A road trip is always a great idea. You can get a lot of awesome experiences along the way, plenty of stories to tell on your travel blog, and of course more than enough pictures and beautiful videos for your Instagram and YouTube accounts. It doesn’t have to be a particularly long road trip either. A simple trip to a neighbouring city or a nice drive through the countryside can be as epic as a long road trip.
To have an awesome road trip, however, there are a few things you need to prepare. We are going to go over the complete list of things to prepare right here in this article.
One of the first things to do when preparing for a road trip is to prepare a route. Set a destination and start looking into the different roads you can take for the most thrilling experience. You can use tools such as Furkot or the popular app Roadtrippers (available for iOS) to help you get started.
Plan stops along the way, but leave some room for spontaneous visits too. You never know what you may find once you’re on the road.
A Car (and a Valid Driving License)
Your car needs to be in good shape for the trip. The last thing you want is to have to deal with breakdowns and car problems in the middle of nowhere. Alternatively, you can rent a car specifically for the trip.
If you want to rent a car for the road trip, make sure you can turn the car in at the destination, especially if you’re going on a particularly long trip. This will allow you to fly home instead of having to drive all the way back.
A valid driving license is also necessary. Fortunately, passing your driving test is now very easy to do. You can rely on resource centres such as Top Tests to help you practice your theory, making it easier to ditch your provisional license and get a full driving license.
Safety Items and Preps
Another important thing to do is to make sure you’re safe throughout the trip. For this, you need to prepare some safety and emergency items. A complete set of meds and an emergency kit, apps to help you get in touch with friends or family in the event of an emergency, and additional knowledge about emergency services (and amenities) that you can access easily along the way are among the things to focus on.
You can also use apps like HotelQuickly or Booking.com to find last minute deals on accommodation, just in case you need to make an emergency stop or you cannot make it to the next city. These apps can help you find the nearest hotel by using your last known GPS position.
Other Basic Kits
Last but not least, make sure you have these basic items prepared for the trip:
- Some cash for expenses and emergencies.
- Entertainment! Get your Spotify playlists downloaded and make sure you prepare some movies to keep you entertained at night.
- Simple games to keep you from getting bored on longer roads.
- Don’t forget your camera and some spare batteries!
That’s it! With these simple preparatory tips, you can plan – and have – an awesome road trip. Don’t forget to share the experience with company; it’s always best to go on a road trip with at least one friend.