Road trips are a fun way to see more of your country. They allow you to spend a short time in various destinations prior to reaching your final destination. Road trips are also often a less costly alternative to plane travel. Whatever reason you choose for taking a road trip, there are a few important things to keep in mind when planning. By adequately planning for your trip, you will have more fun and stay as safe as possible. It may seem like a daunting task, but anyone can prepare for a road trip with comfort and ease by following a few key tips.
1. Make sure that your vehicle has all regular maintenance and necessary repairs completed.
It may be a good idea to take your vehicle into the shop for an evaluation prior to hitting the road, even if there are no apparent issues. This is especially true when embarking on extended or remote road trips. It is also important to have any check engine or other notification lights addressed and ensure that your oil has changed.
2. Ensure that your car insurance is adequate and up to date.
If you need a better plan to feel even more secure on the road, now is the time to purchase insurance for your safety. It is often better to be safe than sorry in this area. Ensure that your license, tags, or other important paperwork will not expire during your trip. If there is a risk of that, be sure to renew documentation before hitting the road.
3. Make a travel itinerary.
This can include restaurants, sightseeing opportunities, photo ops, rest stops, gas stations, hotels/ motels, and whatever else you desire. Even with an itinerary, it is important to leave room for spontaneity. Roadside attractions, local diners, and scenic viewpoints are just a few ways to briefly enjoy a break away from an itinerary while still staying on track.
There are a variety of apps that can be utilised for trip planning, but many prefer the old fashioned route. Avoid over-planning but do your best to stay peaceful and organised.
4. Come up with some great road trip playlists and entertainment options.
You do not necessarily need expensive satellite radio channels to stay entertained. An upbeat playlist is a great way to stay upbeat and motivated while driving for long distances. These can be made on any one of a variety of free music apps. Podcasts and books on tape are other great alternatives to the radio.
There are various other entertainment options for children like portable DVD players, books, I-Spy games, road trip bingo, and tablets. A fun road trip is about more than just enjoying the view, and these are just a few ways to keep it fun.
5. Assemble an on the go kit with first aid and other emergency essentials.
If you or your children get carsick, it is important to bring fans, peppermints, and barf bags. Emergency preparedness can be a scary topic, but it is important to keep your car stocked with a first aid kit, extra cash, copies of important documents, flashlights, food, water, emergency blankets, gas, spare tires, and any other items that may be needed in the event of an emergency.
6. Decide who will be coming along for the trip.
Will it be a solo trip, or is the whole family coming along? Is it an adults-only road trip, or will it be centred around kid’s activities? The answers to these questions will affect your itinerary and trip goals. When travelling with children, it is often important to plan for more stops during your road trip. Children may also be more likely to get car sick or cranky, and they obviously cannot help share driving duties. Because of this, you may need to make longer overnight stops while travelling. It may be helpful to have a theme park or other child’s favourite destination as an end to your road trip.
7. Budget for your trip and set aside extra for any potential emergencies.
In general, it is a good idea to stay under budget. You can easily stay under budget without sacrificing the quality of your trip. Packing snacks instead of getting them at the gas station is one way to do this. You can also have your passenger safely use apps to help you avoid toll roads and find the least costly gas station locations.
However, you travel, be safe, have fun, and take advantage of as many learning opportunities as possible along the way. Travel is an enriching part of life for people of all ages, travel experience levels, and backgrounds and should be taken advantage of whenever possible.