Going on a road trip is the ultimate travel experience. You and a few of your buddies (or family members) can just watch the world pass by as you bop your heads to your favourite songs and munch through an endless array of snacks. Of course, before you leap in a car and screech off towards the horizon, you need to plan out your journey. It’s not as simple as filling the tank with gas and seeing where you end up. Here’s how to prepare for the ultimate road trip.
Pack everything you’ll need
Sounds obvious, right? Well, in the excitement of venturing out on a road trip, many forget all the key things they’ll need beyond petrol in the tank and a map or GPS in front of them. Both of those things are important, of course, but you need to be prepared for any eventuality. You might have a few snacks in the car to keep you going but you should have some proper food and water supplies (and a cooler in which to store them) with you in case you end up stuck somewhere. As suggested over at snapguide.com, a flashlight, first aid kit, and a cell phone (if there are several of you in the car then everyone will most likely have a phone) are also key things you need for emergencies. On the fun side of things, you should have a pumped-up playlist to get you into the groove for the long road ahead.
Look after your car
It’s vital that you look after your vehicle on a road trip; it’s going to be under a lot of strain if you’re travelling for hours. As we’ve discussed before, no matter how expensive or inexpensive your car may be, you can always save costs by putting a little time into looking after it on a regular basis. Of course, you need to not only look after your car whilst driving but before you even set off on your road trip. It’s important that you give it a thorough inspection from top to bottom to ensure that it’s ready for a long journey.
Nothing ruins a road trip like breaking down halfway through it. Check your oil levels and tire pressure before you go. You might also want to check out sites such as autoco.com.au for maintenance experts who can service your car before you head off on your travels. Any faults or doubts, even if they’re minor, should certainly be addressed before you hit the open road. You want to be sure that your vehicle has a clean bill of health before a long journey.
Have a backup plan
Whilst you and your pals likely planned out a route for this road trip well ahead of your actual journey, you have to be prepared for unexpected circumstances. Maybe a certain road is closed or maybe you’ll spend too much time at one destination and start to fall behind schedule. It’s good to have a plan B in place if things go wrong; plan out several alternative routes for your journey that you can take if the original plan doesn’t work out. You don’t want your road trip to come to a disappointing standstill whilst you figure out what to do next.