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Road tours are one of the fun-filled adventures for touring a place. Sometimes, the trip may take many hours or, in some cases, several days. Finishing your road trip can be fascinating. However, when not fully prepared, you may end up exhausted, bored, and irritated – making the whole experience awful. There is a reason, therefore, to adequately prepare well before you hit the road for your trip.
These five tips will prepare you for your trip, and following them, you would expect the best results with little or no trouble. Keep this list safely, so that when you are ready for another trip, you can go through them to ensure that you have efficiently prepared.
Follow these five tips for an ultimate exciting road trip.
Prepare for the Long Haul
You are about to roam far and wide. Whether you will be alone or with friends requires optimal preparation on your side. You will be driving your vehicle for a long-distance trail, and your body needs optimal performance conditions – both internal and external.
The first step is to research the place you are touring. Learn about the weather, road accessibility, possibility of encountering wildlife, and any significant events that may hinder your progress. You also need to pack your gear, including first aid kit and emergency contacts. Your phone needs full-charge before you set off, and you would need a power bank for emergency charging.
You would not want to feel sleepy along the way. Numbness is also a story you would not want during a long trip. You could begin by training your body to stay behind the wheel for hours until you feel safe to take a long trip. It is also ideal to have a driver on board in case of an emergency. But it is wiser to have a co-driver for the entire journey.
Prepare Your Car/Motorcycle
As much as you are ready for the trip, you cannot proceed without making your vehicle set. Preparing your vehicle for a road trip may entail more than you think. Because the vehicle will be your sole means of transport and the principal access facility away from home, preparation cannot go below par.
Preparing the vehicle may need more time, and you would start it about a month before the trip. Some of the things to take care of include the brakes, lights, tires (including spare), belts, coolant, and the oil. Do not forget a mountable roof rack (car) for carrying your luggage during the trip.
Prepare Your Spending Budget
While on a trip, it is tempting to spend on anything you come across. To avoid misuse of money and financial problems on the way, you need a budget, and you should stick to it. Everything you need on the way should come into the budget before setting off. And that would include the snacks you will use on the way.
Sometimes, you can reduce your expenses by carrying some portable accessories to make the journey comfortable and cost-friendly. That would depend on your instincts, but a large container of drinking water can save a few bucks along the way. You can use your container to fetch water at your restaurant to last you some more hours on the road.
Preparing your snacks at home could also cost you less than buying some at the supermarket. But that would depend on the duration of the journey because some foodstuffs can only be safe for a few hours to one or two days. You might prepare more at the hostel you lodge, but that would depend on what they permit aboard.
While creating a budget can reduce your spending, it does not restrain the amount of cash you need to carry. Carrying more cash on you is mandatory to avoid any inconveniences along the way. Your credit card would suffice most spending needs on your trip. Cash is efficient when you need some services that require little cash that would otherwise turn expensive when paying by POS – or when the merchant does not accept credit cards.
Make Your Hotel Reservations Earlier
Long trips come with so many inconveniences. You want to take a long rest after a tiresome sightseeing day only to find out that hotels have filled up. To avoid such encounters, especially in isolated places or small towns, you would want to book your rooms in advance. In this way, the hotel will ensure that your room is ready when you arrive.
Another advantage of an earlier booking involves the price. Some of the best hotels offer discounts for reservations that you make for your team. Online booking websites also make discounted offers for their customers at the best hotels. You can find the best deals on Booking.com etc instead of visiting the hotel at the time you need a room for the night.
Having a plan for your trip is wonderful, and sticking to it is awesome. But changes are inevitable. Sometimes, nature takes its course, and it can drift your trip, making it a different experience from what you planned. But that should not hinder you from having an awesome road trip.
Some of the changes along the way may slow your trip, making it longer. But new adventures are also part of a trip. Trying to force things to go as per your plan could cause you more frustrations or trouble. Accept the situations, and enjoy your journey.
A successful road trip depends on your preparation, but it also goes as per the circumstances on the ground. You would think that having a schedule and accessible car would suffice your tour. This is true, but preparation is vital. Follow the few tips you have learned to ensure that you have a successful road trip with your family and friends.
I have a Motorcycle travel checklist which I use from time to time and it can be useful for you.