In this Tour Tips segment, Jymmy Tolland, of the rock band, Bobaflex, gives you his tips for being on tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
1.) Get Good Sleep – Everyone thinks that being on tour is a huge party- and it sometimes is. But most people are lucky enough to think that from on top of $2,0000 Sealy mattress. When you’re only option for sleep is a plywood bunk or a van seat you’ve got to do what you can to rest when you get the chance. My personal advice for that is to buy a nice pillow and some in-ear headphones. Nothing’s worse than not sleeping because the world is too loud and your neck is crooked on a $4 Walmart pillow.
2.) Know Your Party Limit – All the best sleep in the world won’t matter if you’re up till the birds are chirping with your hand wrapped around the 4th bottle of whiskey of the night. There are dozens or hundreds of people at your show every night who want to buy you drinks and maybe a few bands who want to do the same after the show. Cutting loose is fun as hell but try going to bed at 4am instead of 7 a few times a week and see if it doesn’t improve your outlook on life during the day.
3.) Explore The Town You’re In – My absolute favorite part of touring is seeing a new city every night. It’s half of why I love doing my job. I try to go on a walk everyday to see what’s happening within a few blocks of the place you’re playing. I’ve come across some of the coolest trinkets and clothes by accident on tour. You can also meet some fascinating people as well.
4.) Don’t Travel With Anything Illegal – Yes that means weed!!! A van and trailer with a bunch of people with long hair or piercings is basically a big flashing sign that reads “ WE HAVE POT! BUST US TO FILL YOUR QUOTA!!!” Yes, it’s tempting to keep that baggie that some fans gave you but guess what? There’ll be more tonight. We all know it’ll probably be legal everywhere soon and that it already is in a few states, but trust me, a lot of police totally don’t care that you bought it from a legal dispensary when you’ve got your hands behind your back on the side of the highway or in a Texas border patrol cell. ( Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.)
5.) Take Lots Of Pictures – Unfortunately, this time in your life may not last forever. So keep stock of all the badass friends and memories you’re making while you can. Write shit down, post to Instagram or just save pictures on a hard drive. If ten years from now, you’ve got some lame bullshit job that you hate , it might make you feel a bit better that you committed the coolest job you ever had to memory.