7 things to plan and organize when going on a road trip

Saturday, December 12, 2020

If you are looking for a vacation like no other, then a road trip might be exactly what you need. Unlike traditional holidays, your entire journey is part of the experience. As soon as you get in your vehicle, your vacation has begun.

You will see things you never otherwise would have seen, meet people you usually wouldn't come across, and visit places you more than likely would never have considered. It's a really fun and relaxing way to travel, particularly if you plan it well. Here are 7 things to plan and organize when going on a road trip.

Pack food, snacks, and refreshments

Unless you want to stop for breaks every few hours, it's a good idea to take food, snacks, and drinks with you on your road trip. You may be pressed for space so even taking enough for the first leg of your journey will help immensely. You can stock up again on the way as and when needed.

If you have children this is probably even more crucial and should keep moans and groans about rumbly tummies and being thirsty to a minimum. Vehicle interiors can get hot, so it's worth taking a cooler for drinks that you want to keep chilled and food that can melt or needs to stay below a certain temperature.

Do you need an alternative vehicle?

When planning a road trip, you need to be realistic about the vehicle you intend to drive. If what you have just now is unreliable or very small then you might need to hire a larger or newer model instead. The last thing you want to be doing on your vacation is calling out a tow truck or being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

If road tripping is going to become a regular thing or you intend to go away for some time, it might be a good idea to purchase a camper van or an RV. Many people buy them solely for this purpose and then store them under heavy-duty tarps when not in use. Not only does it reduce the need to find overnight accommodation but it will also make it far easier to get away regularly.

Plan your route

Planning your route will not only make it a lot easier for you once your vacation is underway but it's also a great way to discuss and agree on what you want to see and do along the way. If you are going with friends or family, arrange for them to come over for a chat and start noting down your intended route.

Although the internet will come in very handy, make sure you have paper copy maps to hand. It will make it far easier for everyone to see, and you can make notes as you go. Knowing your route in advance will also give you a good indication of how long you will be on the road and make it easier to plan overnight stays, restroom breaks, and refreshment stops.

Agree on a driving schedule

If your trip is fairly extensive, it's important to share the driving with the others in your party that are permitted to get behind the wheel. When you've been on the road for a long time, you can become tired and lethargic, which can lead to road traffic accidents.

If you share the journey, it allows everyone to get a break and will make your journey a far safer one. If you are the only driver, then you must make regular stops and, if you need to get some shut-eye along the way, do so.

Don't forget to pack power banks

From mobile phones to tablets, it's likely that you will have packed a few gadgets for your trip. Although you can charge these up if you are staying over in different places, it's a good idea to take a few power banks with you. If your phone runs out of charge when you are on the road, it could be a disaster if an emergency occurs or you get lost, so don't take any risks.

Phones can also help to keep kids occupied and are a great and very compact way to take photos of your trip, so if you have the facility to keep them all fully charged, it will help you out too. Charge up your power banks whenever you get the chance and reduce the risk of you ever running out of that all-important juice.

Sort out insurance

Before you go, you must make sure you are insured so that if anyone in your party needs medical attention or becomes poorly, you can get them seen. When taking out travel insurance, be sure to check that you are covered for a road trip. All policies have different terms and conditions so you have to be certain that there aren't any exclusions that could deem a claim invalid.

You should also speak with your vehicle insurance provider and let them know how long you are going for and where you intend to go. A road trip could invalidate your standard vehicle insurance, which could cause all manner of issues if you run into difficulties.

Book accommodation in advance

Whether you intend to stay in campsites, hotels, or self-catering accommodation along the way, booking a few overnight stays in advance is a good idea. You probably won't want to book them all as it could prove too restrictive, but having a few nights planned out is always a good idea. It provides a bit of structure to your trip and will help to keep you focussed and on track if visiting multiple locations.

If there are certain attractions or places you want to spend a fair bit of time in, those locations are probably your best option when it comes to pre-booking. It will give you time to explore and relax with the knowledge that you will have a comfortable place to rest your head.