International touring musician and NYC-based Singer-Songwriter Stephen Babcock is familiar with life on the road, having toured the East Coast and the UK.
Here are some of the highlights:
1.Invest in your case
It is imperative to have a solid instrument case! Go for hard cases for your equipment- be it guitar, bass, drums etc-so that it stay safe while you and your band pack into the car and hit the road. Also, make sure that it is light to carry.Most musicians travel by themselves without much assistance so it is important to ensure its safety as well.
2. Don’t Leave Home Without a Reliable Ride (+ Map or GPS)
Depending on the size of your band, transportation can range from a small car to a mini-van, to a full on 15-passenger van. Make sure you keep the car stocked with a portable air pump, tire iron, and a spare tire, in case trouble strikes, and get the most reliable ride you can afford. Also consider signing up for AAA travel services—they’ll meet you anywhere and can usually get you back on the road in minutes.
3. Pack Some Snacks
It is a known fact that travelling makes you hungry. If you’re trying to get from point A to point B without time to spare between shows, it always helps to have some snacks in the car to tide you over.
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