How to organize your first road trip?
Do you like to travel and now dream of taking a first road trip by car? To avoid trouble and problems, it is important to plan and organize your car trip well.
Whether in France, Canada or the United States, here is my best tips and advice for organizing a successful road trip by car.
1. A car in good condition with A1 mechanics
Of course, who says road trip also says car mechanics. If you are not used to servicing your old car, it is better to make an appointment at a garage to have your car inspected before the big departure.
A few essentials before hitting the road for your next road trip this summer:
- Make the oil change
- Check engine oil levels
- Check the air pressure in the tires
- Check brake pad wear
- Check the condition of the battery and the alternator
If you have an older or even recent car, why not offer roadside assistance in the event of mechanical breakdown during the road trip?
An expense, certainly, but which will save you a lot of headaches if the car breaks down on a country road.
2. Organize the car well before leaving
If you are going on an adventure with your children, organization and storage in the car are 2 extremely important points. With children, you have to be even more ingenious and creative to properly store all your luggage and travel accessories.
For practical tips for organizing your car before leaving, here is another article with lots of tips: Organize your car trunk.
One way to declutter the trunk and all the other little nooks that can serve as storage in the car is to install a roof box to store a multitude of things in order to declutter the car as much as possible. Of course, before finding the ideal trunk for your car, it is better to start by buying roof bars if your car still does not have one.
Buy a roof box at the best price:
If you already have roof bars why not shop now for a roof box or if you prefer a luggage rack to be fixed on the roof of your car?
3. Where will you sleep during the road trip?
Although a road trip is synonymous with going on an adventure without worrying too much about where we are going and where we will be in a few days, it is better to plan a few nights in advance.
Book a hotel room before you go!
If you know what time of year you are going and to which destinations, why not plan a few cozy nights in a hotel, a lodge or even a Bed and Breakfast.
If you want to go on an adventure, then nothing prevents you from deciding at the last minute for the other nights, quite simply.
4. With whom to go on a road trip this summer?
It may seem trivial, but it is very important to go with the right people and friends during a road trip. Imagine going away for a few days or weeks with a friend who finally gets on your nerves after 24 hours on the road.
Of course, if you’re going with your family, you don’t have much choice of travelers :), but if not, take the time to choose the best person. You know that friend with whom you get along wonderfully and who complements you perfectly?
It’s nice to be able to count on someone other than yourself, especially during hardships or stretches of road that are a little more difficult to overcome during the road trip.
5. An up-to-date GPS and why not a good old road map?
Before turning the key and setting off on an adventure on rural or urban roads and paths, don’t forget to bring your GPS. But beyond not forgetting it, it is absolutely necessary to take a few minutes to update the maps of your GPS so that the paths and roads are all up to date.
Another tip, why not bring a road map of where you’ll be driving to make sure you don’t get lost? A GPS or a phone is fine, but the map can be very useful at times.
Using Google Map is even better!
The majority of new cars now offer a touch screen with integrated GPS. If that’s not the case with your old car why not just use Google Map in your phone.
6. Good music in the car
As you are likely to spend long hours driving the car, why not prepare a good “playlist” of music to enjoy your road trip to the MAX!
So take your phone to prepare lists of your favorite songs. If you have an unlimited data plan then Spotify can be a great idea, especially since there are many road-trip and car-ride type playlists.
Here’s a 300,000-subscriber Playlist aptly named Road Trip and featuring over 60 songs on Spotify:
7. Don’t forget the cooler
Since you don’t know how long it will take to eat or sleep, a cooler is an important item to bring in the car.
So put a few bottles of water and other cold drinks in there to keep you hydrated throughout your journey. Some models of coolers can even be plugged into the car so that drinks and food stay cool even longer.
8. Leave early, very early in the morning!
If you plan to do a lot of driving and visit several places during the road trip, then take advantage of the early hours of the day to cover the first kilometers.
By leaving early in the morning, you will avoid traffic and even sometimes traffic jams, especially in large cities.
So, hit the road as soon as the sun rises to quickly get to the city or town you want. You will quickly arrive at your destination and thus take advantage of the long hours remaining to visit the various tourist attractions of the place.
9. Have a first aid kit in the car
Regardless of the distance and the places to visit during the car ride, it is very important to have a well-stocked first aid kit.
If you are traveling by car with children, this first aid kit is all the more important.
Here are some important things to have in the first aid kit:
- dressings of different formats
- adhesive fabric tape
- antibiotic ointment
- alcohol swabs
10. Have fun and have fun
Whether you are going alone, as a couple, with family or friends, the most important thing for a successful road trip is to have fun, to always have fun.
No matter what challenges and hiccups you’ll encounter along the way, always keep in mind what you’re doing this road trip for. Fun, fun and fun! Let yourself go and take advantage of this moment of liberation to clear your mind and enjoy the beautiful things that life has in store for you.
Have a good road trip! 🙂