With warm, summer months just around the corner, road trips is a fantastic way to explore and have fun with your loved ones! There are so many places to go and things to experience, so why not add a road trip to your bucket list this summer? Whether you’re planning a trip across the country or just to the next state over, it’s most important that you stay safe and comfortable throughout the journey. Here are five easy ways to prepare for the long expedition ahead!
How to Prepare for a Road trip
1. Prepare your car
What’s a road trip without your mode of transportation? You car plays a vital role in a road trip and the last thing you want to kill a happy time is being stuck on the side of road calling for roadside service. Take the time to get your car checked including tire pressure, battery, heating/cooling system, and fluids/oil. This will absolutely save you from running into problems down the road– literally. Don’t forget to fill up your gas tank before taking off!
2. Plan out your trip
If you’re road tripping, you’re most likely going to need a GPS or an exact route. Knowing how long the trip will take will give you a better idea on how to prepare and when to leave to get to your destination at a decent time. Be sure to make sure your lodging reservations are confirmed and plan out rest stops along the way for bathroom breaks and stretching!
3. Pack snacks and drinks
Buying snacks and drinks at a gas station in the middle of nowhere can be pricey. Save yourself a few dollars by packing your own cooler filled with your favorite foods and drinks to keep you hydrated. Be sure to keep your bag of snacks in reach to avoid pulling over.
4. Create a playlist
When driving through mountains, valleys, and desert terrains, you’ll most likely not have any signal for a radio. Create a playlist of your favorite music to listen to throughout the journey and have your passengers add theirs too! Be sure charge all your devices including cell phones, audiobooks, tablets and laptops before taking off.
5. Stay safe and prepared
A successful road trip means getting from point A to point B safely. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so keep an emergency kit handy in your car just in case. Be sure the drivers gets a good night’s rest the day before and have fun!