Winter Tour Survival Tips From It Lies Within

Every year for three years running we have partnered with one of our favorite bands to share a series of tips and tricks for surviving the winter tour grind. Being on the road away family and friends is never an easy task, but there is an added degree of difficulty when those efforts are met with cold air and frozen roads. We know many of you reading this will be hitting the highway this season in hopes of furthering your reach, and we want to do everything in our power to ensure you are safe and prepared for whatever the open road brings your way.

This year, It Lies Within vocalist Zachary Scott was kind enough to write our winter tour survival tips amidst a very busy promotional run for his band’s new album, Paramount (out 1/8). You can read Zach’s advice and thoughts below. Afterwards, comment and add anything you think we may have missed.

Hey ladies and gents, it’s Zachary Scott here from It Lies Within. Im stoked to have a chance to write this section for Haulixn Daily. Touring since 2011, I hope to contribute some insight on how to survive the winter while on tour. Sit down and strap in! 

Vehicle Maintenance and Paperwork

– Make sure you have a reliable vehicle   

It will cost you more money and time fixing vehicles not capable of pulling a trailer full of equipment. 

– Oil Change. Check fluid levels

– Check tread on tires. 

Winter tires are a plus, if you can afford them. They can be expensive, but they could actually save you in the long run.   

-Chains for your tires depending on where you’re traveling , plan ahead. 

Make sure you check your routing for chain stops throughout the mountains.

– Make sure you have all paperwork in order

Valid Driver’s License, Insurance, Inspection and Emissions (If Needed) 

 Food         

– Buy in Bulk 

Being so cold in the trailer it’s a great way to store more food and drinks. This can save you tons of money on the road.

– Coupons   

Take advantage of the internet. Look up coupons before just going to any fast food place or restaurant. 

Clothing

– Everyone always over packs on tour. 

Stay warm but try not to bring more than needed. Bring your favorite hoodie. Who doesn’t have a favorite hoodie right? Stay stylish, brutal and cozy!

– Bring a light coat to double up with your hoodie 

Windbreakers are great for this. You don’t want to over pack or bring your largest Down jacket.

-Extra blankets

Get with your band members and make sure everyone is bringing enough blankets and or a sleeping bag. Running the van all night is not good. 

Extra’s Needed

-Ice Scraper          

-Windshield Wipers          

-Winter Mechanics Gloves   

This will save you if you need any vehicle repairs. It happens more than you would think and saves your hands.

-Lock De-Icer

-Coffee Maker   

Comes in handy for a vocalist all year round. A must have. Soup,  Hot Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa   

Lastly and most important, allow for extra drive time. 

Winter conditions can take you for a spin. Leave early and prepare for a longer drive than gps might say. Thank you guys so much for giving me the opportunity to share this. I hope to be a guest on another piece in the future. Stay safe out there!

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.