Almost everyone has memories of road trips. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just okay. Fortunately, you can easily make sure your next road trip is one of the good ones.
Whether you’re alone or with family and friends, a road trip can be breathtaking and exhilarating. All you have to do is follow a few key tips when making your preparations. The following five steps will all but ensure your next road trip is one to remember.
1. Plan your route
With the advent of the GPS, there’s less of a need to memorize a list of directions. That said, it’s still a good idea to check out your route ahead of time to scout for convenient pit stops, potential scenic roads, or even a nice place to spend an hour that you’d never consider otherwise.
Sure, your GPS might reroute you due to traffic or road construction. But arming yourself with at least the general knowledge of your route never hurts.
2. Check your tires and gas up the night before
When you’re double and triple checking your luggage to make sure you have everything, it’s easy to forget about the basic needs of your car. Even if you aren’t due for an oil change, you want to at least top off your car’s gas and check the air in your tires. Tires generally lose air with the rising and falling temperature of the seasons, so you might be lower on air than you think.
It’s also tempting to gas up on the road when you get low, but it’s impossible to predict where exactly you’ll be when your gas light comes on. To ensure you aren’t stuck somewhere without a convenient gas station, gas up before the trip.
3. Make a mixtape
It’s easy to take music for granted, especially when apps like Spotify give you so much music at your fingertips. But if there’s a song you’ve been really into lately and you enter a stretch of road with no cell service, you’ll be wishing you prepared your music beforehand. Besides, making a mix CD or playlist means you’ll spend less time fiddling with your music on the road, which is to say you’ll be safer keeping your eyes on the road.
While not technically music, podcasts are also an excellent use of time when on the road for hours. Prep a few episodes of your favorite podcast to make the time fly by.
4. Pack good road snacks
When we think of road snacks, we think of fast food and whatever you see at your first rest stop. While these treats can certainly be fun, they’re not exactly the best for anyone who’s conscious of their health.
Fortunately, there are tons of road friendly snacks that won’t bust your gut in the process. You can easily get popcorn, nuts, cheese, and even fresh fruit and vegetables in travel friendly containers. A stock of water or sparkling water can also keep you hydrated without pumping up your sugar intake. It’s ultimately up to you to decide what you eat, but the viable options are more plentiful than you might think.
5: Enjoy the car you drive
No matter how you plan your road trip, your enjoyment comes down to how much you like the car you’re driving. A car with modern amenities, a smooth drive, and comfortable seats can make any road trip better for both yourself and your passengers. In other words, if you dread the thought of road trips, perhaps it’s because you just aren’t driving a car you like.
It’s tempting to think that all you need out of a car is the ability to get from point A to point B. Road trips demonstrate why you should want more out of your vehicle. We spend hours of our lives behind the driver’s wheel, and being miserable in that time has far reaching ramifications for our lives. Drive a car that makes you look forward to taking road trips in it.