Having been on a few road trips myself, I can safely say that these next tips are something that I wish someone had told me beforehand. So, before you make the same blunders I did, here are my 6 recommendations for a smooth trip, or as I like to call it: “A road trip survival guide for the restless youth!”
1) Plan Your Route
I cannot emphasise this enough. When you are on the road, you do not want to be stranded. Imagine not knowing where the nearest petrol kiosk is just to find out that your tank is empty or worse, having a full bladder with nowhere to relieve yourself. Even if the road trip is spontaneous, download the necessary maps and find the most convenient route before entering your car.
2) Download Your Favourite Playlist
We all know how important music is in what would otherwise be an awkward and silent drive. You never know when you will lose reception, especially when in a foreign town. If you are using Spotify or other music streaming services, it would suck if your favourite song was cut off in the middle of your road trip jamming session. So, heed this advice all you restless souls.
3) Rest Stop Best Stop?
Don’t underestimate the power of a rest stop. You may think that you can afford to miss a stop and carry on with your road trip, but you could be so wrong. Rest stops/truck stops are a godsend when you need a break from all the tedious driving. They have so many things to afford you on your road trip. These amenities include petrol, toilets, snacks and opportunities to take a break and stretch. Which takes me to…
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…my next point. This is especially pertinent to the driver. More so if he/she is driving a manual vehicle. Driving takes a toll on your legs and back. Taking a break to stretch helps to prevent cramps and muscle aches. Even if you are not the driver, staying seated in one position gets tiring after a while. Think of being stuck in a claustrophobic cabin and you would agree that getting some fresh air and getting your blood to circulate sounds like a great idea.
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I’m not encouraging the idea of overeating, but seasoned road trippers would agree that it is imperative to stock up on some tidbits to tide you over the random munchies that you might get while on the road. Come on, if you have a tendency snack at home, you will definitely want to snack on the road. And bringing ample snacks will help you to alleviate some hunger.
There’s many types of insurance options out there, but personally I feel that the two most pertinent insurance for travellers are travel insurance (of course) and personal injury insurance. Travel insurance covers things like lost baggage and delayed or cancelled flights, while personal injury insurance cover injuries that may occur while overseas. Nothing worse than getting hospitalised in a foreign country and finding out that the bills are above what you can afford. So, don't skimp on that extra dollars, as a little insurance goes a long way.
I hope these few tips will help you survive your next road trips like a champ, and inspire you to just pack your bags (and driver's license) and go!