If you are planning a road trip this summer, then there are some things you should know before you set off. It helps to be prepared for every eventuality, so there aren’t any surprises.
Have a plan
It always pays to have a plan, even if it is just a loose one. It helps to plan any stops along your route and also lets you know where you’ll be staying every night. If there’s a particular hotel you want to stay in then, it can be a good idea to book in advance to save disappointment. You don’t want to plan too much as half the fun can be the endless sagas that will crop up along the way.
Don’t pack too much
If you are visiting new places, then you’ll want to be able to collect souvenirs of your travels. It can be lovely going shopping in another town and you’ll pick up things that no one back home will have. It can also be a fantastic time to buy any birthday or Christmas gifts that are a bit unusual.
Make a playlist
Pick some songs you love and make a playlist or put them onto a CD for the car. It’s a great way to liven up the long drive, and it will also mean you’ll feel nostalgic every time you hear those songs in the future.
Check in with someone
If it’s your first road trip, then this is especially true. Whether it’s a friend or a family member, let them know you’ve arrived at your destination safely. Also, keep them informed of your plan and what time you should be arriving. It sounds silly, but it can be invaluable should you get into trouble and need assistance.
Don’t do too much research
Part of the fun of a road trip is not knowing where you’ll be next. It takes some of the fun away from the experience if you know every single good bar or hip hotel to check out in the next town. Go with the flow and let some things be a surprise. It can be an excellent way to get to know the area.
Choose your transport wisely
Make sure that your preferred mode of transport is reliable and large enough to transport you and your belongings during the trip. RVs are outstanding options for anyone who wants an adventure, or you could consider getting a travel trailer. Whatever you decide, just remember to have fun. Pack enough supplies for the trip including food and drink should you get stuck in traffic. As the famous saying goes, it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.”
Make new friends
Being away from home is a very good time to make new friends and get outside your comfort zone. You can ask someone in the hotel for recommendations, or be brave and approach people sat outside a café. It is a great way of breaking the ice and learning more about the place you’re visiting.