With the accessibility of air travel, many people have never been on a true road trip! Road tripping is an amazing way to see parts of your country that you may have never experienced before and might not have if traveling by plane. With a road trip, the destination isn’t the only goal. The journey is just as important. Let’s jump in to ten tips that will make your road trip an awesome adventure.
10. Make a Budget
Having a budget will be essential to your trip. The budget is determined by how far you are going, how many stops, and how many you are traveling with. Even with solid planning and a set budget, something is bound to go awry, just like with any trip. It is important to have an emergency fund built into the budget to cover any unexpected expenses. Make sure to plan for gas by using a gas cost predictor (which can be found online), hotels, food, extra outings, and the expenses that you’ll incur at your destination.
9. Plan Your Route
If your goal with a road trip is to get to your destination as fast as possible, make sure to find the most direct route and determine how many hours per day you’ll need to drive to get there quickly. If you don’t mind taking some detours, you can look for more scenic routes. Just check before hand to ensure that the scenic routes are open, depending on the time of year. Use GPS devices or apps to plan your drive, but it is also a good idea to bring a paper map in case you end up lost without cell service. There are also websites that you can use to put in your start and finish location that will tell you what points of interest along the way.
8. Water and Snacks
Purchasing your road food before you head out can save you money. Look for non-perishable items if you’re not planning on bringing a cooler, and utilize a reusable water bottle or jug rather than taking several single-use water bottles. Then you can fill up your jug when stopping for gas instead of buying more bottles. You can also go so far as to determine where you will be during meal times and check out restaurants in the area for local favorites.
Planning ahead for lodging can be very helpful on a road trip. If you set predetermined stops on your way, you can look into hotels with the best prices and vacancies. This will also help prevent you from searching for a hotel in an unknown town in the middle of the night. By planning stops ahead of time, you will know where you’re going to be sleeping and eating and ensure that you have a bed. If you plan on camping on the way, reserving a campsite will also help set your mind at ease.
Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or with your whole family, entertainment is key to having a great time. Stock your phone with music apps, podcasts, or audio books to keep from getting tired of listening to the radio. But don’t rely on only streaming services just in case you lose service. You can also hit up your local library before heading out to find some books on CD. Have movies downloaded on tablets to keep kiddos entertained.
5. Prep Your Car
Before you take off on your journey, clean out your car and have your car checked for any potential issues. Have your breaks checked and complete any maintenance needed. You’ll be grateful that you did.
4. Be Flexible
Know that there is the possibility that something may possibly change on your trip, whether it is due to traffic, bad weather, or car trouble. Roll with the punches as much as possible and have contingency plans if you think they might be needed. You might also find an unexpected point of interest, and you’ll want to take the time to explore!
3. Choose the Right Companions
Make sure that you are traveling with people who have the same goal as you! Going on a trip with someone that you can only handle in small increments is probably not the best choice. Know what your strengths are and those of your travel companions to split up responsibilities and make your trip as smooth as possible.
2. Roadside Emergency Kit
This is a very important tool. By having a first aid kit, jumper cables, and roadside emergency necessities, you will be prepared if you hit a snag. If you have roadside assistance services, make sure that your information is up to date.
1. Have Fun!
A road trip can be a great way to travel. It can also be a bonding experience for your friends or family and will leave you with a lifetime of memories. Make sure to enjoy yourself along the way. The best way to stack the odds in your favor is to take the time to plan ahead!
Even with all the planning that goes into a road trip, it can be a wonderful experience. Hopefully, this list is a good jumping off point for you and your travel companions and you feel inspired to visit somewhere new this summer from the comfort of your own car.