As many of you know I regularly go on road trips with my writer friend, Linda. We are going to Wainwright and Elk Water this trip round. Our essentials for any road trip, whether long or short are as follows:
In-car essentials are:
My road trip book to write down the road numbers, towns and counties we travel through. Linda has her raid atlas to mark out the roads we travel on. Bird and flora identification books, blankets, emergency kit, shovel, trolley, chargers, camera, sunglasses. Also a bag for trash and water bottles. And of course lots of snacks! They are a must for travel energy after all.
Our accommodation requirements are:
A desk (or two) and two comfortable chairs, a nice view, and a kettle! (I need my tea). Comfortable beds, ample lighting, space to spread out our things. Kitchenette, or microwave and fridge, and a good shower.
Our trip essentials are:
Lap tables, laptops, notebooks, pens, current writing projects, reading material, chargers, extension cords and power-bar (there are never enough power points), cell phones, camera, back-up drives.
Comfortable clothes (layering is essential), good socks, jackets, walking shoes/boots, slippers. Insect repellent and sunscreen. Eye glasses and ear plugs, a bottle of wine and easy meal suppers, and tea bags (Okay, I’m English teabags are a must!)
As we take our furry companions too, their essentials include, leashes, car harnesses, towels, beds, bowls, food and treats.
Over the years our routine has evolved into a well oiled machine. We are comfortable in silence and respect each others creativity and time to just create and enjoy the wonders we encounter. Photographs are a must and we share them extensively.
Having time to let our writing Muse gather and cultivate new ideas, allows us to start, progress, or even finish writing projects.
My projects for this trip include trying to complete the editing of my western romance, Willow Tree Tears, decide on the cover image for the Rython series prequel, Malgraf’s Dawning (if the illustrator has images for me!), finish reading my current book and start a new one (I have to keep my Goodreads Challenge going), and most of all enjoy the companionship, exploring, doggie walks, and rest with a good friend.
What are your road trip essentials?