A road trip is the ultimate expression of freedom; you can take time off work, get in your vehicle, and head off over the horizon, looking for adventure. You might have a destination in mind and a reason for taking the trip, or you might just think that it is something that sounds fun, and you want to see what is out there. Whatever your reason for going, although it might sound romantic to just hop in the car and start driving, some preparations need to be carried out first. Read on to find out more.
Prepare the Car
If your car is only usually used to drive short trips to and from work, school, the grocery store, or to visit family and friends, you need to ensure that it’s going to be safe and in good enough condition to drive potentially many thousands of miles, often for hours at a time.
Start by having a mechanic check over the vehicle you intend to use. They will be able to tune the car up, making it ready to go on your trip. Make sure they check everything thoroughly, and if you do need to make repairs, then you should do; otherwise, your trip might be cut short.
If you cannot afford to make the repairs, you might consider hiring a car or buying a cheaper one (that runs better) in the meantime. No matter what vehicle you use, you’ll need to have the right car insurance to go along with it, so don’t forget that either.
Packing is an essential element of any road trip or any kind of trip at all. With a road trip, however, you might be away from home for several weeks, depending on your plans and where you are going, so you might be tempted to take a lot with you. Ideally, you will want to travel light instead. Just a small bag with a few changes of clothes and some toiletries is all you really need. Other essentials will include:
- A smartphone (only if you want to have one, perhaps for safety reasons)
- A camera to document your trip
The clothes can be washed at the hotels you pick or at local laundromats, so there is really no need to take a lot with you. This will make it easier to move from place to place and make the trip a lot more comfortable as your vehicle will not be full to bursting.
Do not Do A Lot of Research
There is such a thing as being too prepared, and when it comes to enjoying your road trip, sometimes it is better to be surprised along the way and not plan out everything in advance. Although it is good to know where you will be spending the night, and where you intend to get to, the rest can be left up to chance. You might drive past some local tourist attraction that looks interesting, and without a set itinerary, you can just stop and have a look.
This makes the trip a lot more exciting, and it’s something that can make all the difference to the great memories you have of your adventure.