If you’re planning a road trip in the near future, it doesn’t matter if you’re driving cross-country or only for the day. In order to arrange the perfect road trip, you should be willing to plan, but also willing to be spontaneous, to prepare, but also to remain pleasantly unprepared. Here are some tips we’ve compiled for going on a road trip to remember.
Pack a Lunch
Even if you plan out all the places you’ll eat along the way, it is a good idea to take some food should the unforeseen happen, such as a break down or a flat tire. Snacks, drinks, and an easy meal are a good idea. Bring items to make it a picnic, or plan to eat on the go, it doesn’t matter. But be prepared should you get a little peckish while on the go.
Do Your Research
It’s better to plan your route rather than just get in the car and drive. Planning your road trip ensures you can plan for rest stops as well as scenic vistas you might miss just tootling around the countryside willy-nilly. If you want to have a stunning adventure, you’ll need to plan it out, at least a day in advance to know how far you’ll need to go before stopping for the night and also how much fuel you’ll need as well. Be smart – don’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere. Make a plan.
Remember to Be Spontaneous
If, while you’re driving, a sign points to something amazing down a little dirt road, take the time to go explore. Little sidetracks are okay on your road trip, and in fact make it more full of adventure. Stop at the kitschy antique store, check out the dusty bookstore. These things are part of the fun and the charm of your time, just make sure they are the side dish and not the main course.
Take the Long Way Around
Whatever route is the most scenic and beautiful, take that route. Drive on the windy mountain road, the coastal road, the desert highway. Take the time to see parts of our country that not many people do. Enjoy all the sights, sounds, colors, and wildlife that might cross your path. Stop to watch the sunset and take the time to stargaze. Don’t be in a rush but take it all in and make the most of your memories.
Bring Something to Do
Not every road trip is fantastic 100% of the time. Be sure to bring a book, make a music playlist, load some podcasts, listen to an audio book, buy some word finds, do crossword puzzles, watch some movies, or play fun road games with family. During the long stretch of highway between sights, you shouldn’t be bored at all.
Wherever your destination, sometimes the journey to get there can be more fun. Make the most of it by planning ahead to have the perfect road trip of a lifetime.
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