Spring is FINALLY here! March 20th marks the first day of spring and trust us, we’re just as excited as you are. Gear up for ideal temps, sunglasses, cropped denim, blooming flowers, and (best of all) road trips! What’s the most important item to cross off your road trip packing list? The playlist! Our worst nightmare would be out on the open road relying on the FM radio to guide us across the country. Lucky for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips to create the perfect playlist for your trip.
1. Aim to Please
This might be one of the most important tips that we can give for playlist creation. You want to choose songs that are going to put everyone in a great mood. You do NOT want to choose songs that will make you dread the 15 hours left in your squished car ride with everyone complaining about your musical selections. It’s fine to throw your own jams into the mix, but don’t forget a few 90’s, feel-good, sing along songs so that your friends can feel like they helped assemble the playlist (even though we’ll totally give you full credit)!
2. Songs for the Weather
This is so important when crafting the perfect road trip playlist. The best way to describe this scenario is with a song like “Linger” by The Cranberries. If you’re expecting heavy rain and inclement weather during your travels, do NOT include this song on your playlist. Chances are that your fellow car-mates will be dying to turn the car around and head home before thesecond verse. If you included “Linger” on the playlist and you’re expecting sunny skies, it’s sure to be a huge hit.
3. The Worth of Instrumental Tracks
Just ask Mariah Carey, it’s pretty hard to belt out every song in a given set list for more than one hour at a time. Even the divas need a break. To truly emphasize the greatness of your carefully selected songs, throw an instrumental track on there every once in a while. LCD Soundsystem, anything recorded at the Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers, Explosions In the Sky, and RJD2 are all great choices.
Don’t forget to put your playlist on shuffle! Chances are that your songs won’t be as amazing if they’re all in alphabetical order. Shuffle the tracks to make sure that everything plays in a perfectly disorganized list.
Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to Instagram till your phone runs out of battery!