Happy Friday, people!
Can you believe that it is the 2nd of September. How sad is that? I mean it’s sad because summer is over… and Autumn is pretty depressing in the UK. But at least I can be happy due to a fact that today is Friday which means I don’t need to go to work and I can, finally, ‘invest my time’ and write a quick blog post.
So, the aim of today’s post is to share with you, guys, my top 5 tips on how to plan a perfect road trip. If you have read my previous post about my road trip to Spain, then you know that I was planning to share a few tips with you, so, without further explanation, let’s begin!
1. Do your RESEARCH
When planning a road trip, it is crucial to research as much as possible prior setting off. Why? Because you don’t want to be surprised or unaware of certain things, right? I strongly suggest doing research before a road trip mainly because driving rules (if you’re crossing a border of course) may vary, so nobody really wants to pay a fine just because you were unaware of something? For example, while planning our trip to Spain through France, we did our ‘homework’ and found out that in France you must have an alcohol tester (breathalyser) at all times in your car. A small thing, right, but can cost you a fine if you are stopped by the police. So, Ignorantia juris non excusat or simply ignorance does not exempt you from responsibility!
2. Do your PLANNING and TRACKING
If your road trip involves doing thousands of kilometres, a dozen of hotels and various countries, do your planning! Maybe it is even worth making a small spreadsheet so you have everything at hand? I found that having a spreadsheet does help a lot. It can be really simple, you can even do it on paper, does not matter as long as you have everything on one sheet of paper.
3. Prepare and check your car
A road trip would not be possible without a car meaning that you car has to be in a perfect condition! About a week before you set off, get your car checked by a mechanic who will ensure that car’s fluid levels, tyres, brakes and other important parts are in a good condition. Once you got your car checked from a mechanical side, you also need to have it cleaned inside. Remove receipts, fast food wraps, take-away coffee cups – literally everything from your car before going on a road trip. Travelling long distances in a messy car isn’t nice at all and especially if you need to find something important in a pile of rubbish… So, make sure that your car is thoroughly cleaned!
4. Divide tasks and responsibilities
When going on a long road trip, it is more likely that you will be travelling with someone else – your partner, your friend/friends, family, etc… No matter how good you think you’re at everything – planning, driving, navigating, taking pictures, etc., it is important that you all agree who is responsible for what. For example, when my boyfriend and I were on our road trip in France and Spain, I was responsible for having cash at hand and paying for tolls as well as for setting our GPS while my boyfriend was responsible for planning our ‘rest and eat breaks’ while driving and monitoring our car’s fuel consumption making sure that we stop in villages where we can top up our tank with cheaper petrol. Dividing responsibilities is a key as it prevents from overburdening one person with tasks and responsibilities.
5. Pack the right stuff
A light car means that you will save on petrol, therefore, make sure that you pack only the stuff you need! Of course, take into consideration the length of your trip, the weather conditions and other important factors but don’t put too much into your car’s boot. Think about things that can be shared between you and your travel companions. Why would you need 5 bottles of sun cream if you all can share one? If you travel with a bunch of girlfriends why you all pack a hairdryer if you can take only one and share it? Think smart when packing stuff!
So these are my 5 tips that you should take into consideration when planning your road trip! Road trips are lots of fun but sometimes small things can make your experience unpleasant.
Do you have any tips that you would like to share? Please leave them in the comments’ section below!