There seems to be a common misperception that road trips have to occur during the summer weather. And while this can make for an enjoyable journey, there is no rule or law which prevents you from going on a winter road trip! In fact, cold weather road trips can come with adventures of their own!
However, it’s important to remember that a road trip isn’t as simple as listening to a song for 30 seconds like a movie montage. Below are some great tips to help you plan a successful and enjoyable road trip.
What’s Your Destination and How Will You Get There?
Just getting in the car and driving makes for a great movie plot but for a stressful road trip when you find yourselves driving around from town to town trying to find somewhere to stop or to sleep for the night.
While you don’t have to have a solid plan, choose a destination and identify places along the route where you can stop for a range of services, such as gas, food, or even a place to sleep if your car starts to give you trouble.
Make Sure That Your Car Can Get You There
The worst thing that can happen is that you get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a car which won’t work and no cell reception. Give your car a general check-up and make sure that it’s up to the task. If you have any doubts at all that it will get you and your passengers there and back safely, visit the Groupon Coupons page for Hertz and get yourselves a reliable and comfortable vehicle for the journey.
Who Is Going to Be Driving First
Driver fatigue is a serious problem on the road and can affect anybody at any time. Once you know where you are going and that your car will make it there, plan who will be the first to drive and then who will swap at what time. The purpose of this is to allow each driver enough time to get a good night sleep before a morning drive or a power-nap before a drive during the day.
What Will You Need?
Similar to choosing where to go, just jumping in the car with your handbag or backpack isn’t a great idea. Instead, sit down as a group and make lists of what you will each want to bring, and then swap ideas with other passengers. There may even be times where you can cut down on what you pack by sharing charging and data cables between you. Of course, don’t forget to make a group playlist of music you will all enjoy!
Food and Drink
Of course, there aren’t always going to be convenient places where you can stop or even where you can buy food that you want to eat, so it’s best to keep some basic supplies with you.
Sandwiches are a great way to eat a decent meal while staying on the road but also be sure to pack snacks, soda, juice, and lots of water. Again, you may want to sit down as a group and decide on an item which each of you will provide to the group snack bin for the car.
Just because the sun isn’t shining above doesn’t mean that you and your friends can’t enjoy a road trip! When you are planning yours, keep this article in mind to plan a stress-free and enjoyable road trip!