How to prepare for a road trip

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Is this your first trip on the road? Well, we cannot blame you from all that excitement brimming inside. After all, nothing compares the exhilarating experience of driving out on the wide open roads, without a care in the world and explore unknown regions. This is the kind of freedom and experience every driver looks forward to. However, unforeseen incidents and unpleasant happenings can take place anywhere and even with the seasoned road warrior. Well, all you can do is set off only after thoroughly preparing for the trip ahead.

Here are a few essential tips to keep in mind before you hit the road.

 

Make a list of everything you need

Lots of organization and planning goes on a trip. While there are fun and excitement in the last minute excursions, one is always surer and more confident if they have a plan with them. You should know where you are going, for how many days and what you need to carry with you. Book your hotels ahead, especially if you are traveling to remote destinations where there are not many accommodation options available. It is also essential that you stay connected with a couple of close family friends via phone or emails. Send your detailed itinerary to a friend, just in case. Don’t forget about snacks!

 

Get the vehicle inspected

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This is very important after all, you would not like to get stuck somewhere with a flat tire or even worse, an engine problem. So, take your car to a trusted mechanic to see if it is roadworthy. Ask him to look for any obvious problems and make him do those repairs. Driving a vehicle which has been scrutinized adds to your confidence. By law, you should have your car MOTed every year and also, insured.

Make sure you do have the AA’s number handy as well, if something goes wrong and you need towing. The engine belt from my car snapped weeks after the mechanic replaced it, as he obviously didn’t do a great job. Luckily I was in town and I had time to get home before the engine overheated. If this would have happened on a highway, I definitely would have needed the help of the The AA. For only £5 a month you can get a breakdown cover which includes breakdown assistance, repairs at the roadside, towing to the nearest garage and, for a little bit extra, even overnight accommodation and transport to your destination, if you are far away from home.

 

Carry an Emergency Kit

It is a must to carry a basic first aid kit and a tool set in your car. In England in fact is the law to have a first aid kit in your car at all times. Your trip may be for a couple of days or even longer, and an emergency can strike anywhere. However, if you have a tools kit with you, you can easily fix-a-flat and a tire gauge and continue without any break in your journey. It is a good idea to have a life hammer in case you need to break glass from inside the car. You must have a basic set of tools and jumper cables when you go on a road trip.

 

Have enough fuel

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While there is always a gas station close by, you might get stuck in the middle of nowhere. So, always carry an emergency stock with you in case you run out of gas. You may never be sure as to how far ahead is the next gas station. Download the map of the region you are traveling to from Google Maps before you go, to make sure that even if you don’t have signal you will know how far the nearest fuel station is.

 

Do you have enough food and cash?

Carry enough cash and stock with you on your road trip. It is a good idea to buy fresh food supply where ever you stop. Travel with a credit card and do have some cash on you as there would be some places that won’t accept cars. In case you run out of money and are in any kind of cash emergency, then you can always rely on CashLady. It is a perfect solution to get immediate money whenever you are in trouble.

Just follow the above tips and set out on your road trip with a calm mind and full of excitement!

 

 

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33 Comments

  1. I so agree with this! We always make sure we have enough gas and there’s always an emergency kit. We won’t be going on a road trip for a while though. Maybe next summer!

  2. Great tips here! I’m just learning to drive because I want to be able to go on road trips. I think I would definitely want to make sure my car was fit for the journey before I went anywhere.

  3. Getting your car checked before going on a long ride is a must! I always make sure that a professional checks my car before I go. I don’t want to get stranded in a place with no one to help me. Scary…

  4. I always find that ensuring we have enough snacks is the most important thing for a road trip in my family. That or knowing where the best places to stop for cake are.

    Katie xoxo

  5. My road trip list includes sea bands and packs of dramamine LOL!! 2 of my 3 kids get crazy car sick, it takes away from the fun of vacation a bit, but once at our destination it’s all worth it!

  6. I love the carry an emergency kit idea. You really never know what is going to happen and its always a good idea to make sure to be as prepared as possible.

  7. I love raod trip and did few road trip around the world, such as Japan, Malaysia, USA and UK. I really enjoyed road trip, renting a car and drive any place I wish to. It is not restricted to timetable and can just stop at any places I want to or do any impromtu visit. I like your last point, having enough food is also one of the key. There is one time we were doing a road trip in California and there is a roadblock from Big Sur to Santa Barbara, the coastline road was closed and we have to use another route, the smaller mountain road, no restaurant or shops along the mountain road but luckily we have some supplies of bread and snacks & drinks for our lunch.

  8. Road trip is an experience in itself , a journey that equally excites as the destination. But lot may happen unpredictably too which we need to prepare for beforehand.

  9. I think planning a royal trip does take some organising, I would map out places where there we options for stopping as a parent it’s always handy to know. Snacks and good car songs are a must too.

  10. These are really awesome tips. One of the things that I have to keep reminding myself about is to bring enough cash. I’ve been SO used to payless payment methods and when the place did not accept cards or the system was down, I was screwed! Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  11. These are really awesome tips. One of the things that I have to keep reminding myself about is to bring enough cash. I’ve been SO used to payless payment methods and when the place did not accept cards or the system was down, I was screwed!

  12. I’m always a list maker. This does help me in my thinking as it allows me to plan in a way I’m comfortable with. And definitely thinking about food and cash are important things. You never know what you are going to run into and up against.

  13. It is amazing the most basic things people forget when it comes to a road trip – it is SO important to make sure you are always prepared. We always make sure we have food, drink, enough fuel and anything else that we could potentially need as with two kids, I need to be prepared for any eventuality

  14. Some great tips here, I’m always in charge of snacks and drinks as I’m not a driver but we always make sure to check the car before a trip. Nothing worse than breaking down mid trip

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