My Road Trip Playlist

Road Trip Tips & The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

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This weekend is Labor day weekend which I know means some end of summer road trips for a lot of you. So I wanted to share with you some of my personal tips to have a fun and safe road trip.

Limit Your Beverages

Nothing can make a road trip drag on like having to keep stopping  to go to the bathroom. It really just ruins the groove of the road. I know as someone who has a tiny bladder and still drinks about 15 gallons of water a day how annoying this is. My advice is try to limit it to one drink and sip it throughout the day.

Bring Snacks

I don’t know why but whenever I’m on long drives my sweet tooth kicks in! Okay I guess it’s really my sour tooth as I am a huge sour candy fan.

My favorites car snacks:

Sour Punch Kids

Trolli Sour Bite Crawlers

Beef Jerky

Skinny Popcorn

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Test Your Tires

You want to blow off steam not blow out your tires. Before hopping on the road run over to your local tire shop and get your tires checked out. Tires can go from okay to dangerous pretty quickly. I have no partnership with Discount Tire but I just have to say I love them! I know most locations offer a free tire air check and they will even tell you if your tires are starting to go out. Find one near you to get your wheels tested before you hit the road.

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Bring Shades

You know that awesome feeling when you’re on the road listening to great tunes with great company and the sun is your eyes? Be sure your view isn’t obstructed don’t forget your favorite shades.

Sing Loud and Proud

Whether it’s 2 hours or 10, great tunes are essential for a successful road trip.

I for one am a huge music fan and consider myself pretty complex, one day I might be listening to Selena Gomez, the next I might be jamming out to Selena, the fallen Tejano star. You may be shocked to hear this but I am a bit of a control freak and the same goes for the car radio. I did go on one mini road trip this summer and the rule, my car my iPod, my music.

So here is my list of top road trip songs for your listening pleasure.

If  You Seek Amy- Brittany Spears  

Again I Go Unnoticed- Dashboard Confessional

Strange Love- Halsey

Bailando- Enrique Iglesias

Bye Bye Bye- N’sync

Which to Bury Us or the Hatchet- Relient K

Welcome To My House- Flo Rida

Harden My Heart-Quarterflash

The Cure- Tegan and Sara

I Knew You Were Trouble- Taylor Swift

Honey- Mariah Carey

La Ve Boeheim- Rent Soundtrack

Drunk In Love- Beyonce

SOS- Rihanna

I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston

Anything From the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack

You’re So Last Summer- Taking Back Sunday

I Think I’m In Love- Jessica Simpson

How Will I Know- Whitney Houston

Strange Love- Halsey

So any big Labor Day weekend plans? What are some things you take on all your road trips?What is your go-to travel snack? Tell me in the comments.



  1. candy

    Really liking Brittany Spears song, wasn’t sure I would, happy surprise.

  2. Cori

    I love your playlist! We view road trips as a time to splurge on snacks we don’t allow ourselves to have often.

  3. Michelle Rogers

    Snacks are a must for me in the car! I love granola bars, but they’re pretty messy so it’s not the ideal snack but I do it anyway 😀

  4. Brittany

    roadtrips are my favorite i’m bookmarking this!

  5. kp

    I love a good road trip. I haven’t been on one yet this year 🙁

    Not drinking too much is definitely a good piece of advice. I have a really small bladder too, and it’s not nice to have to stop and pee in a bush, haha!

  6. Jenny

    Turo sounds interesting. I may have to give it a try.

    xoxo, Jenny

  7. Sarah

    These are all great tips! And you and I have a very similar taste in music (ie: amazing)! Pitch Perfect Forever!

  8. Kiara

    I laughed so much when I read, “anything from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack” because it’s SO TRUE! Thanks so much for sharing these tips are you playlist.

  9. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    I love how eclectic your playlist is! That’s like me, I like all kinds of different music, lol.

  10. Valerie

    Lol. The perfect mix of snack s and I can just picture pulling out to Bye, Bye, Bye playing on the radio.

  11. Serena

    I’ve never been on a road trip but it’s something I’d like to do at some point.

  12. Jennifer Hamra

    haha! This is a fun road trip playlist. I love having good music when I’m traveling. My husband most always checks the tires and the trip isn’t complete without my favorite shades and snacks! Great travel tips!

  13. Chasa Fulkerson

    I am all over the not drinking while on a road trip. I try to only take in little sips because if I start drinking that’s about 3 stops already. lol Great tips! Great music list!

  14. Katie

    For some reason, beef jerky always hits the spot on a road trip… I never eat it, unless I am traveling!!

    No travel plans this labor day weekend, but we did have a couple road trips earlier this summer, and we loved listening to audiobooks. We’d alternate listening to the book with music, and it really helped break up the trip.

  15. Brittany

    Loving your road trip playlist suggestions! I haven’t heard “I think I’m in love” by Jessica Simpson in ages! Off to youtube I go….

  16. Dia

    Haha the funny part is I randomly thought of it and downloaded it one day.

  17. Dia

    Haha yes!

  18. Dia

    I love listening to audio books but I normally only do it if I’m in the car alone.

  19. Dia

    I am the same way!

  20. Dia

    Good Hubby you have!

  21. Dia

    I hope you get to and even the smallest ride can be a road trip 🙂

  22. Dia

    It’s like a crossroads throwback lol

  23. Dia

    It’ just so good!

  24. Dia

    Right you have to mix it up!

  25. Dia

    Haha I have been there KP/

  26. Dia

    I like the first movie the best but the music so much yes.

  27. Dia

    You trip, your snack choice! 🙂

  28. Dia

    I hope it helps 🙂

  29. Dia

    She is fun!

  30. Dia

    That sounds like the perfect idea.

  31. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    Yes, snacks and music are a must on any road trip. My go to snack is usually a can of chips. For music I listen to rock, either from satellite radio or from my phone.

  32. Dia

    I bet some good rock keeps you awake on the drive.

  33. Loren

    LOVE your playlist! I can’t help but belt out a few of those when they come on the radio! 🙂 xo Loren

  34. Debra Schroeder

    Nice take on the traditional road trip tips. LOL on “sing it loud and proud.” I’m traveling for Labor Day. Anything chocolate is my go-to snack. 🙂

  35. Marcie W.

    These are all great things to consider before embarking on a road trip. I don’t think I could survive for hours on the road without a variety of snacks and a ton of good music.

  36. Lynn

    Yay! I love your snack list and playlist. Britney Spears’ songs never fade (*clears throat* -an avid fan here.. lol) awesome tips! Have a safe trip!

  37. Taria Shondell

    I love the diversity in your tunes play list! I love a great playlist also! It makes time go by fast, you can reminisce about where you were when that particular song came out and you can just rock out! I will be adding some of the songs on your list!
    Thank You!

  38. Michelle

    I work for a travel company and I think this would be a great post to feature on our blog! Let’s connect on email! Mine personal email is Hope to hear from you soon!

  39. Angie Scheie

    I took a lot of road trips this summer and this would’ve been perfect! I’m definitely planning on using next year!

  40. Mandi

    LOVE your throwback playlist! So fun

  41. Sky

    I did a road trip from Pennsylvania to Tennessee this summer so I can definitely agree with all of these points! The only thing is that I do drink a lot of water because it forces me to stop which is good because driving can make me very tired. I LOVE the playlist – I listened to Halsey for most of my road trip because I was heading to Bonnaroo to see her perform.

  42. Dia

    Jealous! Oh yeah that’s a long drive I don’t blame you. My knee starts hurting if I don’t stretch it out every 3 hours

  43. Dia

    Thanks 🙂

  44. Dia

    Hope ou enjoy 🙂

  45. Dia

    No prob Taria. Safe travels.

  46. Dia

    Love skittles!

  47. Dia

    I don’t have any planned right now. We took one the weekend of the 4th.

  48. Dia

    I had a truck with no radio and for long drives I’d still sing my heart out.

  49. Dia

    Have an amazing trip!

  50. Dia

    Sing it girl!

  51. Dia

    I agree!

  52. Ashley J.

    That playlist is def made for singing too!

  53. Liz

    Yay road trips! I always make a play list for Labor Day trips too. Nice mix 🙂

  54. Dia

    Thanks 🙂

  55. Dia

    Haha yes!

  56. candy

    Music is very important on a car trip, but we always seem to eat a ton of snacks. Beef jerky is hubby go to, while I love the chex mix.

  57. Dia

    Love beef jerky but it hurts my teeth 🙁

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