How to Get the Most out of Any Road Trip
Going camping with your family can be so much fun but there’s always the problem of limited space. The kids want all their toys, dad wants all his fishing equipment and mom needs to pack all the cooking utensils, or else there’ll be a lot of unhappy people. How do you please everyone?
It’s not easy to please everyone but there are ways to circumvent the dilemma of limited space. Instead of negotiating who leaves what behind, why not consider furniture trailer hire to tow all the extra goods safely to your destination. Because it’s enclosed you can safely transport all your possessions in any weather without the risk of damaging it.
This is simply one way of getting the most out of your trip. Read on for more tips on having the best road trip ever!
Everyone knows any good road trip must have an enjoyable playlist. If you’re travelling with the family or a group of friends, be mindful that not everyone shares your music taste. Instead of subjecting everyone to your personal preferences, try and cater to everyone in the car. Here’s how:
- Before going on the trip, secretly find out what each person’s top three songs are and incorporate that into the playlist, giving them a pleasant surprise
- Make sure you download all the songs in advance in case you lose online connection while driving or are unable to stream music
- Don’t fiddle with your phone while driving; allow the playlist to do its work and sit back and enjoy the sounds
- After a while, the same songs can get a bit boring so add a few interesting podcasts to your list of listening pleasures
Food for the Soul
Food plays a pivotal role in any road trip. This is the one time you can indulge in your favourite junk food and feed every craving. Our must-have foods for any road trip are:
- Potato chips, the bigger the bag the better
- Some roasted nuts and gum which also serve well to keep the driver awake thanks to all the chewing
- Your favourite sandwich
- Candy, in all the flavours and colours, to reward your kids for not saying “are we there yet?”
- Chocolate, to release all those feel good endorphins
Plan all Your Stops Ahead of Time
There might be some interesting sights you would like to see along the way, so plan out all your stops ahead of time. This will give you something to look forward to until you reach your final destination and break the monotony of sitting in the car for longs stints.
Keep these safety tips in mind when stopping to sightseeing:
- Cash is king: Some local spots use only cash with no card facilities available so always keep some cash on hand.
- Truck stops are safer: Whenever possible rather use truck stops instead of remote rest areas that don’t have as much foot traffic. Truck stops are also flooded with lights and aren’t simply reserved for truckers anymore. It’s the safer option, so research where all the truck stops will be on the road you’ll be travelling.
- Weather changes: The weather can be very unpredictable so make sure you carry an extra jacket in case the weather changes while you’re sightseeing. Wearing comfortable shoes is also a good idea.
- Charging bank: You never know when an emergency can happen. Don’t rely solely on the car’s charger to charge your phone. Carry a charging bank with you whenever you stop. This will come in handy when you need to call for urgent assistance.
No Avoiding the Mess
Sticky hands and accidents are bound to happen when you’re on the road and travelling with kids especially. Instead of trying to avoid the mess, take care of it as soon as it happens. Pack a special bag you can keep with you on the road with these essential items:
- Wet wipes
- Paper towels
- Hand sanitiser
- Refuse bags to throw all the garbage in
The goal for any road trip should be to have as much fun as possible. Beat those boring yawns which can steal your joy. Safety however should be the main priority when you’re travelling. Never let your guard down and always stay alert when on the road.
If you want to travel with tents or heavy items make sure you hire a trailer so that you don’t overload your car.
Road tripping is one of the most loved and practiced activities across the world. Can you believe at this very moment someone in the world is about to hit the road to have a trip of a lifetime? You could be next!