There are not many things in life more exciting than skate trips with your friends. The thought of being free from normal life and hitting the open road is enough to get anyone’s juices flowing. Choose your destination, load up the car, collect gas money, and BOOM you’re off to make memories that will last a lifetime. After more than a decade of travelling the country with my friends, I have compiled a list of essentials for your skate trip, outside of the most obvious.
1. Skate Tool
DUHHH. Everyone should have one somewhere in their car or bag at any given moment. With that said, skate tools are similar to lighters in the sense that they are hard to keep track of when you let a bunch of people use them. They seem to come and go as they please and the universe has a funny way of bringing them back to us, in the form of someone else’s skate tool. Don’t get caught slippin’ at some spot hours away from the nearest skate shop without a tool.
2. An Abundance of Clean Socks and Underwear
Lets face it, skateboarders (especially when on the road) are disgusting creatures covered in dirt and grime. It helps to try and cover up your stench as much as possible. No one in their right mind wants to have a bunch of dudes crashing on their floor when they all smell like feet and farts.
3. iPhone or iPod Stocked with Music
While this one seems to be another no-brainer, you’d be surprised how many times I’ve been driving through rural areas and had no cell phone service, and a very limited supply of tunes. Nowadays kids have a tendency to just use YouTube or similar music apps to play music, but when you’re outside of your coverage area, all you have are shitty radio stations. If you’re lucky, someone may have a CD or two laying around from ancient times. Despite your parents’ “nationwide coverage” plan you’ve been mooching off of, cellular dead zones exist all over the place from the mountains of Tennessee all the way to New Mexico and Arizona’s lonely desert highways.
In the words of MC5, “Kick out the Jams, Mother F*****s!!” These things are dopest things since sliced bread. They give you the opportunity to bring your tunes with you wherever you go, wirelessly. Take those headphones out, ya little shit, we’re jammin’ over here. I give all the credit to the Muska for this one.
5. Foam Roller
Some of you may or may not be familiar with these little angels sent down from skate heaven. Skate trips are very rough on your body, and the older you get the more painful they become. Taking some time in the morning or at the spot to roll out some of your sore muscles accumulated from long hours of skating and sleeping on hardwood floors can really make a difference. Your body will thank you later. Rob Welsh knows what’s up.
Let me know what’s on your skate trip checklist in the comments below.