How to have an amazing couple’s road trip

For diehard adventurers like William and me, the lure of the open road is an insatiable itch that can only be scratched by hitting the highway. Couple’s road trips aren’t just a way to travel – they’re a lifestyle, a mindset, a journey into the unknown that forges unbreakable bonds and lasting memories.

Our obsession with the road life began when William slid into the passenger seat and said, “Alright, you’re driving today.” From those first heart-pounding moments behind the wheel to the endless miles we’ve devoured together, the car has become our home away from home, a sacred space where we can truly be ourselves.

Sure, we could take the easy route – hop on a plane, catch a train, or follow someone else’s rigid schedule. But where’s the fun in that? For us, the magic happens when we toss caution to the wind, pack up our trusty ride, and let the road be our guide. One minute, we’re chasing the horizon towards a far-flung destination; the next, we’re veering off the beaten path, drawn by the siren call of a quirky roadside attraction or a hidden natural wonder.

That’s the beauty of couple’s road trips – they’re an adrenaline-fueled choose-your-own-adventure, where every twist and turn promises new discoveries, new challenges, and new opportunities to grow closer as a couple. So, buckle up and get ready to embrace the ultimate road-tripping lifestyle with our awesome guide to the most epic couple’s adventures on wheels.

Let’s hit the road, lovers!

Things to Do on a Couple’s Road Trip:

The best memories made on any trip are usually made on the journey, not just at the destination. Here are some fun things to do to make the time pass by on a couple’s road trip.

Snack

Snacking is an essential part of any epic couple’s road trip adventure. No one wants to deal with a hangry partner trapped in a confined space! That’s why we always make sure our car is fully stocked with a variety of snacks before hitting the road. The Dollar Tree is our best friend when it comes to affordably loading up on road trip snacks. We make sure to have a good balance of sweet and salty treats to satisfy both our cravings – I’m all about the crispy, savory chips while William has more of a sweet tooth.

But road tripping isn’t just about indulging in junk food. We also pack plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to keep us feeling energized and not weighed down. After all, no one wants to feel sluggish and gross after days of living off greasy chips and candy bars. Our pro tip is to eat at least one proper meal per day, usually grabbing breakfast from the car’s stash, then snacking throughout the day, and capping it off with a hearty sit-down dinner at a local restaurant. That said, eating 2-3 decent meals per day helps us snack less and feel more full overall.

With our snack strategy dialed in, we’re set for constant snacking and zero hangry fights! Doesn’t matter if it’s a 2-hour or 12-hour drive, snacks are CRUCIAL for any kick-ass road trip. Just be ready to vacuum out all those crumbs later!

Listen to Music and Podcasts

No proper couple’s road trip is complete without some epic driving tunes. There’s nothing quite like bonding over belting out those cheesy favorites at the top of your lungs with the windows rolled down. For us, that usually means crooning along to classic oldies from William’s favorites like The Beatles, Elvis, and Johnny Cash.

But even the most fire playlist can get stale after hour upon hour on the road. That’s when we switch gears to podcasts – the perfect remedy for road trip audio fatigue! Podcasts are a fun way to stay entertained and engaged. We love finding interesting episodes, then hitting pause whenever something piques our curiosity to dive into impromptu discussions and conversations. A couple of our go-to’s are “Rise Together” with Rachel and Dave Hollis for inspiration, and “Dear Hank and John” for quirky comedy.

To keep things fresh, we make sure to have different audio options queued up. That could mean swapping between William’s oldies playlist and my modern hits for music. Or cycling through podcasts spanning different genres and topics. Having that variety helps us avoid listening fatigue.

Another must? Playing road trip games centered around the audio! “Guess That Song” is a classic that lets us put our musical knowledge to the test. For extra fun, we each make a “stump the partner” playlist featuring our most obscure guilty pleasure jams. And of course, we have to have a Disney singalong sesh at some point because, well, it’s Disney!

With a continuous audio stream providing the soundtrack for our journey, the miles just fly by. The right podcast, playlist, or game makes any drive an absolute blast.

Read Books

While music and podcasts are great road trip companions, sometimes you just want to get lost in a good old-fashioned book. For us book-lovers, no couple’s road trip is complete without packing a book or two – whether that’s physical books to read aloud or entertaining audiobooks to listen to together.

There’s something special about having the passenger read out loud as the miles go by. It becomes this cozy shared experience where we get transported to different worlds and eras through the power of storytelling. We’ve tag-teamed our way through beloved book series like The Chronicles of Narnia and are currently journeying through Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians books.

With one person driving and the other reading aloud, the reader can really go all out with the performance – doing different voices for various characters and adding dramatic flair. It makes even simple drives feel like magical literary odysseys.

If taking turns reading isn’t your style, audiobooks are another great book option for road trips. You can get lost in full-cast audio productions or listen to your favorite novels narrated by talented voice actors. Audiobooks allow you both to be swept away without having to take your eyes off the road.

Packing reading material (or queueing up some audiobooks) is an absolute must for book-loving road trippers like us. After all, real adventures are great…but imaginary ones aren’t bad either!

Talk

With our busy, overscheduled lives, it’s rare to have long stretches of uninterrupted time to simply talk and connect. That’s what makes road tripping such a transformative experience for couples. When you’re trapped in a car for hours on end, you’re forced to revive the lost art of great conversation.

On the road, we’ve found ourselves uncovering new layers about each other that might have otherwise remained buried under the chaos of daily life. With no distractions except the scenery whizzing by, we can truly be present as we discuss everything from reminiscing about old memories to revealing inner hopes and dreams for the future.

Sometimes the conversation flows so naturally, with one topic leading into the next in an endless stream of sharing. Other times, we need a little jump start. That’s when we turn to thought-provoking questions to get the dialogue flowing:

  • What overseas location would you most like for us to visit together?
  • What would be your ideal getaway for a long weekend?
  • If you could go back in time before you were born, what period of history would you choose?
  • If you inherited 10 million dollars, what would you buy first after paying bills/debt?
  • In what way are you most like one of your parents?
  • What two words would you use to describe my values?
  • What talent do you really wish you had?
  • What ideas do you have about how we could improve our “couple time” together?
  • What made you decide to ask me out on our first date?
  • What are the first two adjectives that come to mind about our relationship?
  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
  • What is something you didn’t want to do that turned out amazingly?

With these thoughtful questions (and many more!) we always have fresh conversation starters on hand to provoke novel discussions and new levels of understanding. By the end of an epically long road trip, we know each other more intimately than ever before. After all, they don’t call it “quality time” for nothing!

Play Couple’s Road Trip Games

They say “time flies when you’re having fun” and one of the best ways to make those road trip hours speed by is playing games together! We’re big fans of turning any drive into a gamified adventure.

One of our go-to favorites is the classic “Would You Rather?” It’s the perfect way to learn crazy new things about your partner while having lots of laughs. You take turns posing absolutely ridiculous “would you rather” scenarios to each other. Like “Would you rather give up Google or social media forever?” or “Would you rather hug a porcupine or an octopus?” The choices get increasingly weirder and more revealing the longer you play. Fair warning: their answers may just surprise you!

Then there are road trip comedy clubs like Mad Libs. We love cranking up the giggles by downloading a Mad Libs app or packing a booklet from the dollar store, then filling in the blanks with increasingly outrageous words and phrases as the passenger calls out needed parts of speech. The results make for hilarious, nonsensical stories that have us dying laughing.

For a romantic twist, we’ll play the stoplight game we call “Opportunity Light.” Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like – whenever we’re stopped at a red light, it’s Make Out O’Clock until the light turns green! It adds a sexy, spontaneous kick to those endless bathroom and snack pit stops.

From wordplay to making out, game-ifying our drives keeps the fun level dialed up no matter how long we’re on the road. It turns that car into a playground where we’re free to be as weird, romantic, or straight-up ridiculous as we want. Now those are some road trip memories!

Get out and explore!!

While the open road offers endless possibilities for spontaneous exploration, we’ve found it’s also smart to plan out some scheduled stops and detours ahead of time. That way, you ensure you don’t just blaze past incredible sights and experiences in your beeline quest to reach the final destination.

These planned pit stops become awesome halfway highlights to look forward to, breaking up those long stretches of drive time. Whether it’s an iconic roadside attraction like the St. Louis Arch or a random quirky stop like the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument in Nebraska, building in these detours turns the journey itself into an immersive experience.

We’ll spend time combing apps, blogs, and even old school paper maps and tour books to map out unique stops within our route. Roadside oddities like the World’s Largest Rubber Band Ball or Carhenge (yep, Stonehenge but with cars!) always make for hilarious photo ops and bundles of memories. State and national parks let you enjoy nature’s majesty with scenic hikes. And you’d better believe we scope out the most delicious diners and regional food joints for mouthwatering meals.

The best part is stumbling across these tucked-away gems lets you soak in the local culture and hidden treasures that make road tripping so special. Sure, we usually have one main destination in mind for the trip. But along the way, we transform the drive into its own journey worth savoring by padding our itineraries with as many fascinating detours as possible.

So don’t just map out the most direct path – take the scenic route packed with quirky roadside stops, incredible natural vistas, and authentic local flavor. Those unplanned pulls-offs are great, but the pre-planned ones let you turn a tedious drive into an engaging expedition!

Things to Bring on a Couple’s Road Trip:

Here’s a road trip checklist for the most important things you’ll need to take on your couple’s road trip to help avoid mishaps!

Refillable water bottle

Bringing a refillable water bottle saves money. Instead of buying bottled water all the time, you can save money and refill your water bottle when you stop for gas. It is also more eco-friendly because you aren’t using single-use plastic water bottles.

I highly recommend this water bottle from Simply Modern. It is now my comfort water bottle. I take it everywhere I go and it keeps my drinks cold forever!! And, it comes in so many cute and fun colors. I got mine in the marble color but there is a lot to choose from.

Cigarette Lighter Power Inverter/Converter

This nifty device charges all your devices depending on how powerful you get. A 120-watt charger will only be strong enough to keep your phone charged. However, if you get a 300-watt charger as we have, you can keep all of your cameras, computers, and other technology charged. We got ours from Amazon and there are so many for under $100.

Bedding  (Blankets, Pillows, etc)

You never know what might happen on your couple’s road trip and it’s always best to be prepared. We suggest bringing along some blankets and pillows just in case you get stuck somewhere and can’t make it to your hotel/Airbnb for the night. You’ll be able to cozy up in the backseat and it will be part of the fun adventure. It’s also good for the passenger to use to nap if you are driving a long way and want to switch every so often.

Offline maps

Yes, most of us have Google/Apple Maps on our phones, but what do you do if you don’t have service during parts of your road trip? We suggest downloading an offline option of Google Maps before road trips. Or like us, don’t miss a Google Maps turn and you’ll be OK.

Spare Key

Just in case! You never know what might happen and you probably don’t want to end up stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere!

I ended up getting locked out of my car with it still running and my phone inside…Genius right?!? Yeah, not really…It wasn’t my favorite experience.

Wet wipes/napkins/hand sanitizer, etc

These are good to have to wash your hands after snacking or using a gross rest stop/ gas station bathroom.

Sunglasses

Headaches from the sun are no fun. Plus sunglasses look cool!

Cooler

We like to have a cooler filled with ice so we can keep our water, veggies, and sometimes a gallon of milk (for breakfast) cold. There are many types of coolers hard-shelled like yeti and some are soft-shelled cooler backpacks which is what we use.

Camera

I literally never leave on a road trip without my camera. I like to have a way to document all the fun things we see and do so we can show you. I use the Insta mini Evo (a hybrid digital and polaroid) and the Canon 6D Mark 2 of

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All the practical stuff

The practical stuff is all self-explanatory and a no-brainer, but they can still be easy to forget! Since forgetting something like this can be a big deal and often not easily replaceable, make sure you have all of these items on the couple‘s road trip checklist.

  • Car registration
  • Car insurance
  • Driver license 
  • Car user manual
  • Spare tire
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Car charger for your phone
  • Jumper Cables

I hope this guide helps you to have a fun couple’s road trip. If you have been on a road trip and have any other fun things you do not see mentioned in this list, comment below and tell me your experience or idea.

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9 Comments

  1. Andrea Brandt says:

    Ahh thank you for this! My husband and I LOVE road trips and it’s been way too long! These are great tips 🙂

  2. What a great guide about having good times while on a road trip.

  3. Road trip snacks are a must for me! I also love a good podcast and some tunes for longer stretches of driving. Love the prompts for conversations… it’s always fun to have a few new ideas up your sleeve to spark an interest conversation and car rides are such a good time to get in some quality convos!

  4. This is such a great guide! I love that the first “thing to do” is snack because SAME! I also find that snacking helps keep me awake/alert when driving long distances — so helpful. Thanks for putting this together, especially the packlist!

    1. Yass!! Snacks for days…I’m glad you appreciated the packing list.

  5. Haha, snack is definitely important so love that you put it as number one. I also love looking up fun conversation prompts or games to do during a long road trip so I appreciate this info 🙂

  6. My fiancé and I love road trips and its been a while since we took out last one – you definitely have us inspired to plan our next couples road trip!

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