ROAD TRIP TIPS & ESSENTIALS
Looking for a budget-friendly way to travel this summer? Consider a family road trip! It’s fun, economical, and a great way to make memories with your loved ones.
We’ve compiled a list of road trip essentials to help make your journey a success. Follow the below tips before you hit the open road.
1. TAKE YOUR CAR IN FOR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
The last thing you want is to get stranded on the side of the road. Make sure your car is in tip-top shape before you head out on your grand adventure. Visit your local mechanic for a routine maintenance appointment to ensure that everything is working properly. Worried about the cost? Here are some tips to help you save money on auto-care and vehicle maintenance.
Check that you have all necessary car supplies at the ready. Some things you definitely want to include in your packing: a spare tire, the car manual, your license & registration, a flashlight, and any weather-related items (ice scraper, umbrella, etc.). A spare car key is also a good idea.
If you want to cover all your bases, consider travel insurance. This will give you peace of mind that everything will be taken care of in the event of an emergency.
2. BE PREPARED
Your car isn’t the only thing that needs to get ready for the trip. Don’t forget to prepare yourself as well by being well rested, fed, and mentally focused. You want to start your adventure on the right foot. Double check that you have all of your directions, maps, toll money, and logistical information.
Road tripping with young children? If possible, aim to travel during times when they’re most likely to be in a good mood. Try to schedule longer stretches of driving around nap time. Click here for some additional tips for traveling with children.
Do your best to avoid rush hour or other busy road times. It’ll make the trip go a lot smoother if you’re not always stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. Check your GPS for any roadwork or backups and plan accordingly.
Before you leave, get a gas credit card to build reward points.You might as well earn some financial perks while you’re on your trip!
3. MAKE THE JOURNEY JUST AS FUN AS THE DESTINATION
The key to a successful road trip is to make it just as enjoyable as the vacation itself. It shouldn’t be something you dread. It should be exciting and entertaining! Before you leave, plan out interesting things to do along your route. You’ll be amazed by all the fascinating things you can see on a road trip! But also leave room for spontaneity and unexpected discoveries. The unplanned adventures are often the best ones!
Ask for recommendations from anyone you meet along the way. This includes cashiers, gas attendants, waiters, etc. They likely know the area much better than you do and may have interesting insight on places to see and activities to try.
When possible, take a scenic route instead of the highway. Much of the charm and uniqueness of a road trip comes from taking a few back roads. It’s worth the extra drive time!
4. HAVE PLENTY OF IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT AVAILABLE
Even with a fun itinerary, multiple hours in the car can be taxing. Make sure you’re as comfortable as possible and pack everything you need to have a fun trip. Take the time to set yourself up for success.
You’re also going to want to stock up on snacks and treats. The food is arguably one of the best parts of any road trip, so get creative!
Pick out your entertainment methods before you leave. Pack good books, load up the iPad with movies, and download games and apps onto your phone. This will help keep you and your family occupied.
Don’t forget about some good, old-fashioned road trip games! They’re sure to get a few laughs, and you’ll be amazed at how fast they can make the time go by.
You can also take this opportunity to connect with each other and learn new information. The car is a good place for deep conversations. Check out this list of fun questions that are perfect for the whole family.
Road trips are a great, low-cost way to travel with your loved ones. With the proper preparation and planning, they can be filled with fun and adventure. By following these tips, you can make your road trip just as much fun as the vacation itself. Happy traveling!