Is there a road trip in your future? Maybe this summer, you’re planning a fun road trip with your friends or family! Road trips are great because you don’t have to pay for airfare and you can spend tons of time with the people you love (maybe even too much time!).
It’s sure to be a great trip, especially if you follow these helpful road trip tips that tell you what you shouldn’t do on a road trip.
ROAD TRIP TIPS
Don’t Go Without a Plan
Sometimes, it’s exciting to just hop in the car and drive. You say you’ll end up wherever you end up. But this isn’t always the smartest idea. You’ll want to have at least a little bit of a plan before you hit the road. For instance, you might want to plan out where you’ll be stopping each night so you can book hotels or find friends to stay with. Getting on the road and driving without a plan means you might end up lost or in the middle of nowhere. This might be fun for some people, but for others a plan is the way to go.
Don’t Under (or Over) Estimate your Budget
Be realistic about your budget. You don’t want to spend tons of money on 5-star hotels if you can’t afford it. Likewise, you don’t want to limit yourself to cheap motels if you can afford decent lodging. Figure out your budget before your trip and allot enough money for gas, hotels, food, souvenirs and adventures.
Don’t Skip the Safety
Safety first! Following simple safety tips like keeping a first-aid kit in the car could make the difference between a great road trip and a terrible one. Being prepared will make sure your trip is safe and fun for everyone! If you’re traveling during the winter, it is smart to keep some extra blankets and a shovel in the trunk in case you break down or get stuck in the snow.
Another tip, especially for the passenger, is to keep your feet off the dashboard. In case of an accident, the air bag can cause serious injury. So keep a proper posture for the car to ensure your safety. Also, make sure the driver is always alert and awake! If they are feeling drowsy, it’s time to switch drivers.
Don’t Forget the Essentials
While packing for a road trip, you should pack light but make sure you include the essentials. Snacks for the car, any medicine you may need, a map, sunscreen, games and music for the trip are all things that may be overlooked while packing but are very important. Rest stops are a great place to pick up any forgotten items, but why spend the money? Make a list before you leave and check off each item as you pack to make sure you have everything.
Don’t Stay on the Highway
Sure, sometimes the highway seems like the best and fastest way to get where you’re going. But road trips are all about exploring and taking the road less traveled. Explore some back roads instead of always hitting the highway. You’ll probably have less traffic that way, plus you’ll skip things like rush hour, construction and tolls which can get really expensive.
Don’t Single Handedly Keep Chain Restaurants in Business
It’s super easy to hit the “golden arches” drive-thru for every meal as you’re on the road. But this is unhealthy and won’t give you the energy you need to keep driving! Try packing a few healthy snacks and lunches to eat in the car, or stop at sit-down restaurants and eat a healthy meal. Fast food every now and then won’t kill you, but you don’t want greasy burgers and fries for every single meal.
Don’t Drive an Old Car
You’ll want to bring a safe and reliable car for your road trip. Make sure the oil is changed, the car has been inspected recently and that you have a spare tire available. Driving a safe and newer car will take away the fear of breaking down or having any other car issues that would cause delays and cost money to fix.
Road tripping is so much fun when done right! Make sure you’re prepared and safe to have a great trip. Here’s to a fun-filled and enjoyable road trip adventure!
About the author:
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Follow Kacey on twitter, pinterest and instagram!