Travel Tips

Planning for a Road Trip

Should you plan for the road trip that you’ve always wanted to do? Many people would argue that road trips should be spontaneous. You know what’s the best part of doing a road trip? You are in charge. You decide where, when, how you want to get to your destination and which places you should pass by along the way. You decide what things to take with you. You decide where to stop and rest. Who cares if others think you’re not doing it right? It’s your road trip, not theirs. Do it the way you want to do it.

Plans are more like guidelines anyway. They’re not set in stone that you get punished if you don’t follow them. You can change your mind and that’s fine. You get to choose if you want to travel solo, with a friend, with a love interest, with a group or with your family. You even get to choose if you want to attend certain events. If it’s winter where you live and get discouraged because you want to have a summer road trip, consider traveling to a tropical country with low cost living and just rent a car and have your road trip there. The possibilities are endless as long as you let your mind travel beyond the norm.

Packing checklist

Once you’ve decided where to go, which way to take, and how long you intend to be away; make a checklist of which things to take with you. You can practically pack anything that fits into the trunk of your car and the backseat. To help you decide on whether you should bring a suitcase, a duffel bag, or a backpack, check out the Luggage Direct website. The site will give you many insights on which would be more appropriate for your journey through the specifications that are shown for each product. There are even products that you probably have never thought you needed like toiletry bags and travel comfort items.

Pack weather and activity appropriate clothing. Bring a swim suit if you’re going to pass by a coastal area or if you plan to stopover in a lakeside property. You may feel the urge to go for a swim. Make sure you also explore voucher codes which would provide you some cool staying options at economical prices. Remember to bring camping and cooking gear as well. You might feel the need to camp somewhere, especially if you meet nice people who are on the road just like you. Days before you intend to leave, buy grocery items like snacks, microwavable food, instant noodles, water, other kinds of drinks, or anything else that you may need on the trip. You’ll be able to save money as you won’t have to go to drive-thrus whenever you get hungry. Remember to bring a cooler for your drinks. Bring emergency items as well like flashlights and first aid kit. If you have maintenance medications, don’t forget to bring them with you.

Pre-departure preparations

Study maps and guidebooks about the places that you will visit. You may want to detach from all the gadgets, but using a GPS can be very helpful when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere or if you want to take a look at the traffic conditions along your route. Remember to also monitor the weather. Before you leave, check the weather conditions. If the weather will become unpredictable or if there are storm forecasts, you may want to use an app that tracks the forecast along your route. It will also give advice when it will be time for you to take a detour or stay for a while until the storm passes.

Get the car serviced before the trip. If it’s been recently serviced, then at least check the tire pressures, and oil and battery levels before you leave. If you will be traveling with kids, make sure car seats and booster seats are correctly installed. You can also use a gas cost calculator to locate the cheapest pumps in the towns that you’ll be passing through. Don’t forget to check the insurance, registration, and license. If you’re traveling to other states where fines could be greater, it would be better to have all your documentation up to date and accessible in your car. Be ready for roadside emergencies as well. If you are part of an auto club, program the phone number into your smartphone.

Drive safely and enjoy!

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Rest and have a good night’s sleep before your trip. You’ll be driving most of the time and it can be very tiring. Driving when drowsy or sleepy is dangerous. It’s the cause of many accidents. Be physically prepared for your road trip so you can fully enjoy all of it. Be mentally and psychologically prepared as well. You’re bound to meet different kinds of people and if you smell that something nasty could be brewing, remind yourself to stay out of trouble. There are also some cities where finding parking spaces can be very difficult. Be patient and don’t be surprised if there are high city parking rates. If you feel like your blood pressure is rising because of the cost, just close your eyes, breathe deeply, calm yourself, and think of some happy thoughts. Then drink some ice cold drinks to lower your temperature.

To see the real beauty of the world, deviate from the beaten path and experience what it’s like being in actual communities and in the presence of natural wonders. Meander through the countryside and get a feel of what it would be like to actually live there. Never forget to bring your camera. You would surely want to capture some special moments and all the wondrous places that you’ve seen. You may even want to take pictures of the people who have been very nice and helpful to you. It’s always nice to look back at some of the wonderful memories you’ve had.


  1. I love road trips, and the one bit of advice I always give people is: Don’t rush. Take it easy and don’t be a hurry to get to the next place. Stop whenever you see anything interesting and take every opportunity you can to talk with the locals, because you may be surprised at the number of interesting places that you can find along your route that are not in the guidebooks.

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