It’s high time to go on a road trip, experience something new and meet new people. Apart from choosing your destination, there are also a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration before you leave. If you are traveling by car, and more importantly, if you are planning to drive a long time, you will need to be prepared in terms of equipment. To help you get ready for an amazing adventure, we have singled out a few tips for you to follow.
1. Prepare in advance
It is important that you plan everything at least a week or two ahead of your trip. This way, you will have enough time to choose a destination and mark all the places and attractions that you wish to see along the way. Make sure that you’ve planned all the stops, especially at gas stations where you will get fuel and have your bathroom break. Planning a 5-hour drive without breaks is an impossible feat, and shouldn’t be practiced at all. If it is a longer trip, then you might want to plan a couple of longer stops where you will get some sleep.
2. Getting the right gear
After you have planned your route, it is time to check your car, it goes without saying that you need to do this thoroughly. This means that you will have to check a lot of things including the oil, wheels, fuel, lights and other essential parts of the vehicle. If you need anything added or replaced, for example new tires, you should take it to a car shop before you go on your journey just be on the safe side. Keep in mind that quality of the tires is essential, so opt for the most reliable tires on the market in 2017 and make the right choice depending on your vehicle, your driving style and the road conditions you’ll be driving in.
3. Packing necessary clothes
Depending on your desired destination, you should bring adequate clothing. Make sure that you check the weather predictions for the whole week before leaving. Still, forecasts are never 100% accurate – this means that you’ll have to take some essential clothing pieces with you on the journey. In order to be prepared for any kind of sudden weather changes we recommend bringing a jacket or a hoodie for the rain and an umbrella. Don’t forget to bring some light clothing as well, in case it gets too hot.
4. Energy and hydration
Although you may feel invincible during the first 2 hours due to the excitement of going on a road trip, you have to know that you need an energy refill, just like your car needs a fuel refill, so that you can endure the long ride. Make sure not to have a large feast beforehand, because a large amount of food will make you tired and sleepy. The best option is to opt for light snacks, which will supply you with enough energy and won’t upset your stomach. Our top suggestions include a sandwich, some potato or corn chips, some fruit, and lots of water.
5. Be prepared for emergency
Whenever you are on the road, you have to be focused. Always keep in mind that you must drive responsibly. Being responsible also means that you will come prepared with a first aid kit in case something happens to you or the people in the car. Make sure that you have your debit cards and some cash if you need to do some repairs at a car shop during your drive.
As we can see, it doesn’t take much effort to prepare for a long car journey. The only thing that you need to do is stick to the plan.