1. Find a good radio station.
If you're like me, you have Sirius XM radio in your car, and you'll be in love on a long road trip. We found Tom Petty Radio as a limited engagement station, and we have been rocking out this entire trip. Plus, we've learned a lot of really cool Tom Petty stories. Did you know he loves Herman's Hermits? Anyway, you can also find some cool stuff on NPR. When in doubt, I suggest downloading your favorite podcasts and listening to those. We did Pop Culture Happy Hour for the first few hours of our trip.
2. Stop frequently.
You need to stretch pretty frequently. We're doing 8 hour days, and I'd say we stop no less than 4 or 5 times along the way. We're also in the middle of nowhere Texas currently so I suggest stopping for a bathroom when you see civilization and not just when you need it. Last night we ran into a sign that said 47 miles to the next restroom. Now imagine if you hadn't gone to the bathroom in the town prior to that, because you just didn't have to go THAT bad.
3. Pack snacks.
We went over this one before, but I feel it's worth reiterating. You will not get hungry at the same time as your travel companion, and in most cases your travel companion won't be as accommodating as my husband. I've been there and done that folks. So be sure to pack snacks!!!!
4. Silence is an option.
You don't have to always be chatting up your travel companion. I mean I slept for a good half an hour yesterday. You can just enjoy the scenery. If you're not traveling with someone with whom you are comfortable being silent then you are probably traveling with the wrong people.
5. Pack light.
You'll be stopping frequently for one night stays on long road trips so be sure to pack light, or at least pack everything you'd need for each of those nights in one bag. You don't want to have to unpack the entire car at each stop.