Road-tripping is one of the best ways to travel. You’re not just heading to one destination for a lazy vacation – you’re on an adventure that takes you to numerous destinations. And, of course, it’s not just about the places you visit along the way. The thing that makes a road trip so great is the journey itself. It’s about sitting in a car with family or friends as you drive past scenic places, listen to fun music, laugh, and snack on terrible food. That’s what makes the adventure so much fun. Of course, there are certain ways to make your traveling experience a little bit more special. Here are some ideas that’ll help you get the most out of your road trip.
Plan your route.
This might be a boring idea to kick off the article, but it’s the best way to ensure that you fully enjoy your road trip. You don’t want to be making plans whilst on your journey – you want to relax and immerse yourself in the adventure of the experience. That’s why you should get the boring stuff out of the way before you leave. Make a list of the places you want to visit and calculate your route. If you make a full plan then you’ll be able to figure out how to time everything. You don’t need a fully regimented schedule, but you should decide how long you want to spend in each place so as to make sure that you have time to see everything. You might only be road-tripping for a weekend or for a single day. You need to make a plan so that you find time to see everything. Otherwise, you’re going to be disappointed. Ensure that you get the most out of your road trip by sorting out the “boring” plan before you start driving.
Tell people about your plan.
Once you’ve made your plan, you need to make sure that you tell people about it. This isn’t just for the sake of bragging about the awesome adventure that you’ve planned – it’s about the safety of you and your passengers. If people know your whereabouts and your planned route then they’ll be able to check in with you and make sure that everything’s going okay. If you’re planning on taking an adventure down long open roads (especially in parts of the world like America or Australia) then you might end up taking some very scenic routes that are far away from civilization. You’d want people to know where you were if your car broke down or you got lost and they didn’t hear anything from you. Of course, it’s not just about emergencies; if you talk to friends and family about the trip you’ve planned then they might be able to tell you about great places to see along the way. You might be able to add some great scenic locations and towns to your list of destinations to visit.
Bring enough food and drink.
This is definitely something that you need to give consideration before you left the house. Make sure that you stock up on supplies before you set off on your road trip. And, whilst it’s important to stock up on snacks, you should include some healthy food too (e.g. fruit, salad, and sandwiches). Sugar might keep your energy levels up, but you need to stay healthy throughout the trip too. Most importantly, you need to think about how many people are going to be in the car. Is there enough food for everyone? Make sure you’ve thought of these things before you hit the road. Additionally, you need to pack more than enough food so that you’re prepared in the event of an emergency. If you break down on the side of the road and have to walk for help or wait for another car to pass by then you’ll need food for sustenance.
You also need to make sure that you store your food and drink properly. If you’re going to be on the road for hours in the middle of summer and you leave your food and drink lying around in the trunk of the car then you’re going to end up with very warm beer cans and melted chocolate. Alternatively, you don’t want your food and drink freezing over if you’re traveling during the colder months of the year. You should look into getting a soft sided thermal cooler that can keep your food and drink hot or cold (depending on your preference) on long journeys. This is just one more idea that’ll help you to avoid disappointment on your road trip.
Keep an air of mystery about the places you’re visiting.
Whilst you’ve planned everything else extensively, you can allow yourself an element of mystery by doing very little research on the places you plan to visit. That’s where the adventure lies. You might have made sure that you’ll allow 3 hours in your schedule to stop at a certain town, but spontaneity can guide you the rest of the way. That’s how you keep the road trip refreshing. Not everything has to be planned. You’ll definitely get more out of your road trip if you’ve no idea what sights and experiences lie in wait at each destination. That’s a true adventure, after all. Exploring is only fun if you’re unaware of what lies in store.
Leave some room in the trunk for souvenirs.
As we’ve discussed throughout this article, the beauty of a road trip is that you’re heading out into the unknown. Who knows what you’re going to find along the way? That’s why you need to allow yourself the opportunity to find out. Don’t pack your car to the brim – leave some room for things you might collect along the way. Maybe you’ll visit a town that sells its own specialty beer or food and you want to take a whole batch of it home with you. You never know what lies in store.