This set of Tour Tips is written by acoustic/rock band, Sister Hazel. You can check them out after the break!
1. For those who are fortunate enough to travel on a bus, get one of those foam bed cushions, cut it to fit your bunk and use it. It makes a pretty big difference to me as far as getting good sleep.
2. Always keep a spare bottle of water in your bunk; not just for when you’re sleeping but also for the times the bus runs out of water and you need to brush your teeth or something like that. It’s always a drag when those things happen.
3. During warmer weather touring, throw your golf clubs under the bus and hit the courses in and around the city’s you play. Most clubs will swap greens fees for tickets.
4. I like to get out and explore. Even if I’ve been to that city 15 times before, I like to try to find something new to see. Cemetary’s, Old Churches, Museums, Capitol buildings, all can be really interesting. It really breaks up the monotony of Hotel to show, to hotel, to show.
5. Doing some sort of exercise everyday is key. Keeps you positive and focused.
6. In 2000 I heard a politician interviewed during the presidential campaign season. He had been hitting the trail hard for a few months and had long been a veteran of the road… Long days, nights, event to event, etc… I heard him say that he changed into a clean pair of socks everyday at about 5pm and it made him feel like a new man… Skeptical, but willing to test this preposterous strategy, I started trying it out on days when I was feeling a particularly nasty traveling funk… And BAM! It made me feel like a million bucks. Who knew that a mid-day change of socks could be so powerful…. And, if you can change your Socks AND your Underwear? TOTALLY new man. To paraphrase one of our songs — “If you wanna be somebody else – Change your socks (and/or your underwear).”
7. One more thing…when you’re playing a festival, hit the Port-o-let EARLY!