If you’ve decided that 2017 is going to be the year you quit your day job and hit the open road for an epic life adventure, great! But before you jump in the car, you’ll need to do a little bit of planning and preparation first. Here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect road trip.
1. Set expectations
It’s important to set expectations for your trip, especially if you’re going to be travelling with others. Are you going to stop along the way or drive straight from A to B? How will you divvy up driving hours? Who is going to pay for petrol? These are the kind of questions you need to answer before you start your trip so nobody will be frustrated and compromises can be made on the way.
2. Get your car checked
Even if your car seems reliable, it’s worth getting it checked by a trusted mechanic before you set off. It’s better to deal with any problems your car might have beforehand rather than on the side of a road during your trip.
3. Bring hard copies
Technology isn’t always reliable, especially in remote areas. Bring hard copies of maps, directions, brochures, hotel confirmation emails, etc., with you for back-up/in case of an emergency.
4. Create a playlist
Don’t underestimate the power of a good playlist! Create a few playlists to listen to during your trip.
5. Have rest spots in mind
There’s nothing wrong with being spontaneous on your road trip. In fact, driving gives you the flexibility to be just that. Nevertheless, it’s also nice to have a few hotels and restaurants in mind so that you know you’ll always have somewhere to sleep and eat.
Do you have any tips for planning the perfect road trip?