Going on a road trip can be fun and exciting. Depending on where you are headed there is so much to do between point A and point B, but before heading out on that long anticipated road trip there is much to know.
1. Know where you are going
Obviously, it is important to know where you are going. When you’re driving through different states and cities things such as laws and even the weather can be different and it’s important to know what to expect. Also, look for anything interesting to do while driving through other parts of the country. For example, if you are driving through Arizona stop by the Grand Canyon, don’t be afraid to stop for a few minutes or even a few hours to enjoy the scenery.
2. Get car checked out
If you're not renting a car, then it is important to get yours checked out beforehand. That means making sure your tires are good, you have an oil change and the engine is good as a whole.
3. Go in groups
Pack the car with a group of people. Going in a group is a lot better than going by yourself or in a pair. In a group, you benefit in areas such as tiredness, money, food, etc.
4. Pack Lightly
Try to pack lightly and only what you absolutely need. Yeah, having brought that stuffed animal that comforts you when you’re trying to sleep might be important to you, but it’s not essential for a long car ride. Cars already feel cramped enough and having extra stuff will just add to the already cramped space.
5. Make sure to have gas money
Gas is a big one. Save, save, save money for gas. While on the road you are bound to need gas every so often and it is important to have gas money. Going in big groups is wise because then the amount of money spent is minimal depending on the size of the group.
6. Take music along
Have some sort of music. Whether that be music you have already downloaded, a CD or even a cassette. Whatever you’re into. The radio isn’t reliable in some parts of the country and you don’t want to end up in awkward silence if there isn’t much for you to talk about.
7. Bring along snacks and water
Food is essential, but not everyone has money, or maybe time doesn’t allow you to make a stop every little while, so try to bring snacks and water along to get you by until you do make a stop.
8. Sleep when you can
If you are going on a road trip that is going to take longer than a day’s travel, then you are going to have to sleep eventually. Try to stop at a hotel for the night and get some rest. If you can’t afford a hotel then take turns and switch of drivers every so often so that you can get some rest.
9. Take Pictures
Take it all in. Even if you aren’t a professional photographer, get out of the car and snap a quick shot. You don’t have to have a high-end camera either, most cell phones have a camera, which is convenient.
10. Take movies to watch
This does not apply to the driver. I repeat this does not apply to the. Keep your eyes on the road. For those who are in the passenger seats, then bring some DVDs and some sort of a device to watch them on. Movies are a good way to pass the time, making it go faster.