Road-tripping is an exciting and freeing adventure. It’s you and the open road and nothing in between. There are so many fantastic car routes across the USA, for example, the famous Route 66, that many people do it early.

How to Prepare for a Road Trip

Road tripping is more flexible than any other mode of transport as you can plan your itinerary according to your preferences. You can leave at any hour, stop wherever along the way, and even alter your destination.

However, it’s always good to take care of certain things before you go on your trip to ensure things go smoothly. So, let’s look at what things you need to prepare before you leave on your vacation.

Organize Your Trip

While spontaneity is fun, planning allows you to visit more places. For example, you can decide if you want to take the highway from point A to point B for a faster drive. You can also take the scenic route, which will take longer, but it’s more enjoyable for your soul.

You can plan routes by introducing locations into your GPS, which will give you an estimated time for your trip. Then, after you’ve decided how long you want to be on the road, you can look for accommodation. 

Never drive for long hours. Instead, plan your breaks accordingly to give you time to rest. Of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. As for accommodation, there are plenty of options, from booking hotels or couch surfing, depending on your style. 

You should also check the weather conditions for your trip. You don’t want to be driving half your trip through blizzards. If the weather checks out, the next thing would be to research the tourist sites you can visit at your stops.

Pack Essential Items

Road-tripping means spending more than a few days traveling, so it’s best to have all the necessities with you besides clothes. It’s always best to carry some loose change with you because you never know when you might need it. It’s widespread for a POS not to work, so you won’t be able to pay by card.

You should always have a first aid kit with you. Accidents can happen, so it’s salient to have the necessary equipment to deal with some bumps and scrapes. A first aid kit should contain plasters, bandages, and creams.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Before going on any road trips, you should always check that your car can survive an extensive trip. Long distances and extra weight add up, making cars break down. When things like this happen, it’s always good to have AARP roadside assistance. If you’re an AARP member, AARP roadside assistance added to your insurance policy will ensure you can reach help 24/7.

You should also consider doing some basic car maintenance checks before going. You should change the oil and check the tire pressure and washer fluid, among others. You can take the car to a service for a thorough check-up. If you plan to have multiple drivers, you should ensure your car insurance covers a secondary drive.

Road trips can turn into lifetime memories when planned correctly. Above all, don’t forget to compile a playlist with your favorite songs and have fun.

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Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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