Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town
It’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost
Anywhere in the U.S.A.
Fragment of “Road Tripin” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The time to go road tripping is here again and it’s probably time to leave this town, but don’t get lost though. You probably think there is no way to get lost since you have your smart phone filled with all kinds of apps developed to help you find anything you need. However, you should not throw yourself out there and completely rely on your mobile device. Here are a few road trips tips to help you get ready for memorable travels.
Divide to conquer
Learn who is good at what and divide the labor involved in road tripping. A trip requires some planning and efficiency is the key to stay safe and make it memorable and fun. In the group there will always be someone good at navigation, someone in attraction finding and planning visits, surely a meal planning guru and finally drivers. Find these people within your group and divide the powers to conquer the road.
Safety first – car check up
Before hitting the road check up your car. Bring it to a mechanic and tell them you are planning a road trip. Check out the “5 things to have in your car”, but in general make sure you have a basic repair kit; first aid kit; fire extinguisher and road reflectors. Don’t forget the spare tire of course and duck tape for things you could fix yourself. Monitor tire pressure while on the road and keep an eye on the car gauges. When you are not looking at the dashboard keep your eyes on the road, not on your cell phone. In the last decade distracted drivers have become the leading cause to road accidents. So, remember the divide to conquer tip and if you are the designated driver do not get distracted with anything else.
Plan the route – and have a paper map
Planning the route is probably the first thing you have done. However, make sure to double check the routes you have picked and have back up plans in case of road closures. Consider the mountain roads – they will take longer to cross as going uphill means slowing down. Don’t forget to add some rest days / time when planning the trip because you will need to rest. Don’t drive more than 10 hours a day – slow down and enjoy. Furthermore, an important part of the trip is to calculate an average amount to spend on gas and other necessities. Consider how much money you are planning to spend and do your best to stick with this budget.
Surviving – clothes and foods
No doubt you will need clothes and food, but be light and stick with one bag per person. Consider the season and the terrains you will be crossing and visiting and pack only clothes you will need the most. Comfortable clothes for travel, pair of jeans and snickers are a good start.
When it comes to food here are a few classic road trips eats: bottled water and juice boxes easy to reach; energy bars, dry fruits and nuts, pretzels and chocolate bars; hard cheeses – sticks packed individually or smaller blocks; spreads like peanut butter and Nutella; veggies – sliced green peppers, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks and radishes all easy to pass around the car. Yet, don’t forget paper plates, cups, bows and plastic utensils you will need during your stops to sit and eat comfortably.
Also, along the food and clothes, pack cell phone batteries; chargers (adapters / cords for car chargers) and high tech gadgets you may need to make your trip safe and memorable.
After traveling thousands of miles across the country you might get tired. So, if you decide to hop on a plane at some point, to come back home, you will most likely need to ship your car back with an auto transport company. There is a very little chance for this to happen, but in case it does just call us or get a quote online and Corsia will get your vehicle home fast and safe.
Have fun now and stay safe! Where are you going for your next road trip?