When somebody suggests a road trip, the general consensus is usually that it should be a spontaneous expedition. And there’s some element of truth to this, of course. You don’t want your trip to feel dull and monotonous like any old car journey. That being said, planning a road trip doesn’t mean it has to be a boring journey. In fact, failing to plan a road trip can ruin any chances of it being fun because you won’t have the things you need, and the journey might take longer than necessary because you won’t know where you’re going. Are you ready for your next road trip? You might want to take the following pieces of advice on board so you’re truly prepared.
Prepare for unexpected scenarios.
If you want to relax and enjoy your road trip then you should be prepared for all manner of scenarios. That way, an unexpected turn of events won’t ruin the entire vibe of the trip. For example, you should pack some essentials and emergency supplies. You’ll want some decent snacks and water flasks for everyone if it’s a long journey; hunger and thirst can manifest themselves in the form of grumpy moods, and that’ll ruin the vibe of the trip. You’ll also want a first aid kit for any bumps or bruises. Pack a road map in case the GPS loses signal too; we’re all so dependent on our navigation systems that it can be hard to find the right route without them.
The traditional methods of navigation can still prove useful. Planning out your route well is also about taking different potential routes into account. That way, you’re prepared for road closures and other unpredictable occurrences. You should also have a number for roadside assistance on hand in the event of a breakdown or an incident. You might want to do some research on available options for legal help after an accident. It’s good to know your financial options in the event of such an unexpected scenario. If you’re prepared then you’ll be able to enjoy your road trip.
Think about the music.
Boring plans aside, let’s talk about the exciting aspect of a road trip: the playlist. Listening to some music on your trip helps to give structure and progress to your journey. Obviously, you can watch hills or road signs roll past the window, but listening to music is a much more exciting way to mark the passage of time on your journey. It makes the trip feel like an adventure in itself rather than simply a way of getting from point A to point B. It’s a chance for a singalong or a quiet moment, depending on how long the trip is. It can be an opportunity to take a break from talking, take a quick power nap, or party with your friends (as long as you don’t distract the driver). Music really makes a road trip meaningful, so make sure you put some thought into the playlist. Choose songs that make everyone happy; ask for suggestions from each passenger (and the driver, of course). Do this before the trip so there are no awkward breaks in the playlist whilst you or someone else tries to think of another song to play.