Road trips are loved by everyone regardless of age and gender as it combines the joy of hanging out with the people you love with the adventure of venturing into unfamiliar lands. No matter who you may take it with, the journey will surely bring you a lot closer in the exciting confinement of your vehicle. So, what must you do to make sure this goes exactly the way you want without any disappointments or surprises? In this article we will look into four simple yet effective things you must do prior to heading out with the perfect company to make this trip a perfect trip.
Get your car ready for the road
The last thing you want is for your car to break down in the middle of nowhere and ruin it for everyone. Prevention is always better than cure for vehicles and keeping this very important fact in mind, drive down to your car care provider at least a few days before the road trip and get a full service done. Check everything from the nuts and bolts of the tires to the condition of the engine and replace any components if it must be done. Get the oils changed and lights checked and be sure to replace the old windshield wipers if you think they are too worn out.
Pack the right stuff
There is no such thing as overpacking when it comes to road trips and as a responsible traveler concerned about the safety and convenience of you and the rest who are travelling with you, pack every little thing you could possibly need. The essential items include a first aid kit, extra clothing, lots of water because you never know where you will be able to find drinking water again and automotive tools such as a car jack, spare tires, jumper cables and a disc brake cleaner to be used at an emergency.
Lots of tunes
Travelling is no fun if there isn’t any good music. At least a few days before the big day, download all the songs you and your fellow travelers love so that you can sing along to those during the journey. You may either save everything to your mobile phone or the iPod or burn everything to a CD.
Plan your stops
Hitting the road with no plan, especially when you’re planning on traveling for a very long time is never a wise thing to do. Not only will this frustrate those travelling at the back, desperately wanting to get outside and stretch their arms and legs a little, but it will also depress the driver and make them drowsy and tired, putting the lives of everyone in the vehicle at risk. Therefore, plan ahead and stick to a fixed schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner stops. You might have to change the plans a little for bathroom breaks and other such requirements, but sticking to a plan will reduce the confusion by a considerable proportion making the lives of everyone a lot simpler.