Sometimes in life, it is not the destination that matters but the journey itself. The same goes for road trips. Yes, eventually, the road trip will come to an end, and you’ll ultimately get where you’re going, but the times you shared and the memories you’ve made on the open road will last a lifetime. However, at the same time, being cooped up in a car for hours and hours on end could be a recipe for disaster. People get tired, tempers flare up, and friends will argue. The way your prepare for your road trip will make all the difference between memories you cherish forever and times you can’t wait to forget.
So whether you are hitting the road for a month-long vacation or packing the car to move across the country, check out these tips and tricks to have a road trip filled with good vibes and laughter.
Choose Your Car Wisely
There is nothing worse than being halfway through a road trip, in the middle of nowhere, when the engine starts to fail. It is essential to pick a reliable car with good gas mileage, and of course comfortable, and roomy seats. If it fits your budget, consider renting a car that has all of your needs. If you are moving across the country and you find your typical vehicle doesn’t have the space to hold all your junk, rent a pickup truck for extra packing space.
Make a Plan
Of course, part of the fun of a road trip is making spontaneous stops, but it is essential to somewhat stick to a plan. Discuss the details with your travel partners ahead of time so nobody feels left out and that you’re on the same page. Developing a plan helps you manage your budget, prioritize your time, and narrow down what you want to see.
Get Plenty of Sleep Before Hand
Road trips can be life-changing, but they are also exhausting. Sleeping in the car while others are awake is possible but can be challenging at times. Make sure you rest up before you hit the open road and get at least 7 hours of sleep the night before. According to the National Library of Medicine, lack of sleep can lead to anger and aggression, which could cause fights and ultimately ruin your road trip. So whatever you do, make sure you’re well-rested.
Make a Bunch of Playlists
No matter how much you love your favorite songs, they can get old real quick, especially on a road trip. Have everyone you traveling with make a few playlists each. This way, you have a ton of variety, and everyone will have a chance to listen to something they like. It is also important to note that you won’t have access to cell service everywhere you go. Make sure you download a few playlists for offline play, so you never run out of entertainment.
Audiobooks and Podcasts are Key
No matter how many playlists you make, music can also get old. Switching it up with some funny podcasts or engaging audiobooks is a great way to keep everyone entertained. Who knows, you might learn a thing or two as well.
Snacks on Snacks on Snacks
No road trip is complete without an abundance of snacks. While it’s necessary to keep it healthy, it’s also your vacation, so it is okay to indulge a little bit with some junk food. Chips, cookies, and beef jerky are some of the best road trip snacktime traditions. It is also crucial to stay hydrated. It won’t hurt to pack an extra case of water for those long stretches without a rest stop.
Gas Up Every Stop
Even if your tank is halfway full, it is essential to fill up on gas as much as you can. You never know when the stop could be. Many highways throughout the US can go hundreds of miles without a gas station.
Last but not least, road trips are meant to be fun and exciting. They allow you to see the world in a new light. If you plan accordingly and remember it’s not intended to be stressful, you’ll have a wonderful and fulfilling experience.
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