Planning a Road Trip With Your Wife

by James Hills for Club LT

Going on a trip with your girlfriend or wife sounds like plenty of fun. Well, perhaps not as exciting and wild as traveling with the boys but pretty good nevertheless. One thing about travel though is that it can strengthen relationship bonds…..or create a few cracks.

Of course, some relationships may already be headed for collapse so the trip would just expose irreconcilable differences that already existed. What you don’t want, though, is to see the deterioration of a great relationship because of needless, avoidable reasons. The following tips can help you protect your relationship without compromising the fun of travel.

Not Every Moment Will Be Romantic, So Manage Expectations

You are traveling with your wife, so it’s ok to enjoy some unplanned romantic interludes or even some planned ones. But that doesn’t mean each day will be filled with romance. There will be some good days and bad. Your back will hurt or hers will and you might even have a headache from sitting in the car so long. And if you need to hit the bathroom—more often then she does—that’s no sin. It’s called humanity.

On a more positive note, many romantic moments during your trip will come from the unexpected and likely won’t be captured in your photos. Like running out of toilet paper in the dead of night when one of you badly needs it. You’ll probably be laughing about it later and it could end up being the highlight of your trip. AND it will bring you closer.

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 Don’t Dictate How Much She Should Carry

Women almost always carry more luggage than men when traveling. It’s okay to joke about it but what you shouldn’t do is start to dictate to your partner what she should and should not carry. If you think her luggage could hike your travel costs, think about scaling down your baggage so you can make room for more of her stuff. 

It’s a great way to show her that you are willing to make sacrifices to make her life a little more comfortable. Packing together lets you share ideas on what to carry and what you can both do without. Just be careful not to fall down the mansplaining rabbit hole.

Don’t Assume She Knows Nothing About Cars! 

Some guys I know look at the women in their lives as not knowing much about cars. And there’s often some truth to it. That being said, if you don’t want her to talk down to you about taking care of the kids, then respect her level of knowledge and interest in cars, too. The rule here is to NEVER assume that just because she’s a woman that she doesn’t enjoy cars or knows what she’s talking about. 

Share Responsibilities Based on Your Strengths 

Just like in the home, certain responsibilities during the trip are expected to be handled by the man. However, you don’t have to follow a rigid formula when sharing responsibilities. Take a step back and think about your individual strengths then assign tasks based on what each of you does best. 

Perhaps, contrary to societal expectation, your girlfriend is better at reading maps or fixing a broken down rental car. You do not have to insist on doing the navigation or auto repair just because it’s what society expects you to. It’ll not only be an inefficient use of your travel time but could also signal a misogynistic attitude that could mark the end of your relationship. 

These tips are important but certainly do not cover all the possible deal-breakers that you’ll encounter during a trip with your partner. The overarching principle is to think about what’s good for her and the relationship before you do anything. 

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About James Hills
James writes the ManTripping blog and lives in southern California. For more than a decade, ManTripping has been a leading male lifestyle blog covering food, fashion, travel, toys, action and adventure – you know, man-things. James shares his wisdom regularly on Club LT and is often featured in the Club LT podcast.

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