Summer is the time for road trips and vacations and can be very fun and exciting for the whole family. Planning a road trip can be a lot of work especially if your destination is a long drive. When you are planning a road trip you need to prepare not only your car, but yourself also. There are a lot of ways you can prepare for a road trip and most of them are simple if you do them in advance. If you are going to be going on a road trip, here are ten easy things you can do to prepare for your road trip.
Getting a good night of sleep before your road trip and eating a good breakfast the morning of your road trip is an easy way to prepare for the trip. You want to make sure that the night before your road trip you go to bed early and cut all distractions off completely so you will be well-rested. Getting a night of good sleep is especially important if you are the one driving during the road trip or if you will be an alternate driver for the trip. Getting a good breakfast the morning of your road trip will also help prepare yourself for the big journey ahead. Eating a good breakfast the morning of your road trip will make you feel more alert which can prevent an accident while driving.
You also want to make sure you have your cell phone with you at all times and make sure it is charged completely. If you have a cell phone charger for your vehicle, you want to make sure you take that with you. If you just have a regular charger then you need to make sure you charge your cell phone the night before you go on your road trip. It is important that you have your cell phone on and that it is fully charged just in case an accident happens or you get lost. Carrying a cell phone with you while you are on your road trip will also make it easier if you need to call for assistance such as the fire department or police. If you do not have a cell phone with minutes available you can still always call 911 in case of an emergency. Leave the cell phone and charger somewhere you will remember to look the morning of your road trip so that you do not forget the phone or the charger.
Always leave contact information with a friend or relative in case someone needs to get a hold of you while on your road trip. You should leave important information such as a cell phone number, your final destination location, phone number to final destination and any other important information someone could use to get a hold of you while you are gone. This is also important because if something happens to you, then people will know where to start looking for a possible indication of what happened to you. You might be in a serious car accident on the way to your destination and the information you left for your family might be all they have to try to locate your whereabouts. It is important that the information you give your friend or family member is accurate so that you can be reached during your road trip.
When going on a road trip you also want to make sure you bring some emergency supplies with you. This can be anything from your standard emergency kit to some extra medication if you have any. Pack a small bag with bandages, sunscreen, Tylenol and any other emergency items you think you might need. If you are on medication you also might want to pack some extra medication just in case you get lost or stuck in a certain location while on your road trip. You should also carry some crackers, bottled water, flashlight and a blanket just in case you get stranded or just in case you get into an auto accident. Packing an emergency kit is very important because you never know when or if an accident might happen so you want to be prepared. If you have a child who is going with you on this road trip, pack some emergency supplies for them as well. Make sure your emergency kit can be used by anyone who is going on the road trip with you so that everyone is protected in the event of an emergency.
When you are preparing for a road trip you also want to get a map of your destination. Get a map and highlight the routes you are going to take during your road trip. It is important to plan how you are going to get to your destination during your road trip and plan accordingly. Make sure you use a highlighter or some other marker to map out the way you are going to be traveling during your road trip and know the important locations around the area. Using a pen or highlighter to mark out on the map the directions you will be going will make reading the map easier and finding your location quicker.
You should also allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, so start your road trip early. Make sure you account for traffic and road conditions when you are planning what time to leave. If the road conditions are bad in your area or other areas you are traveling through, leave extra time to get where you are going. Make sure you know the weather conditions you will be traveling through and do not rush to get there. A lot of people prefer to leave earlier for a road trip due to the better traffic conditions which can prevent an accident. It is also important to leave early for your road trip if you do not know exactly where you are going.
It is also important to make sure you have fully inspected your car before a road trip. One aspect of planning for your road trip is making sure your car is in good condition and everything is working properly. Make sure you test your tire pressure and check all your lights to make sure they are working properly. You also want to make sure you have your oil changed and your fluids filled up before your road trip. Making sure your car is in good working order for your road trip will help prevent an accident and help prevent your car from breaking down.
Packing enough of the appropriate clothing is also important for a road trip. You might be going to a place where the weather is warm but be careful it usually gets colder at night. Make sure you pack enough socks, shirts, shoes and underwear for the length of your trip plus three extra days. You do not want to go on a week road trip with only enough clothing for three days. Always pack a light jacket and some gloves just in case you find yourself sleeping outside at night due to your car breaking down or other event. Make sure you pack extra clothing because it might be important if you get stranded or stuck out on your road trip longer than you had anticipated. Always plan ahead and think of possible events you might have come up and pack your clothing accordingly.
You also want to make sure you have a place for your pet if you have one, while you are gone on your road trip. If you have a cat or dog that is inside you might want to see if a neighbor or family member can look after them while you are gone. It is also possible that you might want to take your animal to a kennel while you are on a road trip but this can get expensive. Make sure your pet is taken care of by someone you trust and someone you know, especially if you are letting them into your home to take care of your pet. If you have an outside animal then you can just ask a neighbor if they will come over to feed and water your pet while you are on your road trip. Make sure there is enough food and water out for your pet or out in a location easily seen by the person taking care of them. Give contact information to the person who is going to be looking after your pet just in case an accident happens or they have a concern about your pet.
Finally, when planning a road trip you also want to make sure you bring extra money along with you. If you plan weeks in advance, you should plan to save a couple hundred extra dollars for your road trip. You should have a rough idea of how much money your road trip will cost but you also need to budget for an emergency. Always give yourself a couple hundred extra dollars for things like car repair or something that possibly might come up during your road trip. You might end up getting stuck somewhere for a couple more days so you want to make sure you have enough money for a place to stay and food if needed. Making sure you plan your budget ahead of time and plan to have some extra money is always a good idea for a road trip. You never really know what might happen during your road trip so you should always take some emergency money just in case. Having this extra money can really help you out if something happens with your car or with yourself, and can make your trip that much better. Planning on taking a couple hundred more dollars than you need will really help you sleep better at night because you know if something happens you have the means to take care of it.