A road trip can be a great experience. You get to see some places from a totally different perspective, you’re completely independent and you can have lots of fun on the road, but all under the condition that you’re well-prepared. While spontaneous trips can leave some amazing memories, they can also mean a lot of worries and troubles, so it’s better to plan ahead.
1. Check your car
Never leave for a long trip without visiting a mechanic. Make sure everything works as it should and you have all the necessary spares.
2. Get useful apps
There’s no point in making everything more difficult when you can get help and simply enjoy the trip. Download FixdApp to always be able to tell what’s going on with your car, Waze to know where you’re going and choose the best route, or GasBuddy to never blindly look for gas stations.
3. Have a loose plan
You should more or less know where you’re going so that you can check what is there to see during your trip, but don’t be too tight and don’t mind any modifications.
4. Keep your car clean
Clean it before your trip and try cleaning during traveling. Since you’re going to spend the most time in there, you don’t want it to be a mess. Even if you don’t mind your car being messy on a daily basis, you will get tired of it during a road trip.
5. Prepare entertainment beforehand
Fun apps for your phone, car games, music playlists, etc. You don’t want to get bored and even with the most remarkable views, you can’t be looking out the window the whole time.
6. Know trouble spots
Do some research to know where you can encounter heavier traffic and other problems, and plan your trip accordingly, e.g., avoid city centers in rush hours.
7. Decide the distribution of work
It’s not only the driver who’s responsible for getting you to your destination. There are people who are better at navigating, others will plan good meals instead of living on chips and snacks. Make each person responsible for something.
8. Make sure you have all the necessary documents
And to know about emergencies and what to do in case of car troubles, check out the infographic below: