We’ve shared with you some reasons on why you should go on a road trip. So if you’re convinced, or if you have your own reasons; then it’s time to start planning for that quick getaway.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning for your road trip to ensure that you get the most fun and to keep stress away during your journey.
1. Plan Your Route and Stop Overs
The first part of any trip is to pick a destination. Once you’ve made your choice, check the maps and research online for the quickest route to get there and what stop overs you will be making on your way there and on your way back home. Take into consideration who you will be bringing with you. For example, if you will be traveling with older people or kids, you will need to plan a route along roads with several locations where you can take toilet breaks.
Make sure to allocate ample time for whatever you will be doing for each stop over. Also, check the weather and traffic situation on the days of your trip to ensure that you will have a smooth time traveling and to be able to enjoy each stop over as much as you want to.
2. Allow for Spontaneity
You need to plan things carefully for any trip but in order to have fun, ensure that you have ample time for other interesting stop overs and activities that you might encounter along the way.
You might find that the locals have a better suggestion for a stop over than you originally intended but you might need to forego another of the stop over’s you had planned. You can decide this while on the road but it is better to have an agreement before hand on how you will decide for these kinds of situations during the trip so you can make a decision quicker.
3. Allocate Your Budget
A solid budget is important for any trip so plan your budget carefully. Calculate and write down the total budget for the entire trip as well as a break down of where the budget will go. Put into your budget what food to bring with you and what other extra items you need to buy during the trip. Do the same for your personal budget as well so you don’t go over your budget for buying local delicacies and souvenirs, for example.
Be sure to include entrance fees and extra amount for food, gas and other extra expenses that you might incur along the way. Don’t forget to prepare actual cash on hand as your destinations might not have ATMs or don’t accept debit and credit cards as payments. This is especially true for most mom and pop food places and souvenir stores in the provinces.
4. Prepare Your Electronics and Entertainment
A road trip will take several hours so ample entertainment is key to keeping the atmosphere fun and enjoyable all thru the trip. You might pass some areas with poor Internet connectivity so be prepared by loading your mobile device or tablet with enough music and/or movies to entertain you along the way.
Charge your electronic gadgets to full and prepare extra, fully charged power banks so you won’t run low on entertainment and energy. Bring emergency power supplies too like a fully charged flash light as these will always come in handy in the car.
5. Clean, Prep and Pack the Car Properly
Make sure that your car is in top shape for the road. Have your car thoroughly cleaned and make sure that all the scheduled, preventive maintenance you need to have done is completed so your car doesn’t break down during the trip.
Don’t forget to bring a spare tire and some tools for any mishaps that you might need to troubleshoot along the way. If your engine is prone to over heating, then bring cold water for the car as well.
Last but not the least, plan how to pack everything you need in the space that your car allows. Decide which items you need to bring with you and what you can just buy on the road so you can pack everything you will need. You will need to pack light if there are many people and your car is smaller, so plan what you can put in the back of the car and what each person can bring with them in their bags so you can all enjoy the trip comfortably and safely.
These are just some of the things you need to consider when planning your road trip. Be well prepared so you can stay comfortable and safe and have fun on the trip but be open to new adventures along the way.
Got more tips for a road trip? We would love to hear them.