Creating a list, gathering information, and/or searching for tips are always positively helpful. This is true no matter what event or activity you are about to venture. In other words preparation is the cue. On this wise, sharing these important reminders needs to be pass around to help avoid unnecessary disturbances on the way. Therefore take note before loading up your car, truck or RV for that most awaited summer road trip.
It is better to plan ahead!
It helps you feel a lot more comfortable if you are confidently prepared. Again making a list does the trick. Find time to sit with your partner and arrange your trip. You may include listing down the destinations, stop-over, hotels, and paraphernalia you need to bring. Moreover, the other essentials are listed below. On the other hand, you need to plan how you want to leave your humble abode as well. If you’re going away on a longer trip, you can ask someone to look after your home once in a while. Or just make sure you have secured your place well enough before leaving.
Check for weather updates.
Keep track of the weather forecast. It doesn’t matter if you depart your town with rain showers. What you need to know is the weather condition on your routes and on your destination. Most especially if the route requires you to pass a “tornado zone”. So keep this in mind to be more safe.
Update your GPS and print out directions from the Google map.
There might be new roads that your existing GPS might not know. Besides for some GPS, they tend to calculate directions using the main highways only. Thus never rely on your GPS alone. It is advisable for you to print out the directions from the Google map too. Just like what we have experienced. Our GPS was asking us to use a longer path. Well, we’re talking about a 2 hour difference! Good thing we have printed out the directions using the Google map. It served us really well because it saved us time, mileage and our endurance too!
Know the time of sunrise and sunset on your next destination.
It is also important for you to know these details. Additionally it helps you plan when to leave in the morning to make use of the daylight advantage for your road trip. It is also for you to anticipate the time you want to arrive on your next stop. Try to keep in mind that as much as possible, drive while the sun is out. Apparently it is safer to take the trip during the day.
Consider booking for early hotel accommodations.
This can save you time after the long tiring drive. Besides from looking for an available room, you’ll just step in and rest! Look for discounts, promos or any special accommodations to enjoy your trip more. Make sure to choose a hotel, motel or any lodging that offers freebies such as breakfast. Remind your partner to take advantage of the ice dispensers too! What a cool way to save extra bucks, right?
Car check time!
Never start the ignition for that road trip unless you have your car checked. In the same way you can’t go that far if your ride is not in a good working condition. Ask your husband or better yet a mechanic for all the needed car checks. It may include the tires, engine oil, battery, and/or your car air-conditioning. You may take into account having your car tint this summer if you haven’t had any yet.
Load up your vehicle with the necessary essentials.
Since your car, truck or RV will become your home for the coming days, you need to bundle up these following basics. Bring wet wipes, tissue paper or facial tissue, plastic bags for trash, cooler/ice chest, car-shades, comfy pillows, sun block, your sunglasses, plenty of water and your ever-trusty reliable snacks! If you have kids to tag along, you might want to read the article “Helpful Ideas on Keeping Your Kids Entertained on a Road Trip”.
Secure a copy of your car insurance in the car compartment.
This is actually a must even if you’re not going on a road trip. Nevertheless, just to remind you that a copy is well secured in your car. Save your insurance company’s number on your mobile phone as well. This is just to make sure! But of course keep safe and drive wisely all the time.
Fully charge your mobile phone, camera and any other electronics.
It is safer to travel with your mobile phone fully charged. You might need to make an emergency call. And for this instance, a dead battery is the last thing you want to have. It is also worthy to have your camera fully charged too. On this way, you can click some photos of lovely scenes along the way.
Be aware of your gas gauge.
This is something for the road trip travellers to always keep in mind. That is if your gas is half-filled already; make sure to refill your tank. Don’t let your gas gauge go down up to a quarter. This is most especially if you’re facing a long highway ahead. There might be no available gas services so you have to be always alert to check your gas gauge.
Look for “on-the-road-sightings” and known-local-food.
Since road trips happen only once in a while, why don’t you maximize your exploration! That’s for you not to miss out the remarkable sightings on the way. And if you have an adventurous pallet, go ahead and hunt for the known delicious local delicacies too. Taking that extra trip can add to your strips of blissful memories as well. Thus do some research on the internet before hitting the road!
One last important reminder is to leave your home spic and span. Not only will it make you feel good leaving the house clean but allows you to just rest instead when you arrive home. For sure you’ll feel burn out afterwards. And for this reason, seeing your home polished will certainly lighten up your tired mood. So if time allows you so, tidy up first before locking all your windows and doors. Hope these reminders will help you prepare a fantastic memorable summer road trip. Have a blast and be safe!