how to plan for your road trip

 
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Given we recently went away for the long weekend and decided we'd do a road trip of it, I thought it could be a great idea to incorporate a "How to" guide when it comes to cruising the roads. If you're planning on going away for a few days yourself to get away from the city's hustle and bustle, look no further. Below I've highlighted 9 key tips for planning your road trip days. 

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Checklist of items to bring along with you

  • Comfort items - A pillow, blanket, face mask, hand cream.
  • Mobile
  • Music device
  • Laptop/tablet
  • USB chargers
  • Games
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Food
  • Garbage bags-For those snacks and anything else you might need to throw out while driving
  • Reading material
  • Emergency accessories for the car-Boosting cables, windshield fluid, engine oil, extra gas jug, etc. You get the point.

9 tips to a successful road trip

  1. Check your vehicle prior to departure. Leave with a full tank and double-check those important things such as tire pressure, engine, etc. So as to avoid any mishaps and ensure safe travels.  
  2. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate yourself. Drink plenty of water throughout your journey as we tend to get dehydrated far too easily from being in the car for hours on end under the sun and heat. 
  3. Make pit stops throughout your journey. Whether it be for needing the toilets or not, take the time to stretch out those pretty limbs of yours. This is so overlooked upon and yet so important for our body. 
  4. Music-Get that playlist ready to use.
  5. Material to keep yourself busy. Whether work material to catch up on or simply a good read. Games of various kinds are also apart of this. 
  6. Snack your way towards your destination. Prep and plan for you snacking needs. Ideally plan for healthy snack with foods which retain much water such as capsicum, celery, grapes, melon, etc. Snacks high in fiber are always a great idea as well, such as those granola and nut bars. By doing so, it will avoid you having the munchies and going for a quick run to the nearest McDonalds. 
  7. Let your inner wanderlust take hold. If you have no time constraints, let your curiosity lead the way and stop along the way to discover interesting local locations. Sightsee as much you can and don't forget to take pictures along the way with your favourite camera.
  8. Make up your own road games. For instance, a silly one Mick and I have had for some time now is to point out as many windmills as possible. The one to have tallied the most windmill counts once the destination is reached wins. It's a very simple and straight forward game we've made up, yet it seems to work every time in getting our inner child out and never fails to amuse us. 
  9. Use maps - Whether it be Google Maps or choosing to go old school with an actual road map, you'll probably be needing one!
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And there you have it folks. These are simply pointers and are to act as reminders from our experience of taking the road. 

What are some of your favourite things to do or bring along with you during your road trips?

CCX