How to Plan a Road Trip
Whether you're escaping for a long weekend or planning a bigger trip, make it count. You have it in you to become a road trip maestro and we're going to help you release it. So, here are our top tips for planning a stellar road trip.
Plan Your Route
Spontaneity is fun, but have a general route planned to avoid boring detours. Take note of some places along the way to fuel up so you don't run out of juice halfway through a barren stretch of road. No one wants to be the guy or girl on the side of the road pleading for assistance. It's also good to have an idea of the places you'll stop at for a rest to break up the drive, or to stay overnight and stock up on food, water and other necessities.
Book Accommodation and Activities in Advance
Whether you're staying at campsites or motels, book accommodation in advance. It's the best way to avoid any disappointment or unnecessary stress. Likewise, if there is an activity that you want to do while in a particular region, such as snorkelling or a guided tour, book it so you don't miss out.
Organise Your Itinerary
It may sound boring, but an organised itinerary is a great way to fit everything in. Knowing when you will be in a particular area (so you can book accommodation), how long it is expected to take between destinations and how much time you want to dedicate to rest stops will help you plan your route and make the most of your time on the road.
Write a Packing List
When packing for a road trip it's important to only bring what you need to avoid an uncomfortably cosy ride. Essential supplies, of course, include food, water, plus clothes and shoes to suit your road trip activities and weather conditions. If you're camping, be sure to bring all the essential camping supplies that you'll need - tent, sleeping bags, toiletries, cooking equipment etc. For a little bit of camping luxury, pack a two-person hammock for afternoon siestas. Don't forget the camera!
Get the Car Serviced
This one seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how often it is forgotten before a big road trip. When planning a road trip it is absolutely critical to ensure your car has been serviced and everything is up to date, including the basics such as air in the tyres, oil and water. Travel worry free while on the road with the peace of mind that your car is fit for the challenge.
Make a Playlist
Of course, no road trip is complete without a playlist! Don't forget to include Bohemian Rhapsody, you know you want to.
The key to being a road trip maestro is planning well and covering your bases before the ride. Make the most of your short or long road trip by planning your route, booking accommodation, creating a rough itinerary, making a packing list and getting your car serviced.