I just returned from a 13 day road trip with 10 gigs...5 states...4200 miles +...bad bar food...close quarters...four worn out band members...several hundred dollars in gas...about 30 hours of sleep total...good Lord was that exhausting! I had never been on a 'tour' of more than 5 days before this. comments: It was the hardest money I ever earned, but also the most fun. I hope one day I get to have a roadie/bass tech and a driver! Take backup equipment and/or tools! I bought a soldering kit just before I left and it came in very handy when my speaker cable broke on Sunday night in a small town. Take hard cases! Gig bags won't do! Other things I learned: - try to keep it together and not party all the time - try to eat as healthy as possible - get sleep whenever possible - if you have an exercise routine, stick to it or modify it - don't book too aggressively, you will get burnt out - be nice to your bandmates even if they are grumpy - try and see some of the country you are traversing - take a day off once in a while!!! We are supposed to do a 1 month tour starting August 1. Road warriors: how can I help keep my sanity being on the road with the same 3 guys for 30 days?!? I told the bandleader that less traveling and more days off would be the ticket.