Summer is a great time for planning the perfect road trip. We love taking road trips up the coast to Santa Barbara and to other places like San Diego or Nevada. While it can be fun to just get in the car and go. It is often good to take some time to plan.
Planning The Perfect Road Trip
Hello Friends! This is a great season for road trips with family and friends. If you are planning to take a road trip soon, today we are sharing some planning tips to help you be prepared. Having a plan, even a loose one will help with trip expectations and keep the trip stress-free or close to it. There are so many great road trip destinations.
What is the best way to plan a road trip?
With a purpose and a plan. If you are ready to start your road trip planning, check out these tips first.
10 Tips That Will Help You Plan the Perfect Road Trip
Make a Road Trip Plan
- I am all about spontaneity, but having a basic trip plan will help your trip immensely. Have a destination and a purpose for the trip. If you have a trip theme, it is easier to plan activities for when you arrive at your destination and if there are points of interest to include along the way. That doesn’t mean that you can’t stop other places as you go, but chances are you have to be back at some point, so you want to follow a basic plan.
- Don’t be too stuck on your plan. Yes, I did say that you should have a plan going into the trip, but seriously, the best road trip experiences usually include something completely unplanned. Allow some flexibility and downtime in the event that you see something cool on the drive or once you get into a town.
Prepare Your Car for A Road Trip
- Do a pre-trip check on your vehicle. The week before your trip, take your car in to a mechanic and have them to a pre-trip check. Many shops do this for free, or at a low cost. You might be do for tire rotation or an oil change. Be sure to check your spare tire and be sure that your vehicle’s first aid kit is fully stocked.
- Be Ready for Roadside Assistance. Whether it’s through AAA, your insurance company or your auto company, roadside assistance can come in hand when you are on the road. Check this out before your trip so you are ready if you ever need it. You never know when you might find yourself with a flat tire, or out of gas.
- Clean your car. Now that you know that your car is in good traveling shape, it’s time to clean it up. Clean out all of those side pockets, glove boxes and under the seats. Road trips have a way of making a car messy. It’s a good rule of thumb to clean the car out as you go as well. Each time you stop for to eat or take a rest break, throw out any wrappers or drink containers in trash or recycling bins. It will help make for a more enjoyable ride.
- Go through your documents. Just so that you don’t run into any problems, consider printing out a new insurance card and put all of your driving documents in an easy to find folder or envelope in your glove box. You want to have everything in order in the event that you get pulled over.
Road Trip Tips for A Comfortable Ride
- Bring emergency cash. Of course you have money budgeted for your trip. Make sure though, to bring extra “emergency” cash and don’t touch it except for if you really need it. Stuff happens. You may lose your wallet, or your card could get lost, etc. Some small food places only take cash. It’s better to be prepared for those times.
- Recognize limitations. Sometimes the idea of a road trip is so exciting, you don’t really think about the logistics of it all. Sure you can drive 15 hours in day, but do you really want to be sitting in the car that long without a break for sleeping and rejuvenation? Give yourself a break on how far you travel in a day. You will be happy that you did. Make sure you pack some medications for the trip.
- Pack Munchies. Driving long distances, you will get hungry. Make sure you pack plenty of non-perishable snacks such as granola bars, jerky, nuts etc. to keep you filled up on your drive without having to stop at fast food restaurants and gas stations for snacks. Take a small cooler for water and juice or soft drinks and that will save you some money.
- Expect the Unexpected. Know when planning the perfect road trip that some issue is bound to come up. Go into your trip knowing that it could happen and just accept that it is part of the adventure.
How do you prep for road trips?