This new set of Tour Tips was written by the country music artist, Sandra Lynn. You can check out her tips for being on the road, after the break.
1) Load up on snacks and water, and keep them close--no matter what time of day or night, somebody will get hungry or thirsty, and it’s no fun when the snacks or drinks have run out or are buried in the back of the travel vehicle where you can’t reach them. Sometimes it’s hard to find healthy options while you’re out eating on the road, so we always try to have a mix of snacks such as chips, pretzels, carrots, bananas, protein bars, and almonds, as well as water bottles at all times.
2) Don’t forget your cell phone charger–with how reliant a lot of us are on our cell phones nowadays running out of cell phone battery is stressful and you can borrow a band mates charger, yes, but you find that most everyone is using their phones a lot of times during travel so they very likely need their charger for their own phone. Don’t leave home without it! ;)
3) Wear layers while traveling–everyone likes different temperatures and sometimes it’s hard to please everyone with how hot or cold it is in the travel vehicle, so layer up your clothing! You’ll find it also helps for different climates you may be driving into when moving from city to city while touring.
4) Bring headphones–these are essential for the times you want to zone out while on your travel vehicle or to help get silence when trying to grab some shut eye. You can listen to your favorite tunes or use them as sort of ear plugs to help lessen other surrounding noise in the vehicle.
5) Know the plan–make sure the whole band is informed on timing of soundcheck and showtime, accommodation arrangements, and informed/updated on any changes. The sooner you can distribute this information to everyone, the better in case there’re any questions or concerns that arise that you can hopefully address in a timely manner before show time.
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