Is there anything sweeter than a road trip? Taking a plane or train might be faster of course, but you’re missing out on so much. It’s not like you can take in the scenery from 10,000 feet in the air or while moving at a hundred miles an hour. No, to really see the world around you a road trip is the best choice. This is what I did in Argentina. I admit it was not very easy but you can learn from my mistakes 🙂
Here’s how to prepare for a road trip.
Put Together a Route
One of the most important parts of any road trip – or indeed any journey – is the route. You need to have a destination in mind. Don’t forget all the stops you plan on making along the way. Being able to stop and see everything is one of the main benefits of taking a road trip after all. Is there anything you want to see, any tourist destinations you want to visit? Put them down on the route.
Prepare the Car
Your car will be your best friend on your road trip. You’re screwed without it. That’s why you need to take care of your car and prepare it before you leave. Take it to the garage and make sure it can handle a long trip. Have any preventative maintenance done and get any niggling issues fixed. You wouldn’t want to be cruising down the road in the middle of nowhere only for your car to break down. Keep that gas tank topped up too!
Consider Where You’ll Be Staying
One of the drawbacks of a road trip is being stuck with nowhere to stay. It’s not a problem at all if you have a camper van or an RV that you can sleep in, but if you’re in a car you need to consider where you’ll be staying. Look on the route for motels you can spend the night in and consider putting together a proper itinerary to ensure you’re never too far away from the nearest place to stay when the sun starts to set.
A road trip – as the name implies – involves a lot of driving. A lot of boring, repetitive driving. Prepare yourself mentally for the task you’ll be undergoing. Consider getting some apps on your phone to prevent texting and driving. If you’re travelling with friends and family then consider putting together a schedule so no one is driving for too long and everyone has time to check their phones and do something to keep the boredom at bay.
Grab Some Music and Food
Raiding your CD collection, loading up your iPod, or just opening Spotify on your phone is a great way to keep boredom at bay during the less exciting aspects of a road trip. The right music can also keep you alert and focused on the road ahead of you. Pack some food so that you have something to eat in-between food stops if the gang gets hungry.
While there’s some work that has to be done before you can hit the road, it’s all done to ensure that the road trip itself is as smooth, safe, and fun as possible. Be prepared and you’ll be ready to enjoy the best of what the open road has to offer!