Going on a road trip is such a fun experience. You get to see some pretty neat places that airplanes just can’t get to, not to mention it’s usually much cheaper to drive than to fly. You’re also able to stop, take pictures and enjoy the scenery along the way.
The only problem is that sitting in the car for hours upon hours quickly can become boring, exhausting and quite uncomfortable. With a few helpful tips and preparation, you are sure to have a good time and an enjoyable trip!
Road trips can often turn ugly if you are unprepared. A successful and enjoyable road trip needs careful planning and consideration. This starts with making sure there is an active insurance policy for the vehicle in the event there is an accident. If the current policy seems inadequate or too expensive, consider looking at car insurance quotes online before leaving town. You could end up getting better coverage at a lower rate, meanwhile your refunded premium payment can be used to cover travel expenses.
Another key tip to consider when preparing for a road trip is to know what time of the day you will be driving. Some people prefer to drive overnight since traffic is light. Do you plan to split up the drive or go straight through? If you are road tripping with another licensed driver, see if you can share the drive to get to your destination in good time.
Another important, yet easy to forget tip for planning your trip is to always have a paper map handy. Although we live where GPS is our lifeline when it comes to traveling, you may hit areas where the signal is weak. Preparing for these situations will allow your trip to run more smoothly.
2.Food & Snack Ideas
When you are driving long distances, you want to cover the most ground as possible, but at the same time, you’ll need to stop for bathroom breaks and to move around a bit. When it comes to food, sure you can stop at a restaurant on the way to eat, but dining out can be costly and time-consuming. Packing a variety of food and snacks is overall the most ideal option for a road trip. Here are a few go-to food and snack options you can bring on the road:
• Granola Bars, Crackers, Pretzels, Dried Fruit, Nuts
• Fruit Snacks, Candy, Gum, Mints
• Plenty of Water, Gatorade, Energy Drinks, etc.
Of course, every road trip (especially if traveling long distance) needs entertainment. Compile a list of your favorite driving songs and load them onto a soundtrack. Audiobooks are another great option since they keep your interest over an extended period of time. If you’re in the car with family or friends, playing games can be so much fun and entertaining. Before you leave, do a quick search online for a few road trip games everyone can enjoy!
Being comfortable is truly one of the most important things to consider, besides the obvious initial planning. No one, especially the driver wants to be uncomfortable in the car for hours on end. Loose and comfy clothing is important so you aren’t feeling restricted. Wear comfortable shoes you can drive in or if you’re a passenger wear shoes you can slip on and off as desired. Always pack blankets and pillows. You never know if you’ll need to pull over for a quick rest without having to check in to a hotel. Don’t forget to take breaks! Although you’ll probably want to take the least amount of breaks possible, it’s important to get out of the car every now and then even for just a quick stretch.
5.Check Your Vehicle
The last thing you want to happen while on your road trip is for something to go wrong with your car. Proper vehicle maintenance before your trip is essential. Check all of your fluids and consider how long it’s been since your last oil change. Tires are paramount when it comes to safety so be sure to inspect their condition and air pressure. Also, make sure you have a spare handy just to play it safe. A few other areas to check on your vehicle include brake pads, air filters, light bulbs, belts and hose and if you have any fluid leaking that needs attention.
Whether you are traveling alone or with others, these five tips and ideas will help you prepare for your road trip. Always leave yourself more time than you think you’ll need because let’s face it… anything is possible. You will less likely become stressed if a situation arises if you are well-prepared. Hopefully these tips have helped you prepare for your upcoming trip. Happy driving!