Venturing out on a road trip, whether it’s with relatives or friends, is an exciting way to see many new parts of the country. However, before you can start to drive, you should make some necessary preperations to ensure a smooth journey.
Map Your Stops
You may want to have the total thrill of a road trip by not pre-planning any stops at all. However, consider how realistic this plan is, especially at peak times of the year when hotels are likely to be fully booked weeks in advance. While you don’t need to plan every destination that you’re going to visit, it is a good idea to at least make sure you have some hotel reservations in place. Check the cancellation policies to see if you can make last-minute changes if necessary.
Wash Your Car
Before going on a road trip, take the time to give your car a good clean. Cleaning the car through an automatic car wash can inspire you to get rid of clutter. You might wonder why clutter even matters on a road trip. First of all, water bottles, books and other items rolling around the car could become a safety hazard. For example, they could get stuck under the brake. Secondly, you will need room to pack your belongings and all this clutter will add up in space!
Have Your Car Checked
In addition to making sure that your vehicle looks good, you also should have it inspected. Consumer Reports notes the importance of ensuring that your vehicle is in safe condition before going out onto the road. Having your car fully examined is a good idea. Doing so can prevent you from having to deal with (expensive) car troubles on the way and more importantly from involvement in fatal accidents.
Stock the Car for the Kids
If you’re going on a trip with the kids, you’ll want to ensure that they are entertained on the ride to make a more pleasant experience for everyone. Bring along plenty of water and non-perishable snacks. Also, you should pack some videos, games, books or other toys depending on their age. Even when the kids aren’t travelling with you, make sure to have water, food and emergency supplies stored in the vehicle.
In the event that the road trip is just turning into a pile of stress, it isn’t really a vacation then. Expect that the weather might not be nice every day of the trip; understand that you are almost certain to hit traffic at some point. In fact, you may even discover that some of the spots you wanted to see are closed on the day that you arrive. While you don’t want to go on the trip with a negative attitude either, maintain realistic expectations.
Making preparations for a road trip should not become overbearing and burdensome. Instead, taking these steps should help you all to have a more enjoyable time.