Taking a trip to another country is not your only travel option. There might be a great place around the state or in another state that you have not explored yet. Instead of taking a flight to your destination, why not enjoy a road trip with friends or family members? Here are some helpful tips that you need to consider to make your next trip is more convenient and enjoyable.
Have Your Car Checked
Since you’ll be using your car for the trip, make sure that it’s in its best condition to lower the risk of road problems on your travel. Fill up the tank with fuel if you don’t want it to stop in the middle of the road. This will cost you your precious time and it could also affect the whole experience.
Plan Your Itinerary
Sit together with everyone who’s coming on the trip. Brainstorm on the possible destinations to go to. A quick search on the Internet can help you find potential places to visit. Once you have decided on your destination, see what attractions that you can check out along the way. Familiarize yourself with the gas stations and convenience stores, in case you might need them.
Prepare for Plan B
There are times that your plans may not work for some reason. The road that you’re about to take may be under construction, etc. Always have a plan B prepared to make sure that you can still go on with the trip in case the original plan doesn’t work.
Make Hotel Reservations in Advance
While driving on the road with friends or family can be fun, it can also be very tiring. The least that you want to do is hop from one hotel to another to find an available room where you can stay for the night. To prevent this from happening get a reservation in advance. With this, you’ll know that there’s a nice bed waiting for you to rest and get the energy for another day of driving.
Bring a Map
Bring your GPS and download apps on your mobile device that you can use on your travel. But even if you have these gadgets and apps, it’s still recommended that you bring a paper map with you. These gadgets and apps may malfunction. If this happens, you may lose your way without the paper map. Make sure that someone in your group knows how to read it or else, it wouldn’t serve its purpose.
Bring Tools, Foods and First Aid Kit
Although you had your car checked before your trip, this still doesn’t make it 100% free from trouble. Your tire may explode or you may encounter unexpected problems. It’s important to bring a spare tire and tools for repairing the damage on your car. If you don’t have these, you might spend several hours stuck where you are, waiting for help to come. This could be difficult, especially if you’re on an isolated road.
Packing a first aid kit is also important. Bring medicines for headache, fever and stomachache, as well as cotton, bandages, disinfectant and medication for treating wounds. Since you’re in for a long drive; pack drinks and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and full along the way. This is helpful especially if passing on roads with few or no restaurants where you can eat. Moreover, preparing your own snacks is more cost effective.
Save Your Favorite Music
Download your favorite music on your gadget or burn the songs in a disc. Listening to music while on the road can help you fight boredom, especially when the view is not that interesting. Furthermore, this would help keep the driver awake.
Don’t Do All the Driving By Yourself
Driving can be tiring and it’s not recommended that you drive over 11 hours in a day. Let your other friends drive; that’s as long as you know that they are responsible drivers. Do this every now and then so everyone could rest.
Get Enough Rest Before the Trip
While you may be able to sleep during the trip, it would still not be that comfortable. In order to survive a long distance travel by land, you must be well rested. Sleep early before the trip and eat well prior to driving.
It may take some time before you reach your final destination, but it’s the experience and sceneries that you see along the way during your road trip that often make the greatest memories. Make your next trip the best one by following these tips.
Featured and 1st image by Stig Nygaard [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons