Going on a road trip is something everyone should experience at least once in their life. Nothing quite compares to hitting the open road in search of adventure, although it always helps to do a bit of planning before your trip to ensure its fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Here are 6 things to do before you head on your road trip for even better experience:
Make a Flexible Plan
Part of the fun of a road trip is driving into the unknown, which is why you shouldn’t focus too much on creating a tight plan with a packed itinerary.
Yes, you want a rough destination to travel towards and probably have a few things you’d love to check out on the way, but other than that try to remain very loose and flexible with your plans.
There is likely to be a few delays, pitstops, and detours along the way, so give yourself plenty of time to do whatever the day brings you. Over planning is only going to make the trip more stressful and less spontaneous!
Set a Budget
Road trips are more affordable than most other types of travel, but that doesn’t mean its going to be cheap. By setting a budget, you avoid overspending and won’t need to worry about how much money you have, giving more time to enjoy the trip.
Be sure to set aside cash for essentials like gas, food, and accommodation, unless you plan on camping or sleeping in your vehicle!
Give the Vehicle a Good Clean
Nobody wants to travel long distances in a car filled with trash, so make sure you give it a good clean before heading out. Plus, mess will quickly accumulate on your trip so by cleaning it before hand it means just some minor cleaning each day to keep the inside nice and clean.
This is especially true if sleeping in the car – nobody wants to share their bed with all kinds of junk!
Get the Vehicle Checked
The last thing that you want in the middle of a road trip is for vehicle problems, so take it to get checked by a mechanic before you leave. Have them check fluids, tires, brakes, and electronics to make sure no issues arise.
Make Sure to Buy a Map
Yes, Google Maps is a fantastic tool for road trips and it should be part of your navigation setup. You may also have GPS built into the vehicle but it’s still a good idea to purchase a physical map just in case there are connection issues or problems with the devices.
Also, checking out the map and finding hidden gems on your route only enhances the road trip experience, so grab a map and some pens and mark down places you may want to check out alone the way.
Prepare for the Worst
Nothing beats the peace of mind knowing you are safe should the worse happen on the road, which is why you should always have some emergency plans in place. Pack a medical kit, join a roadside assistance program, bring some repair tools in case something breaks down, and make sure your insurance is up to date!
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