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here are few things better than getting in a car and hitting the open road.

If you're planning an upcoming road trip, check out this guide for some tips and tricks on planning your best trip yet!

Planning for your road trip will make it better for everyone.

Planning is the most important part of any road trip.

It's the difference between having a good time, and having a great time that everyone will remember fondly for years to come. Planning your road trip will make it more enjoyable overall, safer, cheaper, more memorable and efficient.

Here are some steps to get you started:

Prep your car.

The best part about going on a road trip is the journey itself. But before you can get there, you need to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. Make sure the following items are in working order:

  • Tire pressure: Check before driving and again at every gas station stop
  • Oil and transmission fluid levels: If they’re low, fill ‘em up!
  • Battery: Check for cracks or leaks; if any are found, replace them immediately.
  • Lastly, check your breaks!!

Pack a roadside emergency kit.

Your car is your home on wheels when you're on the road, so it's important to make sure that it's as comfortable and safe as possible. This means packing not only necessities like food and clothes, but also items that can help keep you protected from harm.

Preparing for the worst-case scenario is key: consider including in your roadside emergency kit a flashlight, spare batteries (for both kinds), a blanket or a dry towel in case of an unexpected breakdown, first-aid supplies like BandAids and aspirin (and maybe even nitroglycerin tablets if you have heart problems), phone charging cords so that you never run out of battery power while navigating through unfamiliar territory.

The whole point here is making sure that no matter what happens on your trip—whether it be car trouble or getting lost—you'll be ready to handle whatever comes next.

Don’t try to cover too many miles in a single day, either.

The most important thing to remember when planning your road trip is that you don't need to cover too many miles in a single day. Your body will thank you for it.

You don't want to drive yourself into the ground. You'll be more likely to stop for meals, bathroom breaks, and naps if you spread out your trip instead of trying to race across multiple states at once.

Make regular stops.

If the idea of a road trip sounds like an unbearable bore, you’re doing it wrong.

Road trips are meant to be fun and relaxing—they should also be full of stops. Here are some reasons why you should stop regularly:

  • To stretch your legs and get some fresh air
  • To take photos
  • To eat something delicious
  • To refuel with gas or food (duh)
  • To use the bathroom (or go number two if that isn't possible)
  • To check out the scenery or wildlife along the way (we don't recommend pulling over right in front of an animal)

To learn more about how to plan the perfect road trip, check out our class: Road Trip USA: How to Plan, Enjoy and Stay Safe.

Posted 
Jul 23, 2022
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Travel
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