HeSaidSheSaidPH.com | 5 Tips to Prepare for a Road Trip | Going on a road trip can be an incredible experience, provided that you’re properly prepared for the experience. What this means is packing accordingly, setting the optimal itinerary, making sure that your vehicle is in proper working order, providing some entertainment for the road, and driving carefully. However, for a lot of people, the preparation is the last thing on their minds. Instead, they head out overconfident, which causes a whole world of troubles further down the line and prevents them from fully enjoying what lies ahead. With that in mind and without further ado, here are five tips on how to prepare for a road trip.
- Pack accordingly
Packing for the journey can be a proper challenge, mostly due to the fact that you need to walk a thin line between over-packing and under-packing. Taking everything that you need is a great idea, however, by using too much storage space, you might diminish the comfort, by having to use some of your seats and flooring space as an additional storage space. Not to mention that the extra weight makes your fuel economy a lot worse. Therefore, take only bare necessities and keep in mind that there are a lot of items that can be bought along the way.
- Set and study your itinerary
Knowing your itinerary before you set out is incredibly important. Why? Well, first of all, you will know the outline of the journey, which will allow you to plan all the major stops (lodging, rests, gas stops, etc.), as well as all the curiosities that you are bound to encounter somewhere along the way. Just by knowing what your plans are, you will have a lot easier job of setting your mind at ease and enjoying the journey to the fullest.
- Service your car
Servicing your car before the road is something that will ensure your safety. A road trip is supposed to be all about fun, however, getting stranded in the middle of nowhere or panicking because you know that your car could malfunction any minute is definitely not what some would consider as fun. So, make sure that you service your car before you go out. Taking your car to a mechanic is the best way to deal with this situation but buying car parts online so that you can replace them on your own, might be a great plan as well. This is especially true for some minor repairs.
- Prepare entertainment
One more thing worth keeping in mind is the fact that while a road trip may be fun as an experience, it is unlikely that the entirety of the voyage will be considered as a fun experience. In fact, driving long distances can sometimes be incredibly dull, which is why you might want to consider some entertainment. For those traveling in a group, this might not be that big of an issue. However, if you’re traveling on your own, downloading an audiobook or getting some music ready might be a great idea.
- Go for a test drive
The last thing you need to consider is the idea of taking the vehicle for a test drive so that you can see if there’s anything wrong with the vehicle. There are some things that you will notice only after getting behind the wheel, so why not do this day before the journey rather than the day after it. Also, going for a test drive can help you out if you’re driving on a regular basis. It can help you get the feel of the road. A lot of people get road-rusty due to the fact that they carpool or use public transportation to get to work (for financial reasons).
At the end of the day, you need to understand the fact that preparing for a road trip isn’t supposed to be a chore. Needless to say, you can make all of these preparations in a matter of hours (fit in a single day) and enjoy the rest of your trip to the fullest.