How To Plan A Road Trip
Figuring out how to plan a road trip is not as hard as it seems. It’s only hard when you start to over complicate it. The most important thing is to plan a trip that will be worth it and that you take a car that won't break down on you in the middle of nowhere. Here's a little how-to guide to give you a head start on planning your road trip.
- Location Figuring out where you’re going is the most important part of planning a road trip. You can Google something you’re interested in then take a look at a map. Or you can look at a map and then Google it. Or you can just get in your car and drive, although you should at least glance at a map and maybe see what’s going on in the areas so you won’t get stuck with out a hotel room. There are dozens of scenic routes in the United States you could drive, routes up the coasts, through the prairies, or there’s the Extraterrestrial Highway, a definite must see. Even if you don’t believe in UFOs.
- Vehicle After you’ve finally picked out the route you’re going to take, make sure you have a vehicle that can make the trip. You might have a car that gets great gas mileage but it may not be a model that can make the trip you want to take. Have your car checked out before you leave to make sure everything is in working order. Also pick up some gas cans to fill and stick in the back of your car just in case. A lot of the times there are long stretches of highway with no gas stations, so have fuel and coolant tucked away just in case. This is a simple step that is often over looked when planning a road trip.
- Playlist Another good thing to start on a few days before you leave is getting a play list together for the drive. Most people like to listen to books on tape, music, or just the radio. So no matter which you prefer make sure you have enough to make the trip. Silence is nice but consider how long you will be on the road and that you might change your mind. Drop by the library or hit your friends up for their iTunes while planning your road trip.
- Packing Keep in mind the size of the vehicle you are taking. Don’t pack every piece of clothing you have. It’s unlikely that you’ll need the four inch heels and mini skirt when you’re driving cross country. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as well and that they are easy to drive with since that’s what you’ll be doing most. Pack blankets and pillows just in case you end up sleeping in your car, which is definitely something to try while you’re on a road trip. Just don’t do it in a store parking lot or along the side of the road, the police aren’t too fond of that. They also don't like when you drive barefoot so keep that in mind when you are planning your road trip and spring for some comfortable shoes.
- Over all have Fun A road trip is pointless if you spend the whole time worrying about something or seeing things you aren't really interested in. Keep this in mind when planning your road trip. It is supposed to be relaxing and worry free, don't let things get in the way.