Skateboarding and traveling are synonymous. The act of doing one is complimented so well by the other that it is no wonder that since skatings inception there has been an inert urge to get out and hit the road in search of nothing but rad times and new spots. The end result of these explorations way more often then not is an empty gas tank and wallet, but a memory bank full of destinations and lurk sessions that cannot be acquired by any monetary value. In order to maximize the value of these potential memories, there are certain tips and tricks that are sure to make the road a more welcoming place for those who will be calling it home for any amount of time. Below you will find some of my personal proverbs derived during team trips and solo road rips, that I hope you find practical during your soon to be various voyages.
Tip #1: Always Travel Strapped
This tip particularly pertains to the travels that include an airborne component, but always carry at least one board on your back at all times. Most, if not all, airlines allow a “carry on item” which to us automatically means our sled is welcome aboard. Trusting the airline with all of your boards in the check in process is risky and you could get hung out to dry during any kind of mishap. Pro Tip: Get a back pack with board straps and try to keep the board length under the 35″ mark as a sort of luggage camo to keep you flying under the radar.
Tip #2: Organization is Key
When you are rolling for a week with your crew, keeping some kind of order in the vehicle is going to go a long way. Keeping key items accessible while tucking unneeded items away makes for more room and a happier crew during the long hauls between destinations.
Tip #3: Bring Only What You Need
Packing light, especially is tight quarters, is going to minimize the “Sardine Effect” that often can be felt by van mates. Face it, you are not going to core 5 sets of wheels or break all 3 of those decks during this week, so leave some of them at home and I promise you the extra leg room will be a worth while reward.
Tip #4: Don’t be Afraid to Let Go
When a group of skaters get together, there is an instant measurable amount of crust among the crew. This stench only stands to be amplified throughout the trip as sweaty sessions lead to a build up of rank socks. Some of the best advice I can give is to not be to attached to just throw your stinky socks away if you know that there won’t be access to a washing machine anytime soon. Your socks alone may be ok to hold onto, but collectively as a group some sacrifices must be made and that pile of crusty tube socks seems like the perfect candidate.
Tip #5: Don’t Forget to Bring a Towel
There is absolutely nothing worse then your options of drying off after finally finding a shower on the road consisting of either your new “clean” clothes, or the old dirty ones that you just peeled off. Forgetting a towel is one of the worst items to not have on a trip due to its versatility and comfortability that it provides. A good towel can be a pillow, a blanket, a changing station, or just the drying device it was originally intended to be so always remember the wise word from Towlie and Don’t forget to bring your towel!!
Tip #6: Get in the Van and Go
Its very easy to just talk about going on a road trip but its something completely different actually hoping in the van and hitting the open road. Work those overtime hours, mow that extra lawn; do what ever it takes to get that gas money to motor your vehicle of freedom to new destinations to destroy atop your sled. The best travel tip I can possibly offer is just to actually get out there and make it happen!