3 Tips for Planning an Epic Road Trip Adventure For Older Adults

So much travel related content out there is focused on purely backpackers, but if you’re and older adult and looking for some road trip tips, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. When you’re older, there are some different considerations you’ll want to keep in mind when planning your road trip, especially if you’re taking prescription medications or find it difficult to drive at night. No matter what the purpose of your road trip is, whether it’s to visit friends or family, attend a conference, or just for a holiday, be sure to make time for your passions while away. Whether that involves doing a yoga class, going on a hike, or even going to a musical performance, enjoying your passions while away can be a great way to elevate your road trip.

1. Plan Your Route Carefully
Your route is really important because you don’t want to drive all the way somewhere and realise, once home, that you missed an epic waterfall or a special touristic site. Do a lot of research to find the best routes and any attractions along the way that might interest you. Chum’s have this helpful guide based around some road trip adventures suggestions for older adults that might inspire you for your upcoming road trip. As we age, unfortunately one of the first things to deteriorate is our vision and that can impact how long you can drive for and what hours you’ll be able to safely drive for. You might want to also consider how long you plan to drive before having rest stops, especially if your bladder isn’t quite what it used to be. This is especially important if you’re planning to travel through remote areas.

2. Pack Smart
I really enjoy packing for road trips and holidays, but I feel maybe I am in the minority here. You’re going to want to pack smart, minimising how much stuff you’ll need to take with you so you can be comfortable, but ensuring you have enough to enjoy tour trip. One of my biggest tips for any type of travel is packing cubes, they allow you to be more organised in your packing and to take more without taking up too much space. Likewise be sure to take enough medication for your trip, and sufficient snacks for the actual driving part of the trip. Be sure to focus on high protein high quality snacks such as nuts, fruits, cheese sticks and even beef jerky. Things like lollies and crisps might seem like a good idea, but the sugar hit will likely leave you hungry and unsatisfied.

3. Try Your Hobbies
If you have certain activities you love to do regularly, why not consider doing them while away? You can head to a yoga class, check out a museum, or even go to a concert while on your road trip. For some things you’ll need to do a little forward planning, such as for concerts or musical performances, to ensure that you can get your hands on some tickets. This can be a great way to live like a local, to get a little more of an immersive experience, and to really get a feel for the new places you’re visiting.

Road trips are such a fun and adventurous way to see a new place. I hope these three tips help you plan an adventurous road trip for your next road trip away.