If you want your road trip to be a success, you need to plan, plan and plan some more. Preparing for a road trip is the best way to get from A to B via all the other points in a safe and secure way. Road tripping can be hard; it’s easy to get caught up in the driving and tire out easily, so you need to be smart about where you stop and start at all times.
Putting the wheels down and making this the road trip of the year should be fun, so let’s start working on a list of things that you need to do to make it a great time for all.
- Make sure that you have the right insurance before you set out. If you’re choosing to hire a van, you need to shop around and get a van insurance quote to make sure that you are covered for all eventualities. You should also ensure that the insurance covers you for accidents and car seat replacements if you are with the kids.
- Always have a second driver if you can when you are travelling. You want to know that you have someone who can take over for you when you are tiring out. Driving takes a lot out of you, so you should be prepared!
- Schedule regular breaks along your drive, but make sure that you take some unscheduled breaks if you feel any level of exhaustion, or your legs and back begin to ache. You need to keep that blood moving and you need time to stretch, too. You should have a break every couple of hours, and you shouldn’t spend too long as the sole driver if you can avoid it.
- Make sure that you have an emergency pack in your car at all times. It should have spare batteries, a torch, food, water, a blanket and a spare phone charger. You should also include a map and a compass!
- Bring plenty of snacks and water with you on your trip. Staying hydrated is a must and you should try to stop your mouth from becoming too dry. Mints should help this, but try not to eat too many sugar-free things; the result will be the rest of your trip in the bathroom!
- Pack what you need, and if you can, install a roof rack so that you can pack enough without overloading the trunk and seats of the car. Always bring spares of everything, too, just in case you need them. You can always find a launderette to wash your things as you go!
- Take your car for a tune up before you get on the road. You need to know that it’s in the best working condition possible before you get out there. The last thing that you want is to get stuck, or skid off the road because you didn’t look after the tires properly.
Preparation is key with your road trip; and if you fail to prepare, you put yourself at risk.