This new set of Tour Tips was written by the New Jersey based band, Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why. You can check out their tips for being on the road, after the break.
1. Bring Tents! – Being in a band at our level, it is essential to make sure you have camping equipment stocked in the trailer. You never know where you are going to end up some nights. It could be in a hotel, but 9 times out of 10, your on the search for a couch to crash on, or the next best thing…camping! Its cheap, comes with showers, and sometimes it can be a really beautiful location! We have a couple tents, panini maker, and sleeping cots to save our backs from awful gravel floors. With camping, sometimes its hit or miss. We once landed in an amazing location in Macon, GA next to a beautiful clear lake and clean showers, and another time we ended up on the beach in New Symrna, FL being eaten alive but gnarly flies. The point is, the tents come in handy!
2. Bring, buy, and make your own food! – Being on tour, is basically being homeless. You have enough money to fill up the tank to get to the next stop…so where does that leave you with food? Most groups will get the cheapest options, such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, BK, etc. I know because we have been there many of times, but you have to stay some what healthy and bring your own food! Have a cooler stocked with sandwich items, waters, sausage, or what ever you want! Now, you are not only saving a ton of money on buying awful meals, you are eating things that will settle a lot better in your stomach. We also have a panini maker that we plug in at rest stops to make warm sandwiches!
3. Yoga! – I know not everyone is into yoga, and you don’t have to be. Really what I am saying, is that it is good to stretch. Think of all the uncomfortable placing you are sleeping in, like the van or hard floors, your body is going to be hurting. Stretching every morning is a good easy way to make your body feel a whole lot better. Trust me, you really do feel the difference. Plus it is a good band activity to bring everyone together.
4. Cocoanut water! – For those bands out there that like to drink at the end of the night, cocoanut water is your best friend in the morning. That’s all I have to say about that…
5. Make friends with the locals! – You never know who you are going to meet, it is in your best interest to be kind and friendly to any locals around! We have made a lot of friends along the way and it helps us have places to stay on the road, including a beach mansion with 2 pools, 2 piers, a guest house bigger then my house, and good people in Florida! Like I said, you never know who you are going to meet!
Did you find these tips useful? Let me know in the comments below!