Road trips can be an amazing experience, you can go on a road trip anytime and with anyone. Many choose to go with friends or family, some even go alone and discover new parts of their country. Learning about various cultures, foods and people but before you just hop into your car and head west, north, east or south. You need to have a plan and make some preparations.
Your first step before doing anything is planning. You need to have a mapped out plan with written instructions. Where will you go? How are you going to get there? Where will you stop? What do you want to see? All of this should be planned before heading out. You don’t want to get lost in the middle of nowhere, that’ll be extremely dangerous and annoying.
A crucial part of your plan should be where you will be staying. You need sleep and sleeping in the car, truck, van isn’t really the best option, especially when you have multiple people. Figure out where the best hotels will be. How much can you spend? Or maybe you want to spend a lot of time out in the woods, sleeping under the stars. The choice is completely up to you and your choices will determine your experience.
Once you’ve decided where you will go, how long you’ll be there, and when you will come back its time to count inventory. What do you need for this road trip? What type of gears and supplies and how much do you have? Always budget yourself. A budget will help you from overspending on needless things. It’ll also give you some extra pocket money to buy souvenirs, remember to keep emergency funds as well. This works best if you have a credit card or debit card with a few hundred dollars.
So now you have all your gear, a plan, and you’re ready to go, right? Wrong! You need to tune that car up. That car is going to be putting some miles on it. Make sure you get everything checked out. The tires, windows, and electronics. Take the car in for an inspection and make sure it passes! You don’t want to be stranded on the road waiting for car assistance for 10+ hours, that’ll ruin the trip for you and the others.
Once you have your car checked out and your plan and gear. Set on out! Get some music in the car and head to wherever it is that you’re going. And always remember to be safe. Road trips are fun and they can give you everlasting memories, but some parts are dangerous and needs courage from your part!