Last time we checked in with the One Love bus they had just departed DC and were heading towards New Orleans via Charlotte and Montgomery. They arrived in Nola for a big weekend full of BUKU and St. Patrick’s day festivities.
The whole time I sat around anxiously waiting to hear how it was going, jealous I wasn’t there myself (especially for that helicopter ride!) and eagerly responding to each request for a delicious restaurant (that picture of Katie’s may have made me drool). I caught up with my brother last night and got the full scoop and stories behind a few of the photos. Also, below you will find my tips and formula for packing for a three week road trip. I even include some info for the gents.
“So we landed in New Orleans and hit up the RV park where we met this English band who was stopping in NOLA then heading out to SXSW the same morning as us. We went to a few local places, visited Bourbon and then went to bed. Next morning I hit BUKU – and we biked the whole way there. Biking around the city was freakin’ awesome. We spent a lot of time just roaming the city.
BUKU had great food, awesome people, and amazing music. We mostly went around and supported local artists, collaborating with a few. Favorite acts were sts9 asap rocky and Thomas Jack.
The last night Malina and I went out to get that New Orleans experience. We hit a comedy club near the Day Dog on Frenchmen then we road off towards the river side. I love going to comedy clubs, they’re always so much fun! I remember when I went to a Manhattan comedy club and even I got on stage and told a few jokes! I had the best time and ever since, I always check out comedy clubs in the places I’m visiting. We stared off into the water then road our bikes down the streetcar tracks towards Mardi Gras world and stopped in the middle of the bridge to look off into the Mississippi again. Then we hit an abandoned factory, got superstitious and headed back towards Bourbon. The next morning we got up at 10 am and set sail towards Austin. Drove 12 hours straight. This is our first full day in Austin and I’ve seen 5 bands so far and taken photos for a bunch including p lander z.
Oh yeah, we also experienced an insane helicopter ride over Nola. Crazy experience! I had passenger seat and was able to hang out of the copter.”
“Meet Glen, one of the musicians on the bus. His nick name… Gudo. Gudo is a DJ, can produce, remix and also plays the guitar and the bass. He is hard working, easy to get along with and quick to make his own decisions on what he needs to do with his day in order to improve in his career. He got started with his career with the help of dj finance, in order to buy the equipment he needs to later become a big success at his craft. Having Glen on the bus contributes to the daily laughter we all have come to enjoy. Glen has been making and working with music since I was in elementary school so that just goes to show how much influence and experience he has in this industry. When he performs with John Jazz, they are certain to tear up the dance floor with their musical content anywhere they go, including Austin.“
Packing for a 3 week roadtrip
Doing laundry is going to be essential unless you plan to pack 20+ pairs of underwear. You can pack a powdered detergent and wash clothes in a sink + hang dry or use a laundry service (check out this source) if you have enough time in one location. With that said, you can pack about a week’s worth of clothing and then mix and match to maximize your options.
FOR THE LADIES
TIP ONE // It’s spring and you’re heading to festivals so make sure the clothing is comfortable, fun and layerable (if that isn’t a word, we just made it one).
TIP TWO // Packing neutrals will allow for more mixing and matching.
TIP THREE // Dresses are an easy option for the days you don’t have much space or time to get ready.
TIP FOUR // As for shoes, I would bring leather booties for the cooler days, a fun pair of sneakers so your toes don’t get mashed at a festival and flip flops since you will likely run into at least a few questionable showers along the way.
TIP FIVE // Pack a lighter jacket and a heavier one – this should get you through the temperamental spring weather and varying climates from New Orleans to Detroit.
FOR THE GENTS
Geoffrey packed this:
5 shirts + 2 pants + 3 shorts + 5 of everything else
He is a seasoned festival goer and pretty low maintenance. When it comes to his packing style, the camera gear takes center stage and the clothing become secondary. Would any of you be interested in knowing what camera equipment he packs for the road? I’m not entirely sure what “everything else” encompasses but I’m guessing underwear and socks. He likes to wear jackets with lots of pockets because he carries so much equipment. I’ve been thinking of looking at some travel gear reviews to buy him a bag he can stuff it all into, but that’s a story for another day. I’m not sure if he wants to change his style in jackets anytime soon, even if it would take the load off his shoulders.