Read trips are a popular way to travel, explore, sightsee and spend some quality time with family or friends; but, a badly prepared road trip can be a disaster. Don’t let your bad planning ruin the trip for you and everyone else, but read the following road trip tips and make your next journey a trip to remember.
Plan your route
First things first, you have to know how you’re going to get there. You can plan your trip route around different things, depending on your priorities. If you want to save some money, then download an app that will show you the cheapest gas stations along your route. If your priority is sightseeing, then check in advance what is it that you want to see in places you’ll visit. It’s also a good idea to consult the weather forecast and see what kind of weather you can expect and prepare accordingly. Choose your definite route and go for it! Here is how to plan an Australian road trip if you are curious.
If you’re planning on staying in one place for more than a day, make sure to book your accommodation in advance. That way you can relax along the way knowing there will be a room waiting for you. If for some reason you didn’t do that, don’t despair. There are apps that can help you find accommodation quickly and efficiently.
Bring something to eat
Sandwiches, snacks and drinks are a must on every road trip list. People usually pack enough for one day, and then make stops and replenish their stocks along the way. This way you’ll always have fresh food and cold drinks around. You can also stop at various restaurants and diners on your route and try something new and different. If there are restaurants you don’t want to miss, mark them on your GPS so you don’t accidentally drive by them.
Have some fun
For a fun road trip, all you need is music and some simple games with friends. You can stack your USB stick with your favorite songs, use Spotify, Pandora or Songza, or you can simply browse the radio and enjoy some local music. Of course, sing-alongs are a must, and there is bound to be some good choir singing along the way. There are also different road trip games you can play with your family and friends. They are fun and if you’re a driver, they will keep you awake and alert.
Get your car ready
You want to make sure your vehicle is in perfect working condition before taking a road trip. Visit your repair shop and tell them about the trip, and they will make all the necessary checks. Do this at least 2 weeks before the journey so you can start the trip on time. Don’t ignore flashing lights on the board, later that could ruin everyone’s trip. Make sure your tires are adequate and in good shape. Experts advise on getting some good 4WD tires that will serve you well on all terrains and under all conditions.
For your sake and sake of everyone around you, you have to stay safe on the road. Try not to speed or text while driving otherwise you can endanger many lives. You can get apps that will read your messages to you and you can always use voice recognition apps to text hands-free. Stay alert, get enough rest and sleep and you should be fine. If you’re not the one behind the wheel, then make sure the driver is entertained and in good condition to drive.
You are guaranteed to come back from your road trip with loads of great memories, photos and experiences, so don’t mess up an opportunity like that with bad planning and packing. Remember these tips for your next journey and bon voyage!