Do you remember the feels of the journey as a kid when we use stick out our heads out of the window and feel the wind blowing through our face? I think that was the moment, pretty much enough to get most of us to fall in love road trips. Well, if you have never been on a road trip, I am sure you might have planned about it for once in your life at least… like a sneak out with your friends when you get inspired by watching those movies based on road trips. So,…. in real-life road trips are not exactly like what they show in most of the movies. Before hitting the road, you need to be sure and ready because things can go very easily and incredibly wrong when you are on the road. You need to be prepared and plane if you wish to enjoy every moment of your time out.
Therefore, I would like to share some tips and tricks that can make sure you are prepared.
1. Start With the Itinerary
Planning an itinerary is important because when you are ready to sit in your car for eight or more hours you should at least be sure where are you going. Your destination should be clear to you beforehand so that you don’t have to be worried about what you should do or where you should go ..or start from. Besides maintaining an itinerary will help you to maintain the check on basic commodities like food, Toilet, Oil/Gas stations, etc.
2. Get Your Car Serviced
Make sure to get your car cleaned up before hitting the road. have chewing gums, napkins under your seat beforehand. Have your mechanic check your car’s fluid levels, brakes, tires, and anything else that could cause problems on the way. Be sure your spare tire is fully inflated. And most importantly don’t forget the papers of your car.
3. Use Technology
Yes… You know it already ” technology is essential” ….when you are on a road trip to an entirely new place the last thing you would want is to get lost. It sounds fun ‘according to the perspective of a movie’ but seriously it’s way more tiring and annoying. Now in this situation use technologies. (It’s hard to study a paper map and very exhausting, especially when you are also driving) so use google maps instead, it’s reliable and very easy to use. It will be a huge bummer if you are relying on google maps and your phone battery dies, to avoid that situation also but an in-car phone charger or a battery pack, these are the road trip must-haves.
4. Foresee Struggle Spots
When you are riding miles on a road trip, it’s not hard to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before the journey make sure you have researched properly. Have the briefs about where are you going what is the reputation of the place and what kind of people can you anticipate to meet there, What is the traffic status, if any successful shortcuts are provided ( safe Though).
5. Have Your Documents and Money
It’s Last but most important, DO NOT forget your licenses, insurance card, Car documents, and an extra ID. If any of these are missing you can be in deep trouble if you got pulled over. Also, Don’t forget to have some cash in your pocket along with your ATM cards always keep some extra money in your pants just for the case of an emergency.