Going on a road trip is an exciting experience, but it requires a lot of preparation. In order to have a safe and thrilling adventure, you need to prepare your car, get all the supplies, make sure your phone and other gadgets are ready for the trip and arrange a few other things. In case you don’t know how to organize an amazing and safe road trip, we’re here to help you.
Plan the route
While thinking about all the places you’d like to see is great for organization, it’s more important that you don’t pick too many destinations you want to visit in a short period of time. If you already know how many miles you’re going to drive, make enough room for you to drive to a certain place, stay there long enough to actually enjoy it and experience it the right way, and to have some time to recharge for the next destination. You should decide where you’ll spend the night, but when it comes to daily activities, you should leave some room for spontaneity.
Stock up on food and drinks
Thinking about food and drinks you need to bring on a trip is essential, because if you’re travelling to an unfamiliar place, you may not run into supermarkets as often as you do at home, so pack well. Pack more water than you think you need, because you can never have too much liquid. Snacks are great for cutting the time between destinations short, and it’ll keep you full longer between the meals. If you’re passing by farmers’ markets it would be a great idea to stop and stock up on fresh fruit and veggies, so that you don’t have to bring that from home. A cooler box is simply a must on a road trip, because you can stock meat inside if you plan on having a barbeque along the way, plus it’ll keep your drinks and dairy products cool and fruit fresh if you brought it from home.
All about the car
Whether you’re planning a short or a long road trip, your vehicle must be in top condition. Safety is your number one priority, so do all the check-ups and make sure you’re going to drive a functional car. Oil change, tires, indicators, interior lights and headlights check-ups are some of the items that should be on your checklist. If you’re taking the entire family on the trip, it’s important to have a car that can sustain all the weight of the people and the luggage. Therefore, if you plan to rent or buy a new car before your trip, the towing capacity of SUVs is remarkable, so you should definitely think about investing in that type of car. Not only is an SUV perfect for various types of roads, but it’s also spacious, comfortable and will keep you safe. Also, don’t forget to look at the brakes, transmission fluid, antifreeze, windscreen wipers and the AC. Furthermore, bring along your car’s manual, a copy of the insurance policy, licence and registration, as well as a roadside emergency kit.
Get all the gadgets ready
From tablets, to phones and the GPS, you need to have all the gadgets fully charged and ready for the road trip. Get all the apps that will make your trip easier. Add all your favourite songs to your phone or iPod to make the ride more exciting and enjoyable for all the passengers. Travel games are also a good idea. One option is to install a few games on your kids’ phones and let them play so they don’t distract you while you’re driving, and the other one is to play the licence plates game for example and include all the passengers in it.
Other essentials you need
A personal care kit along with a first aid kit is one of the necessities you need within arm’s reach. Pack everything including sunscreen, body wipes, lip balms, mini hairbrush, hair ties, toiletries, tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste. Furthermore, you’ll need pillows to make an evening and morning drive more comfortable, a blanket to keep you cosy, painkillers, hand sanitizers, mints and towels. Don’t forget bug spray, a flashlight and paper maps in case your gadgets don’t work.
Road trips are a great way to spend some time with your friends or family and have an exciting adventure together. However, it requires a lot of preparation, so make sure you have all the previously mentioned tips in mind, and your road trip will be amazing.
About the Author
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.
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