If you love the idea of going on a long ride, being able to travel to unfamiliar places and do everything you want while on the road, then road trips are ultimately perfect for you. It is fun and cost-effective. Also, it’s most worthwhile when done with the whole family.
While road trips give you the freedom to be your own navigator, you can’t escape the fact that you need to be your own planner, so to help you prepare things before the most awaited road trip of the family, below is an ultimate guide to help you make the trip more memorable. Follow these simple tips.
1. Select What Kind of a Road Trip Your Family Wants
Are you planning to drive across the town, across the country or out of the country? Whatever is it that your family wants, it is important to know first what kind of a road trip you will be delving in. This will help you know how far you will be going and how much money will you need.
2. Pick the Right Car
Most road trip goers select recreational vehicles, especially when with 4 or more people. If you are thinking about utilizing such a vehicle, make sure you are picking the right battery for your RV. You would not want to stop the fun just because its battery is troublesome.
3. Be Updated with the Weather Forecast
Of course, you wouldn’t want to drive on a rainy day. Thus, checking on the weather forecast is crucial. Also, be ready to change plans when the weather seems too bad for a road trip.
4. Set Your Schedules
Before going on a road trip, be sure that all of the family members are available. Set the target date and avoid cancelling plans because you have to finish something at work.
5. Plan Budget and Allocate Money Wisely
When planning the budget, list all the things you will need. Think about how much is needed and add some extra in case of emergency.
Categorize the needed necessities from the food, fuel, personal necessities, travel insurance (if you are going across the country) and others. List all the things that are needed and separate it from the wants. Don’t be too strict in budgeting, but also don’t be too loose.
6. Plan Where to Stop During and After the Road Trip
Depending on your budget plan and the circumstances that may arrive, you should ask yourself these questions; What locations or places do you want to go? Where do you plan to stop during the trip and after it?
To make your trip memorable, always plan the locations you want to go to. Make a list of all the places, and plan the route. Also, if you are planning to take a rest after the trip in a hotel or resort, make sure to make reservations a week before.
7. Prepare Emergency Kit and List Important Hotline Numbers
No one knows what will happen on the road, so to get prepared to whatever might happen is crucial, so prepare an emergency kit and list the hotlines of the nearest clinic or hospitals. Don’t forget to bring first aid kit, medicine, flashlight, tools (in case your car becomes problematic) and a hazard triangle. Also, make sure that your phones are fully charged.
Nothing is much better than a well-prepared self during a trip. Since no one ever knows what will less likely and more likely to happen, following the guide above will greatly help us save cost and time on the road. It will also help us be fully-equipped in case the worst scenario happens.
8. Bring Power Bank for your Mobile Phone
Whenever you are planning for a road trip, you better make sure that you won’t forget to bring an extra option to charge your mobile phone. Power banks are considered to be important that could be useful whenever you need to recharge your phone wherever you are, especially when you think you’ll be needing your phone for a longer period of time, like when you want to fight boredom by playing your favorite songs on your phone, and going on a road trip is nothing without capturing beautiful moments you could experience during the ride just because you have a dead battery.
Never forget to ask for a safe and blessed trip for the whole family. While car accidents don’t happen to every family, there’ll be more peace of mind knowing that you have His guidance.
10. Have Enough Sleep Before the Trip
Before going on a family road trip, make sure to sleep 8-10 hours. Rest well to enjoy your family road trip! Road trips will be useless if you won’t get the road trip vibe because you are sleeping all throughout the ride.
If you’re having doubts with the preparation you made, you could always check these reminders. Remember, It’s best to make sure that you are always prepared and ready.