There’s nothing that can suck the fun out of being on the open road for stretches of hours faster than the absence of the right tunes. Well, that and failing to stop at In-N-Out — but that’s a different can of worms. So, we figured we’d save you the playlist panic by hand-delivering four expertly curated sets from some of S.F.’s savviest travelers. They know a good jam when they hear one, since they are active-living pros who spend the better half of their time jaunting around California (hard life, eh?). Translation: They’ve got the road-trip playlist down to a science. Hailing from outdoor-apparel and accessory line Alite to a cool fitness site dubbed Range, these folks have obviously mastered the art of tunes for travel. And, we’re lucky enough to hear what they’re digging these days. Keep reading, and get ready to give new meaning to the term “road rage.”
Juniper Ridge is a local fragrance company that spends its time prowling California’s bounty in search of the perfect plants to harness into fragrances. Naturally, this song list reflects that open-road-meets-mother-nature vibe. Perfect for a trip to an obscure location, like Big Sur or beyond, this is your list for going to be at one with the environment.
Jeanine Pesce of lifestyle site Range knows a thing or two about keeping things sporty — after all, her site specializes in cool outdoor options. So, it makes sense her playlist is a collection of jams perfect for active adventures. Whether en route to rock climbing or a cycling trip, this high-energy compilation is top notch. You’ll be dancing all the way to your destination.
Pros of the picture-perfect glamping trip, the Shelter Co. team put together a lively list that lends a pleasant backdrop to its scenic, chic sites. With jams like “Gin And Juice” all the way to Cat Stevens’ “Can’t Hold It In,” this surprising and quirky list is a sweet prelude to the ultimate, upgraded campout.
Alite has mastered hip camping gear, and it brings the fun in a big way with this collection of tunes. Basically, you'll be equipped for whatever the great outdoors throws your way.