Even if my favorite means of transport remains the plane because it is the fastest, safest and you can see the world from above, the car remains a strong competition, and that’s because I adore road trips, and I really like to admire beautiful places through the window, even just passing by.
In the last 4 years, I have been on so many road trips that I can not even count, many of them very long and extremely tiring, but so beautiful. My Bucket List contains an RV road trip in New Zealand, which I already suspect of accomplishment as soon as possible. With a trailer, many of the situations below would no longer be a problem.
For example, the budget would be considerably reduced because you can sleep in it. Also, you will not have to look for a place to stay and you can even prepare your food inside the caravan.
I admit I prefer to be a passenger on the right or left, as the case may be, the one who enjoys the landscape and does not have to worry about changing speeds, following the traffic rules and the fatigue that comes after a few hours of driving. However, except this, I am the one who deals with the organization of the road trip.
I like to look for the most scenic routes, to set the smallest details and the best and most efficient itineraries so that we can visit everything we want in those days without agglomerating the program.
Obviously, with so much experience in the back, I’ve managed to make some healthy habits, which now help me make a road trip as less stressful as possible. Here you go my advice for a stress-free road trip:
Don’t forget to bring enough supplies
When you hit the road, especially if the route is rather long and not very crowded with places to stop and shop, it is quite difficult to keep a healthy diet for that period. For this reason, you should plan a little before you leave.
You should bring more vegetables and fruits that can be easily consumed like carrots, apples, bananas, apricots, plums, and all sorts of seeds. Likewise, you can bring with you canned food, small snacks to keep you hungry between meals and plenty of water! Hydration is vital, especially on long journeys.
Start planning early
Experience has shown me that as soon as you start plans earlier for any type of vacation, the less you will feel stressed later. Planning ahead of time does not just mean you can set your ideas more efficiently, but you can also get cheaper airplane tickets, lodging and entry to different tourist attractions. It does not make sense to not enjoy the very good consequences of early planning, so that’s should be a must.
Make a realistic list of the things you want to see and the activities you want to do
This chapter is very much dependent on your preferences and what you like to visit in general when traveling. For example, if you are fond of museums, do a little research and top the museums that you would not want to miss.
If you are like me and have an obsession for waterfalls, look for the most beautiful waterfalls in the area and the route to them, and make a calculation of the time allocated to each.
This way, you will know how long you need to explore them, and you will not be taken by surprise at the time. In addition, there are so many sites and platforms you can look on, so you have no excuse. For example, Pinterest is the search engine I call the first time.
Set a budget
If there is anything that can influence your journey completely, then is the budget. Depending on how much money you have, you need to think about what you can afford in that money.
Do not forget to consider the fuel, renting a car if you do not have a personal one, accommodations, food, shopping, and entrances to tourist attractions. What’s more, a road trip generally means the trip itself rather than the final destination, but even so, it’s good to be prepared to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Make sure you know the way
No, I do not mean to memorize it, but as an alternative, if the GPS fails you or simply something unpredictable happens. It can be broken, maybe you won’t have internet, you can cross some areas where it is very difficult to orient yourself, etc.
For this, I recommend that you have a physical map or you to download some map applications that do not require connectivity.
Make a playlist
It may sound like something extremely easy and you can leave it to the end, but if you go on a road trip with more people, it would be ideal that the tastes of each of you are satisfied.
So, it’s not enough to play the songs you already have on your phone but to make a list of everyone’s preferences. A road trip must be fun and to make it happen, everyone involved should feel good.
Make sure the car is completely functional
Before you start the acceleration, you should be sure the main instrument of your trip works perfectly. In this case, it is the car you will be moving with. So maybe you should check the oil, tire pressure, battery, headlights, wipers, brakes, etc.
To be sure, the best option would be a mechanic. You shouldn’t be stingy when it comes to your own safety! Ah, yes, and you need an urgent emergency kit with you in case of…emergency 😀
When planning a holiday, whatever its nature, we forget to think about the breaks that we should take from that vacation. I know, it sounds weird, but it’s as logical as possible. For example, if you want to climb a mountain, you have to rest before and after doing this exercise, to be in shape for the rest of the days left by your vacation.
When talking about road trips, we think first of all about the fatigue that comes from intensive driving. After 4 hours of driving, the driver is already getting tired and should be replaced after a maximum of 6 hours of continuous driving. If there is no other driver in the group then a break is a must. Depending on the capabilities of each, a driving day should be between 4 and 8 hours maximum!
Bring a spare key
If in case of acts or other personal items you can make compromises and things can be somewhat arranged in your favor, if you have lost your car keys, practically you and your group are lost on the road.
A spare key is mandatory in your wallet, especially since it does not even occupy much space and will serve as a guarantee if you lose or forget the original one in a hotel room or eventually in the toilet of a gas station.
Add some pillows and blankets to your luggage
Okay, not in the luggage, but in the car. Why? Because it can get unpredictable, and you may have to sleep in the car for a night or more.
If you have enough space, put in the luggage compartment beds and pillows, depending on the number of people on the road trip, so it will be easier to endure some possible low temperatures and the discomfort created by sleeping in the car.
Take into account the weather conditions
I guess no one wants to go on a road trip during a storm, blizzard or, at worst, a hurricane. Even a rain can affect your plans, especially if they are related to spending a long time in nature.
So be sure to check the weather before heading off, and if that’s not good, simply postpone the trip. Not like how I did on this sandstorm in Dubai.
Bonus: Have fun!
The word “fun” is the first thing that should not be missing from your travel luggage. Goodwill, jokes, joyful attitude, desire for adventure and exploration are the essential ingredients for a successful road trip.