Taking a road trip is an enjoyable way to travel from one place to another and is very simple to achieve – all you have to just load your stuff in your vehicle and leave. But if you want to have a great experience, you need to put in some planning effort to make sure you have everything you need for a long journey. After all, you don’t want your trip to turn into a disaster because you are missing some basic needs or are ill-prepared for some eventualities.
Make sure that your vehicle is in good enough condition to take you all those miles. Carry a spare tire and an emergency toolbox with you in case of emergencies. Also, take a map that includes information about garages and petrol stations along the route you plan to take.
Whether you are traveling with family or friends, you know that you are going to be stuck for miles with the same company. If possible, plan a driving schedule so everyone spends an equal amount of time behind the wheel. Driving while tired is extremely dangerous so devising a schedule is prudent. You should also keep some snacks handy, and maybe even a travel game and some music to help keep you all entertained along the way.
While these should ideally be marked, whether you decide to go camping, stay in a cheap motel or a fancy hotel, you should also allow for some detours. After all, going on a road trip means you should be flexible, so if you come across a quaint village or town you want to spend some time at, you could probably find a place to stay in for the night.
It would be easy to carry a lot of stuff simply because you are not constrained by baggage rules. However, too many clothes and other unnecessary stuff can lead to lack of space in your car and you will probably be able to find a Laundromat somewhere to wash your dirty clothes when the time calls for it.
One of the un-missable experiences of a road trip involves the eateries and food places you take in along the way. Whether you want to enjoy a meal at a fine dine restaurant or pick up food from bakeries and supermarkets (or a mix of both) you should have an adequate budget for food. If you are not packing any sandwiches for emergencies, at least take some cookies and packaged foods which will not expire on the way.
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