Planes and trains might get you where you want to go, but there’s just something romantic and alluring behind the idea of a road trip. Summer is the season for spontaneous getaways, so there’s no better time to hit the road than right now. Whether you’re planning a quick weekend escape or a romantic road trip these ten tried-and-true tips will make your road trip that much better:
- Start early
It goes without saying that you will make the most headway when the least amount of cars are on the road. But besides being efficient, beginning your trip at the crack of dawn or after the sun sets can be exciting. There’s something thrilling about exploring the world when everyone else is still asleep. Just make sure you’re plenty alert and got enough sleep the night before.
- Fill her up
don’t wait until the day you’re hitting the road to fill up your tank. Plan ahead and hit the pump midweek instead. And while you’re at it, have a professional do a little maintenance check to make sure your ride is vacation-ready.
- Pack lots of snacks and drinks
packing snacks is the best way to maintain your body when there’s nothing but fast food for miles. Fill a cooler with some healthy snacks and drinks that will keep you full and happy and if your car snacks just aren’t cutting it, find a grocery store to restock rather than giving into the nearest drive-thru. Supermarkets offer plenty of quick and healthy alternatives.
- Make a Mix
since you’ll be stuck in the car for a long time, it’s important to keep yourself and your passengers entertained. Make a playlistof upbeat driving songs to help pass the time. And since it’s practically guaranteed that you’ll never see the people driving in the cars next to you again, now’s the time to sing at the top of your lungs with your windows rolled down. Try playing a few car games, getting time to fill up on all the gossip if you haven’t see your friends in a while.
- Plan for spontaneous stops.
Road trips are as much about the excursion as they are about the destination. Be sure to allow enough time for stopping at that cute little roadside diner or kitschy tourist attraction. Take the scenic route and embrace unexpected detours. Stop every couple of hours to soak it all in or take pictures of the view.
We’ve already shared the importance of walking the blockwhen you’re sitting at a desk all day, and the same philosophy goes for road trips too. Park as far as possible from rest stops to make sure you’re getting in those extra steps.
- Don’t forget your Sunnies and SPF.
If you are road tripping in the Summer, keep in mind that it is possible to get sunburnt through the car windows. Prevent an embarrassing sunburn on one side of your body by slathering on the SPF.
- Try a Traffic App.
Nothing’s more tedious spending 2 hours driving first 10 miles, to avoid getting stuck in a jam when you’re leaving or entering the city, download a traffic and navigation app. It will save you time and gas money.
- Invite your friends.
Unlike a plane flight where every passenger needs their own ticket, the cost of your road trip will be cut down dramatically by every passenger who joins you. So pack your car with four of your besties and enjoy the time spent together. You can all take turns driving, playing games and catch up everything new in your lives.
- Mind the rules.
This one goes without saying, but just because you’re on the open road doesn’t mean that traffic rules don’t apply. One speeding ticket can destroy your road trip budget and your mood. Drive safely!
Do you have any other tips for taking a road trip?