Going on a road trip is undoubtedly one of the most exciting things you can do with your friends and family.
It is usually less of a hassle than a holiday and is more thrilling in a way. But to enjoy the road trip properly, you need to plan things out.
So here are six things to consider before your road trip.
1. Pack plenty of food and water
No matter how far you are going, or when you will return, it is always a good idea to carry easy-to-pack meals and snacks during such road trips. You should also carry plenty of water with you so that you can last the entire day.
Take food items that will not get spoiled as the day goes by. If necessary, cover them with aluminium foil before putting them into lunchboxes. You might have plans to stop by a roadside restaurant or cafe during your trip, but even so, you should pack something to eat just in case. Also, you should avoid carbonated drinks during the trip, and instead quench your thirst with water.
2. Keep a first-aid kit and a change of clothes with you
No matter how safe you try to be, anything can happen on the road. It is an unpredictable world out there, and you can never be too sure about anything. That is why you should keep a first aid kit for the road trip. The kit can contain bandages, antiseptic lotion, tweezers, etc. Everyone who is going on the trip should also carry their prescribed medication.
Apart from the first aid kit, you all should take a change of clothes along with you. Always try to carry comfortable clothing instead of fancy ones.
3. Check the local weather
Irrespective of where you are going, you should always plan the trip based on the weather forecast. Extreme weather conditions are never suitable for road trips, no matter how much of a thrill-seeker you are. Hence, you need to keep the local weather in check so that you can make your plans accordingly.
4. Charge all your electronic devices
One of the most frustrating things that can happen on a road trip is realizing that your cell phone or camera is running low on battery. The sudden thought of having to carry on with the rest of the trip without your precious gadgets can be quite daunting. This is why you need to make sure that all your electronics are fully charged before you set out on your trip.
If possible, you should also carry a power bank that you can use to charge your phone when the battery is low. In case your cell phone has very little battery remaining, and you do not have the option to charge it, you should try to preserve the remaining battery life as much as you can, and only use it for emergency calls.
5. Check-in on your travel arrangements
If you are travelling by public transport, make sure everyone has their tickets, and knows the time of departure. In case you are travelling by car, do a quick inspection on it the night before the trip. Check how much fuel you have and how much you might need for the trip. If possible, you should also make sure that your car’s engine is working properly. You also need to carry an extra tyre in the back, in case you have a puncture.
Apart from all this, at least one of the travelling members should have some experience in changing tyres and checking for engine problems.
6. Keep your friends and family informed
It is never a good idea to leave for a trip without informing your nearest and dearest. No matter how sudden or spontaneous the plan was, you should always find the time to tell your close friends and family members where you are going, and when by what time you are supposed to be back. You should also provide them with the contact number of someone who is going on the trip with you. In case they fail to contact you, they can always contact the other person.
By keeping them informed you are keeping yourselves safe. In case things take an unexpected turn during the road trip, and you need some sort of assistance, you can always contact them.