Grace P.

    Get off the interstates!  Drive on local, rural roads…The only way to experience the true America.  Great folks, great food, lots of fun photos!

  • Ctanytime

    Always bring music, refreshing drinks, advil (or what ever you prefer) and toilet paper. The last on the list is good as tissue for nose blowing and if at a rest stop that hasn’t been serviced yet

  • Witatter

    Best thing to bring on a road trip? Not a “thing” but a good friend! Makes for a great trip.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Becky-Lax/100000471726456 Becky Lax

    Make sure you bring a really good friend.

  • http://twitter.com/SpecializedMTBK Steven Cox

    Pack Some Cash:Power and Internet outages can keep businesses from takingyour plastic.  Roadside stands have delicious fruits and vegetables, but seldom take cards.  Always be sure to pack a little extra cash !

  • http://twitter.com/SpecializedMTBK Steven Cox

    Pack Some Cash:Power and Internet outages can keep businesses from takingyour plastic.  Roadside stands have delicious fruits and vegetables, but seldom take cards.  Always be sure to pack a little extra cash! (slide attached)

  • Heather Henley

    I always pack baby wipes and a towel.  My 4 year old always manages to have a messy disaster in the back seat – even when I think there are no messy disaster inducing items to be had.  These items have saved the trip’s comfort and sanity MANY times.

  • Nikki

    Ask locals about their favorite places to eat, drink and play.  We’ve always had the BEST adventures that way!

  • Shari

    If you plan on using your cellphone bring an extra charged battery and don’t forget your phone charger.

  • Laura O

    I make sure my iPod is fully charged

  • Bessamy

    Box of tissues and wet wipes are helpful on a trip.

  • Anonymous

    My necessities for road trips (vacation or out-of-town gigs): Coffee, beef jerky, and some podcasts loaded up on my iPod/MP3 player.

  • Richardpeterson93

    Always bring an emergency kit!

  • http://twitter.com/tq68 Lawrence Ponce

    check the air pressure in the spare and bring a cell phone

  • Julien Nadeau

    Get something to snack on, a bunch of new music and enjoy the scenery !

  • Tmreasoner

    Put a wet facecloth or washcloth in a ziploc bag with some ice cubes.  Great to have when you need to cool off, wipe your face and arms to wake up, or in case someone gets sick or injured.  When it’s hot out, stash it in an insulated lunchbag or ice chest to keep it cool and refreshing!

    tmreasoner at yahoo period com

  • Aaronwda

    Always keep mints in the car. When you start feeling tired mints keep you awake and your breathe smells fantastic!

  • http://twitter.com/macfixer Kyle DeMilo

    Tips: Gas up the night before a trip.
    Leave before rush hour.
    Pack light, and don’t forget all of your AC chargers for your devices!

  • Anonymous

    My road trip tip is to always know where you are going, don’t be afraid to ask for directions, and keep that cellphone full charged! zankabo@msn.com

  • Tim

    Tip: Have someone by your side to keep you awake by talking to you, he/she can also take over the wheel when you are too tired to go on.

  • http://twitter.com/besakof Benjamin Esakof

    My tip is to always always use a GPS!

  • Trifster

    My best road trip suggestion is to secure and mount your iPhone in a WindowSeat mount before you start driving including any hands free cables you may have. Power up for the super long trips. And in case of drives across the desert (Southwest US) have plenty of locally stored music, podcasts or audiobooks for the ride.

    Reach me on twitter @trifster

    trifster at gmail dot com

  • Mike

    My Road trip is over to Door County for family fun.

  • Nancy Reid

    With all the scorching heat this summer I make it a point to always have water or liquid refreshments in the car if I am going to be traveling through any isolated areas

  • http://www.nutritiousfeast.com Dina

    My travel tip: Bring a cooler with cold water and a lot of healthy snacks so you don’t have to stop at fast food restaurants for unhealthy meals.

  • Ladyboarder9669

    Pack light. Pack things that can be used for multiple things.

    Ladyboarder9669(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Marcus Snyder

    Pack healthy snacks to keep you going – sugar crashes won’t get you too far. Also, choose your co-pilot wisely 😉

    marcus.a.snyder [at] gmail.com

  • Jeffw78

    I have to make sure I have a full tank and a charger. Because the kids always want to play games on my iPhone when on the road

  • http://www.facebook.com/aired Ed Hash

    Make sure the FBOs are open when you plan to arrive.

  • joannaonthelake

    We learned from our past road trips that our cell phones do not always work, even if we are not in remote areas, we may just not be reaching cell phone towers that work well with our carriers.  So we supplement our cell phones with pre-paid phone cards, just in case we need to connect with someone, someplace, etc. for some reason.  We were in New Mexico, going along the Rio Grande, trying to make a hotel reservation in Taos and our cell phone died on us.  Luckily we had our pre-paid phone cards handy, we stopped a small diner, used their pay phone and was able to get our hotel booked.  This is just an example of why you should play it safe, especially when you are traveling with young children, you don’t want to be without a way to communicate should an emergency happen.  I saw so many amazing tips, I hope this is not one already mentioned.  If so, I apologize, there are too many to go thru each one to make sure it is unique!  Thanks so much for the chance to enter.  I am also following you on twitter and I tweeted, I’m @joannaonthelake  I have also LIKED you on FB!

  • Shawna O.

    If on your Road Trip, you’ll be going through a Big City Like New York or Los Angeles, it will be very helpful if you have access to timely traffic information via a good traffic app on your smartphone or satellite radio.
    Thank You for the chance to win.    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com@ShawnaMichelle2

  • http://twitter.com/MissingLynxx MissingLynxx

    Road Trip Tips? Good company, good snacks and water! Along with great tunes!

  • http://profiles.google.com/anissagooch anissa gooch

    Bring plenty of good music and snacks!  @goochin

  • Dgossage1

    My road trip tip would be always have enough new music to last you the whole trip.

  • Anonymous

    My tip is to do your research and have a plan or a schedule and try to stick to it the best you can because it is very easy to get off track on a road trip.

  • Lee-Anne

    bring an amusement bag for the kids-  Things to do, snacks, drinks, books on tape.  Cuts down on “are we almost there?”
    blueyes801@yahoo.com.

  • http://twitter.com/skeetersden Debbie Bashford

    munchies, a thermos of coffee and good tunes

  • Mike

    My main tip would be to ensure you are fully prepared with enough maps so you don’t waste time getting lost.  I’ve used a few iPhone GPS apps and rely heavily on apps that done use any data while traveling due to international data charges, so get something like Offmaps or CityMaps 2Go and download all the maps and travel info you need before you leave

  • http://twitter.com/diamondslady812 cynthia

    food and conversation

  • http://twitter.com/skeetersden Debbie Bashford

    munchies, a thermos of coffee and lots of good tunes

  • Casey Gavette

    #1 raod trip tip for my family…iPad :)

  • http://twitter.com/mellanhead Jeannine Mellan

    invest in a portable dvd player

    mellanhead74 at hotmail.com

  • Jeff

    For my road trips I make sure the iPod is loaded up with some tasty tunes and my cooler is stocked with some tasty snacks and drinks. 😀

  • Anonymous

    What I’ve found helps the most for road trips is to make multiple day long playlists so you will never run out of music or hear the same song again!

  • http://twitter.com/mkjmc Katherine Persons

    Make sure there is something to always occupy your kids to avoid the “Are we there yet”

  • http://www.facebook.com/wnnorman Neil Norman

    Stop every 2 hours and stretch your legs!

  • Jeremy

    On long road trips (multiple days) make sure you plan a few things to do along the way. This breaks up the long hours in the car.
    If you have a notebook/netbook/tablet make sure to bring tons of movies to entertain those in the back seat, and plenty of music on your favorite mp3 player for those in the front.

  • MCJunkie

    My road tip is watch the road. To many drivers apply their makeup, brush their teeth, play with the radio and for god sake stay off that cell and do not tweet or text. Listen, safety first at all measures! Don’t be paying attention to bikini driver girl, watch that highway. I’ve seen way to much distraction on the roadways for you not to care. Bring yourself and your family back home alive and enjoy your trip. @MCJunkie