Road trips are a necessary type of travel that allows you to see and explore the beauty Mother Nature. Road trips give you a more intimate relationship with the geography of a land and it allows you to see certain sights that cannot be seen from a plane. The purpose of a road trip is to take your time, make necessary stops to walk and explore certain areas and truly enjoy the journey towards your destination.
Note: If you are in a hurry or do not like being in a small confined space for long periods of time, this mode of travel is not for you.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you plan your trip.
If you do not have AAA, this is the time to finally get a membership. AAA has so many resources that can help you plan your trip and so many services that can help you out if you happen to have trouble on the road. They can even bring you gas if you happen to accidentally run out of gas in the middles of nowhere!
Use your AAA membership to your advantage. Here is a list of a few things you can do with your membership
- Grab the necessary maps and tour guides from any AAA office. They are free for members!
- Book hotels and mention you’re a AAA member. There are many opportunities for a discount on your bill.
- If you really don’t know where to start when planning your trip visit the AAA and they will help you plan your trip from beginning to end
- Check your membership for all the discounts they offer. You can get discounts on movie tickets, restaurants and so much more!
(This is not sponsored. I simply love the benefits your receive from AAA)
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH
Research is so important to planning the perfect road trip. You can leave room for spontaneity, but there are a few major pieces of information that should be looked at before driving off. Those topics are:
- Geography: take a gander at the freeways you will take and the overall geography of the areas you will be passing through. Being familiar with the geography of an area is very important!
- Weather: need I say more?
- Places to stay: if there is one thing to lock down before you go on your trip it is to make sure you have designated places to stay! Road trips can be taxing on the body and you will need a good night’s rest if you want to continue. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint so rest when you can and tak your time!
- Reservations: Find out if anything needs reservations or payments ahead of time. Some places require reservations or payment well before you arrive, so take the time to do this too before you go off onto the road.
There are a few things that are not normal for us to think about, but are necessary when traveling far to unknown places. There will be long stretches of land and nothing else so it is best to be prepared just in case anything happens. Here are a few things that should be on your list of things to bring:
MY ROAD TRIP CHECK-LIST:
- Water: hydration is key and in the event that there are no restaurants of hints of civilization, water is important to survival.
- Container for gas: in the unfortunate case that you run out of gas in the middle of nowhere it is important to have a container for gas for emergencies
- First aid kit: Just in case anything happens you are prepared
- Flashlight: in the event of a breakdown in the middle of night you’ll be prepared. I know there are flashlights on our phones, but in the event all phones are dead you at least have a working flashlight
- Paper towels, tissues and wet ones: Always important in order to be prepared for just about everything.
- Snacks: you know I love my snacks and someone is bound to get hungry. These snacks will keep you full until you find a decent restaurant.
- Spare Keys: I saw this tip on an article online and thought maybe this might be helpful. Keep this key with you at all times in case the other one was accidentally lost of left in the car. Keep it somewhere reachable for emergencies.
As always be safe, have fun and make lots of memories!