No, it has nothing to do with creepy clowns.
Anybody gearing up for a road trip should take some travel advice from Stephen King.
Although the man who has written about a haunted hotel, killer clown, and pet "sematary" may seem like an unlikely source for travel advice, King is apparently well-practiced in the arts of avoiding traffic, sleeping at motels, and staying entertained during long trips.
When he has to travel for work, he prefers to drive because he feels “more in control when I’m driving than when I’m flying,” he told The New York Times in an interview. He’ll make stops at the Waffle House for meals and then settle into a Motel 6 at the end of the day.
“Always ask for a room on the end of the motel because the chances of having a party next door are a little less,” King advised travelers in the interview. “Or, if it’s a three-story hotel, get a room on the top floor and then you don’t have to worry about the couple above you deciding they’re going to go at it all night long.”
In his suitcase, supplies are sparse. (He tends to use the toiletries provided by the Motel 6.)
King only brings along the essentials. But, because he is one of the world’s most prolific writers, his essentials include an iPad for audio books, a collection of crossword puzzles, and a couple books, including a “backup in case the book is terrible.”
This story originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.