1. Instead of using your phone, use a real map to plot your route. Write notes about your stops, and you can even frame it later as a memento.
It never runs out of battery, never loses a signal, and guarantees you’ll have some unplanned adventures along the way. Make fun notes about all the weird places you encounter, so you’ll never forget them.
2. If you’re in multiple cars (or even if you’re not) grab a pair of walkie talkies for the road.
Faster and easier than fumbling with cell phones and texting, and more reliable for off-road and middle-of-nowhere communications. Plus you get to hear the “ktscccchhh” noise. Who doesn’t love that?
7. There’s nothing like a random rest stop with some personality for fun souvenirs of your time on the road.
Always be on the lookout for something that seems out of place. Like the Czech Stop on I-35 between Dallas and Austin. It’s a well known Czech bakery, randomly located in West Texas.