Prepare Your Entertainment
If you love listening to music while driving, or if you are traveling with small children, prepare your road trip entertainment before leaving. Prepare an assortment of travel games or a list of ideas for games the entire car can play, such as “eye spy.”
In-car DVD players have answered the prayers of many parents for car entertainment. Some newer cars come with preinstalled DVD players fitted into the back of the front seats. Should you drive an older model, you can still find several low-cost portable DVD players that will allow your children movie enjoyment on the road.
If you love listening to music, have all of your CDs at the ready. If plugging your iPod into your stereo, create a long playlist–this is also a much safer option, as you won’t be trying to switch CDs as you drive.
Have Your Insurance Sorted
To avoid the debt of unexpected car accidents, it is smart to prepare with auto insurance. Nothing is more frustrating than having an accident while away from home and not knowing how you are going to pay for it or how you’ll get back home.
Of course you may already have insurance for your vehicle, but it never hurts to double check that all of your policies are up to date. If you are travelling a long distance, you may want to take out extra insurance that covers the costs of medical expenses.
Have Food On-hand
If you are travelling along roads you have never been on before, you don’t want to take your chances and assume there will be plenty of places to stop and get food along the way.
Packing road-friendly snacks will help to avoid any hunger pains that may creep up mid-journey, so make sure you pack them in a convenient place! Packing your own food is also a great way to save money. Most people rely on convenience food when road tripping and that can get expensive.
Plan Your Route
This one is probably the most important. Unless you are planning on taking a road trip wherever the wind takes you, you will no doubt have a destination and a day and perhaps time you want to arrive.
Avoid any frustrations by researching ahead of time the exact route you will need to take. If you are unsure of the area, stick to main roads and highways rather than taking back street short cuts. It may add a few minutes to your trip, but it’s better than getting lost!
What are some of your tips for making a road trip successful?