As the second largest country in the world, geographically speaking, Canada is a playground for travellers and road trippers alike. Most people who enjoy road trips will tell you music is a must-have and no “road trip” would be worthy of the name without an amazing playlist. So to help inspire your next adventure, we’ve put together the following tips.
5 top tips for creating a road trip song list
1. Choose your device
There are many ways to play music in cars, but not all devices are compatible with all vehicles. If you’re unsure, do your research and test them out prior to leaving, or come prepared with an adaptor cord. Alternatively, you can download your music and bring a Bluetooth speaker for your co-pilot to manage.
2. Know your audience
Not everyone has the same taste when it comes to music and that’s definitely something you should consider while preparing your playlist. Having an expansive musical library and sharing your favourites can be a good thing, but don’t overdo it. Considering the taste of everyone in the car is a mark of respect and courtesy. So ask yourself: will my great-aunt enjoy the rock playlist I made last year for my trip to Rock Fest? Maybe not…
3. Add variety
One of the best ways of satisfying everyone is by having a variety of genres on your playlist. Depending on of the length of your trip, you might even want to include entire albums. Podcasts can be a great addition for longer trips too. Creating playlists for different occasions and people is the best way of ensuring everyone enjoys themselves and sings along!
Here are some crowd-pleasing themes to add to your playlist:
- Classic road trip songs
- Guilty pleasure songs
- Top 40
- TV/movie theme songs and soundtracks
- Songs that go with your destinations (headed to Nova Scotia? Include local bands on your list)
4. Do a test run
Because we can never listen to too much music, listen to your playlist beforehand. Not only will it get you into vacation mode, but it’ll help you see if there’s a good flow and split between various artists and genres.
5. Don’t be distracted
Always remember to program your playlist in advance rather than on the go. While technology in vehicles is convenient, it can also be a potential source of distraction. You shouldn’t be using your cell phone or other handheld devices while driving; and if you are distracted by the other people in your car, don’t be afraid to let them know. If you’re a passenger, don’t disturb the driver and if the driver appears to be distracted by something, tell him/her to focus on the road or offer to give him/her a break and take over.
What are you favourite road trip songs? Tell us in the comments below.