The Road Trip Soundtrack Essentials

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I love a good road trip. Windows down, tunes pumping and going on an adventure with friends is always my idea of a good time. Over the last few years, I’ve found myself driving a bit more than flying. With friends & family scattered between Florida, Georgia & Alabama, I’m often going somewhere at least once a month.

Now as much as I love music, I can get bored fairly quickly if I don’t have a big playlist or other options for my trip. So, today I wanted to share my road trip soundtrack essentials. Here are the things to keep you entertained whether your car journey is 1 hour or 10.


I honestly don’t know how I functioned for long car rides before spotify. Well, I do. I rocked a fully loaded ipod in my car and play music roulette. But these days I save that ipod to keep Bear company when I’m out and about.

If you aren’t listening to daily mixes, I’d highly recommend it. They are customized based on what you listen to regularly. Also, they don’t end. My genres tend to be a little all over from instrumental to country to pop but it’s great for when I just want to hit play and not thing about it.

Another great option is to check out some to the pre-made mixes on there. There is an entire travel section for you to check out. Some of my favorites are Songs to Sing in the Car, Classic Roadtrip Songs, and Morning Commute.

Or you can even make your own mixes. I do this monthly for my workouts. Feel free to follow along here. But it’s a great way to put all your favorite songs in one giant playlist.


This has become a thing for me more recently. There are so many podcasts out there and they are free! I’ve been on the road this week and I’m currently working my way through Anna Faris is Unqualified. Every episode is different and I find myself laughing so much. It’s the best way to pass the time. I’m also loving At Home With. . .┬áIt’s a new podcast created by 2 of my favorite Youtubers. You can’t go wrong with either of them.


When I was on the road a bit over the holidays, audiobooks were my best friend. They helped pass the time and kept me entertained for several hours at a time. If you’re looking for recommendations Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can*, Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody*, and Tina Fey’s Bossypants are all wonderful.

Audible* is a great way to listen and if you’re new you get your first book for free! You can also check with your local library to see if they have an e-library. Because I travel so much I don’t like to check out books in person I know I may not have time to return. With an online library, there’s no hard copy to worry about and you can take it with you anywhere. It’s also a great way to listen to free audiobooks.

Download Movies or TV Shows

Before we all streamed data constantly or even had the apps to do it, I would take movies along in the car to listen to. If I’ve seen it before, it was like a 2 hour long audio book with lots of voices. I can’t tell you how many times I listened to Harry Potter driving home from college.

Luckily, we all have netflix, hulu and amazon apps at our fingertips. Downloading a show and listening to it can be a change up from the normal car ride vibes. No data streaming to worry about and hours of entertainment ready to go!


What are some of your favorite ways to keep yourself entertained on a long car ride? Do you have any go to playlists or methods? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

I hope that these ideas will help you stay energized and enjoy your next car ride. And if you start listening to Anna Faris is Unqualified tweet me and let me know. I’m obsessed!

For now, I’m off on my next weekend adventure. Check out my instagram stories to follow along. And check back here next week for a vlog of my trip.

Until next time



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