Planning a road trip at any time can be such a fun and exciting experience. But it’s fair to say that if you ready yourself and your car for a road trip it will make it even more spectacular. I’ve been on some really great trips that went off without a hitch, and I’ve experienced the opposite. The main thing is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. There are some specific things that I’ve learned the hard way to take care of before you leave the driveway.
Here are my top ways to ready yourself and your car for a road trip.
Make a Plan
Before you do anything, write out or put in your phone notes, your schedule, destination details, reservations, and emergency tasks. Even if it’s more of a spontaneous, go-where-the-wind-takes-me kind of trip you’ll want to have a little organization to make sure that things don’t get too far off track. It’s also a good idea to let someone else know what your plan is and keep them updated as you travel.
Do make sure that anyone traveling with you understands the plan and any important details. This is especially true if you’re taking along children or the elderly. They will likely need special attention, pit stops, and gear.
Get Vehicle Maintenance Done
Before you leave, make sure that the car has been serviced and checked for any problems. The thing with traveling long distances is that hidden issues can show up while you’re on the road. This is because your car isn’t used to the extra strain of long miles if you don’t travel frequently. Have your mechanic check all fluids, tires, oil, AC/heat, filters, and general system functions. That way, you know your car is operating optimally.
Keep Things Cool
If you’re planning a summer road trip during the hottest months, make sure you have the means to stay cool. Your air conditioning can be a total lifesaver. However, if you don’t like using the AC, make sure the windows are operating correctly. Another great feature that can help cool you down and give an amazing view is a sun roof. Sunroof install services aren’t as pricey as you might expect either, so it’s certainly a good option to explore.
Be Well Rested
One way to ready yourself and your car for a road trip is to rest…you and your car. Yes, take a break from driving and anything strenuous for a day or two before your trip. This will help you to get into a good mental space for driving and being away from home. Get some extra shut-eye the night before, so you can start your trip with a fresh body and mind.
Pack from a List
I learned to never pack for any trip without a list. First, write your list and collect everything you’ve written on it. Second, as you pack, check off each item. It also helps to have a second set of eyes on the list to make sure you don’t forget anything. Once you have everything, figure out the best way to pack the car for optimal convenience and safety.
Do the best you can to ready yourself and your car for a road trip. This will take some effort and planning, but any effort will pay off by allowing you to have more fun! Get out there and enjoy the most amazing road trip and make memories that you can treasure forever!