10 Of The Best Road-trip Tips!
1. Clean your car
There’s nothing better than driving in a freshly cleaned car. Especially when you’re going to be in it for a long duration. Having a clean car will enhance your road trip experience to the max. Plus it’ll make room for extra stuff you buy along the way.
2. Be prepared for the worst
I’m talking about complete worst, like car breaking down in the desert and dead phone, type of worst. Bring a sleeping bag, blanket, pillow, water, extra phone battery, and DEFINITELY make sure you have a spare tire, and a tire iron that fits. You don’t want to end up like this guy^
3. Consider a satellite radio subscription
Road trips are amazing, beautiful, entertaining, and sometimes, boring. But having some great tunes to jam to in the background can save you from the boredom part. Satellite radio is a definite advantage when going on road trips. You may find yourself in places with little to none radio reception, that’s when satellite comes in with crystal clear sounds!
4. Have a loose schedule
Road trips are meant to be relaxed, fun, spontaneous… nothings worse than running behind schedule, or being in a rush causing you to not be able to enjoy your trip. Have a loose schedule, plan extra time for everything. If you don’t use it, then great! But when you spend a few extra hours at point 1 you’ll be happy you planned for it when you reach point 2.
5. Anticipate trouble spots
You will hit traffic, construction, accidents, unexpected problems. So plan for them, anticipate your journey from one point to another will take a little longer. That way you won’t be in a rush, or stressed out when you run into those problems.
Do it. You can find some cheap services out there, and better to be safe than sorry. Especially if you have no prior knowledge of vehicles.
7. Bring an actual map
It’s more fun to track a road trip on a real map rather than a smartphone. Like the good ol’ days. Give it a try, you’d be surprised.
8. Carry cash
Toll roads are everywhere nowadays, and at very unexpected places too. Stock your center council with coin rolls and some extra cash for easy access. Also, when you drive past that small, fun/kinda creepy looking ice cream shack on the side of the street that only accepts cash, you’ll be glad you prepared.
9. Bring a spare key
Just do it. Trust me.
10. Ask locals where to eat
Locals will know more than any guidebook or trip planner, almost 100% of the time they’ll help you find an interesting, rare, cheaper, and more exciting place than you could find on your own.