Are you planning to road trip to your destination next time you travel?
Learn how to make it the best road trip you’ve ever had with these tips:
No matter where you plan to go, you’ll need a starting point and a good map. The biggest mistake novice road trippers make is driving too many miles in one day. Plan for less miles a day, that way, if you see something that piques your interest or you get off course, you can feel free to relax and go with the flow.
First and foremost, you’ll need a detailed road map and a good guidebook, preferably one written with road trippers in mind. A GPS and a first-aid kit are also smart items to purchase. What else you bring depends on your personality and your destination. If you’re headed for a warm climate, be sure to bring plenty of water and keep it on hand throughout the trip. If you’re headed for cooler climes, make sure you have plenty of cold-weather gear — if your car breaks down and you have to wait for help, you’ll be thankful for the extra pair of gloves in the back seat.
If you’re driving your own car or borrowing from a friend, it’s wise to have the oil changed and the wiper fluid checked. Check your tire pressure and make sure you have a spare, and ensure that your roadside assistance is up-to-date and that you know what it covers.
If you’re renting a car, consider your route when you book your rental. Sure, Highway 1 is gorgeous through the window — but just imagine it in a convertible. If your trip is taking you to the mountains, consider an SUV.
Your companions will likely affect you more than any other aspect of your road trip. For that reason, it’s important to have a conversation before the trip to figure out everyone’s comfort levels.
Though you’ll “rarely completely agree,” it is possible to strike a balance between planning and adventure, even if personality types differ.
Keep costs (and tempers) under control by striking a balance between dining in restaurants and eating from a cooler. Mix motels with camping out and bring plenty of snacks for those times you find yourself traveling long distances between meals. If you do stay at a hotel, a motel or even a hostel, be sure to load up on any free breakfast before you get back on the road.