How to Get The Most Out of Your Next Road Trip
“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.” – Angela N. Blount
Road trips are a great way to see the world. Whether you take one from your own home town or if you travel to a new place and see the sites by driving through a new country. Road trips allow you the freedom to stop whenever you want, get out and take photos, take breaks, and just give you an overall feeling of freedom that you don’t get with more structured trips. However, road trips can be stressful, especially if you are traveling with kids and pets. The best advice I can give you if you are planning a road trip is to plan every stage of the journey and get yourself prepared for emergencies.
Check the Weather Forecast
If you are planning to make the most out of the time you spend on the road and during your stops, you need to check an accurate weather forecast ahead, so you can plan your activities and your route accordingly. In case you happen to travel in the cold winter, you might need to get a snow chain, depending on the states you are going to cover. On the other hand, if it is too hot, you should get your car’s air conditioning checked out. Make sure to look ahead at the destinations you plan to hit ahead of time so you can alter your route if they are expecting any kind of weather emergency.
Get Your Planning Hat On
The beauty of a road trip is that you don’t have to follow the crowd and a strict itinerary. To make the most out of your travels, you will need to make your life easier. Packing is where you should start. If you have to dig around the back of the car just to find a charger, you are wasting precious time. Make sure to organize your car and create a list of things you will need while on the road, so you can put them where they are easy to find.
Remember to plan for emergencies as well. Have an emergency road kit with you. Jumper cables, road flares, maps (in case the wifi goes out and you can’t connect), and your insurance/ roadside assistance numbers. You should also make sure your spare tire is good and you have what you need to change a tire. I also like to keep a few bottles of water and snacks just in case you get stuck in a long traffic back up or have to wait for roadside assistance. I also always print off a paper copy of my directions for that day just in case my GPS goes out (it has happened!).
Check Out Possible Stops
Spontaneity is part of the fun on road trips but it is also a good idea to look ahead and have an idea of where you want to stop and how far each stop will be from each other. Are you traveling through areas where it may be difficult to find gas or restrooms? Are you staying at a planned hotel or campsite? Do they have hours that you must check in by? If you are traveling in a country you are not familiar with are there roads or areas that have travel advisories? Research your route ahead of time and have a good idea of where you want to stop and times you hope to be there by. Make sure a friend or loved one also knows the routes you plan to take in case of an emergency.
It is also a good idea to make frequent stops if you are traveling with pets or children. Get out and stretch your legs, this will help you stay alert and avoid road trip fatigue.
Of course, all of us have car insurance, but if you are crossing borders, you will have to check whether or not you are still covered. In case you are planning on traveling by plane for a part of the journey and are looking for a vehicle at your destination, you will have to compare Perth car hire pricing and make sure that you can get the insurance you need for the entire journey.
Upgrade Your SatNav
When hitting the unknown roads and terrains, you will need all the help you can get. You might want to upgrade or just update your SatNav system to ensure that you are getting up-to-date information on the road ahead and the closures, to avoid delays and stress.
Download some Apps
There are several great apps to help you get the most out of your road trip. Look into apps like Road Tripper, Field trip, or Google Trips. You can read more about the 10 best travel apps here. Find the one that best meets your needs and play around with it before your trip so you know how to get the most out of it. If you are traveling in a foreign country look into some translation apps or apps that might be specific for the area you will be traveling in.
Road trips can be an amazing adventure, but they take planning and thought in order for them to be a real success. Good luck and happy travels!