Road trips are on everyone’s bucket list. And it’s earlier the better to strike them off those to-do lists, isn’t it? There is a totally different charm about getting in the car whether alone or with your friends, throwing in some luggage and playing the music as you drive away to your destination.
Road trips aren’t just for a getaway for a weekend, they are also an enriching experience which is going to stay with you for life. But these experiences can soon turn sour if not executed with proper caution. Hence, one should always keep a few tips in mind.
Planning your first or yet another road trip, but clueless about a few things? Here are a few essential tips for your road travel that you must take care of before you ignite the engine.
Copy of your important documents and emergency info
Make sure you have enough copies of your documents like driving license, address proof ID, passports, medical insurance papers, travel insurance papers, vehicle papers in place with you. It is all the better to have all the participants of the trip to have a set of all documents handy. And if you are traveling alone, make sure apart from the above documents, you have all the emergency numbers saved in your phone. It would be great if your phone holds a copy of these documents as well.
This may sound absurd to many, but if we can get our flight and train travel insured then why not road travels? When according to most surveys, road journeys are most prone to accident. Yet many people tend to ignore this fact and do away with travel insurance. As fancy it might sound, this is an absolute must for everyone before hitting the wheel.
Keeping Friends/Family in the Loop
Though your trip might mean getting away from everyone and grabbing some ‘ME’ time away from the hustle bustle of city life, don’t forget to keep your folks informed about your trip. It is best to update them at the end of the day with day’s updates or you can just drop them a text regarding major plans of the day ahead. And even if this seems too much of information to give out on a daily basis, you can simply inform them about your itinerary well in advance.
Keep Binging for the dinners
Though you might be tempted to splurge while on vacation, but hold your tongue, especially during the day time. Since it’s a road trip it is suggested that you eat light during lunch and can give in to your cravings as the day ends.
Let your car/bike be ready to hit the road
Before heading for the trip, you should be sure that your vehicle is ready to take on the long trip that you intend to take. It is good to get it fully serviced a few days before the trip is due and also to test it fully before hitting the road. These maintenance checks will help you prevent any unwanted issues. If planning a bike trip, remember to check and keep your motorcycle accessories in place.
One of the most useful tools for any trip is Google Maps. Ever in a confusion of which road to take, this is surely going to help. So keep Google maps in handy, or better would be to download the offline version of your intended route and region you are going to explore. This way you won’t be stranded without internet connectivity at any point in time.
Travel light with some hard cash
Road trips are even more suggested to be traveled with a handful of luggage as it gives you more flexibility. It saves you the trouble of carrying around heavy suitcases, just simple backpacks so that you can even camp out of your car.
Amidst this age of plastic money including your debit and credit cards, don’t forget to have some hard cash in handy. This is extremely important as your pit stops on the way may not be able to process your cards. Also, if God forbids you to find yourself in an unfortunate situation, having some cash with you always helps.
With all the basic tips loaded, you are all set for your trip on the road. With everything in place, remember to add your tool pouch to your travel kit as well. While keeping safety your priority, don’t forget to loosen up a bit, unwind yourself with the wind as the wheels of the car race with those of time.
Author Bio: Jessica Smith
She is a blogger who loves to write in different verticals. She co-authored Supercharge Organic
Traffic: A popular course focusing on Organic Traffic for E-commerce. Her hobbies are reading.