The warm weather is finally here, the kids are on summer vacation, and you have time to plan and go on a great road trip! You’ll be joining 64% of Americans who want to do the same thing!
Road trips do require planning, however. You can’t spontaneously get out there on the wide-open road, especially if you’re traveling with other people.
We’re here to talk about road trip planning tips, so you can plan the right way. Read on to learn more.
- Note Important Stops Along Your Road Trip Route
You’re excited about your road trip and you have your destination in mind. Part of the fun of a road trip instead of a flight, however, is that you can (and should) make stops along the way to see some cool sights. Why would you drive several states away if you’re not going to stop and “smell the roses,” so to speak?
Plan out an itinerary that includes anything fun or interesting on the path to your destination. Don’t be afraid to deviate from your pre-planned path if it means seeing something cool!
Bonus tip: you should also plan for “less fun” stops, like gas stations for fueling up and restroom breaks. Remember that there are some areas where you won’t see a gas station for miles. Check your map and plan ahead.
- Pack Your Bags Appropriately
Because you’re taking the car instead of a flight, you’re able to bring more things with you without any pesky bag checking fees. Make sure that you pack the right way.
Have small bags up near the front of the car for necessities so you’re able to grab them easily. These include toiletries, a first-aid kit, games and activities for the car ride, and your wallet.
Pack enough clothing for the trip. Road trips tend to be lengthy and you never know when you’re going to be able to wash your clothes. Assume that you won’t be able to and pack accordingly.
- Create a Road Trip Budget
Even if you’re planning on camping your way through your road trip instead of spending time in hotels, you still need to plan on spending some money.
You’re going to be buying food, getting gas, and seeing cool sights. You may want souvenirs or to do fun activities.
Plan out how much you’re able to spend on your trip and keep track along the way.
- Do Pre-Trip Maintenance
Before your car even leaves your driveway, make sure that you do all necessary maintenance. No one wants to end up with a broken-down car on the side of the road.
Take your car to the local mechanic for vehicle maintenance. Make sure that your tires are in good condition and that you don’t need an oil change.
If you’re bringing a recreational vehicle with you, do a quick check of that as well. Get some new recreational vehicle batteries, check the wheels, and give it a test drive.
Road Trip Planning? Keep These Things in Mind
When you are road trip planning, make sure that you do pre-trip maintenance, set a budget, pack your bags the right way, and plan your route with fun in mind. You’re sure to have a great time!
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