Top Tips for Taking a Road Trip

Taking a road trip is one of my favourite ways to travel because you get to travel in a car, which means that you can carry all of your things with you. No having to change trains, you wont be stuck running through an airport, sweating while dragging a suitcase behind you, nor will you have to worry about missing a bus and getting stuck waiting around for the next one. It’s also a much easier way to travel, especially if you’re traveling with young children or a lot of luggage. I also love traveling by car because you can travel at your own pace, stopping to take photos whenever you want, and you can also have bathroom breaks whenever you need which is important if you’re traveling with young children. No matter where you’re headed, there’s a few tips that are essential for any road trip, and here they are:

1. A Good, Reliable Car

This is probably one of the most important things to consider when doing a road trip, you’re going to need a really good car. If you’re going to rent a car, then make sure you choose a car rental company that has good ratings, even better if it’s one you have used before and can trust. If you’re using your own car, make sure you have recently had the oil changed, that your tyre pressure is correct for the type of tyres you have and that your insurance is up to date just in case.

2. Healthy Snacks

Often when we’re on the road, we tend to pack cheap crunchy snacks that leave us feeling a bit sickly and snappy. Try to plan ahead and take healthy snacks, like fresh fruit (apples, bananas and grapes are all great options for in the car), dried fruit, nut bars, popcorn, nuts or even beef jerky which has a decent amount of protein. Consider opting for water or coconut water instead of sugary drinks so that you feel rehydrated instead of high on sugar.

3. A First Aid Kit

You never know when injury will strike and hopefully it wont happen on your vacation, but just in case it does, it’s a good idea to have a few basic first aid supplies on hand in the car. Some staples that you ought to consider would be some bandages in a range of sizes, some gauze, some iodine, painkillers, a splint, antiseptic wipes,

4. A Good Playlist

This is probably the most important thing for a good road trip, almost more important than the car – just kidding. A good playlist sets the mood of the road trip and ensures that everyone’s in a good mood, of good spirits and having a great time. Try to throw in a few songs that everyone will know the words to for a bit of a singalong. My suggestion: get Spotify Premium and download your favourite playlists, that way you wont be using up all your data while you’re on the road and if you hit areas without reception, you wont have to deal with any sad pauses in the music.

Road trips are so much fun and with these tips I’m sure you’ll have one of the best road trips of your life! Let me know if you have any suggestions for making a road trip fun in the comments below, I’d love to read them.