The Do's & Don'ts of Touring

Hey gang, it's Dave, back at it again with another blog on Do's and Don'ts. This time I'll be discussing the do's and don'ts of touring. Buckle up because I'm beginning this blog with no idea what I'm going to talk about.

Don'ts

  • Don't be late to bus call. The departure time isn't just a random time your tour manager decided on. It's specific to allow wiggle room for gas, rest stops, traffic, etc and still arrive on time to load-in. It's unprofessional to roll up to load-in late as it creates problems for a lot of people, not just yourself. Just like that the sound engineer already hates you. Now your soundcheck is going to suck.
  • Don't bring food or snacks that are legendary for the mess they create. Respect the vehicle.
    • Don't bring Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream chips along for a snack. Those things smell like feet.
    • Don't forget your phone charger. It's 2017. Hate to say it, but you need your phone. That thing is your life.
    • Don't jump into the hotel shower 5 minutes before bus call. If you need to shower, set your alarm and #wakeup early enough to do so.
      • I'd suggest asking the night before who will be showering the next morning and creating a schedule so not everyone wake up to try and shower at the same time. 
    • Don't forget your toiletries.

    Do's

    • Eat before bus call. It'll save the band from multiple stops.
    • Shower before bus call. Or at least make sure you're clean and don't smell. Understand that you're getting into a van with 8 dudes for a couple of hours.
    • Sleep. I sleep for 90% of every car ride and arrive to the venue rested for the show and ready to jam. It also makes those long treks feel shorter.
    • Ask your significant other to make the band cookies for the road trip. That's always clutch.
    • Kick back and watch some Cops at the hotel after a badass set.
    • Go to Taco Bell. Never disappoints. 

    So that's touring. Or at least how I've experienced it. Fight threw the fast food stops because it'll all be worth it when you eat a dope local burger in a cool town. Or go to Panera. That's good too. All in all, just kick back and enjoy the ride.

    Here's a few of my favorite pictures I've taken from the road-

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    Dave Czuba