With limited traveling opportunities nowadays, look to the more traditional road trip option if you’re feeling some cabin fever.
Mapping out the journey
Start out with a basic blueprint when planning road trips- having a specific destination or route in mind helps. Decide on the terrain and landscape you want to drive through, whether it be mountainous, backroads, highways, the beach, or urban driving. Plan your start and end points and any detours or intermediary destinations along the way, and have a good timeframe available. Also plan a basic budget so you can anticipate costs such as gas and accommodations.
Stay stocked up
Ensuring you have all the essentials is also necessary. Being supplied with a good amount of food is a necessity, as well as having all the proper car gear. Pack a good emergency kit both for yourself and the car. Have a first aid kit, car manual, tire pressure gauges, extra money, jumper cables, paper maps, phone charging cord, and flashlight among others on hand. You can never be too prepared when planning road trips!
Stay connected on the road
Download the necessary apps needed for when on the road. Navigation apps such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze are very much needed, as well as other apps such as TripAdvisor and Yelp. Check out websites such as Roadtrippers for help in planning specific routes.
Have fun with your trip as well- try to check out the backroads and less travelled roads and immerse yourself in your new destinations. Check out travel books for good places to stop by and any specific information pertaining to your destinations that may be needed such as road etiquette and rules.
Lastly, make sure to use common sense and stay safe- trust your instincts and be wary of your surroundings. Make sure to have good company if travelling with others and always prepare a good playlist!
Questions about planning road trips to discuss on Ohlelo:
- What are some road trips you have always wanted to go on?
- How long do you think planning a road trip takes?
- Who would you take on a road trip? What are some other good things to pack?
- What’s the most epic road trip you’ve ever heard of?