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Road trips are always a good time. However, if you come unprepared, road trips can take a nasty turn for the worst. Should we book a hotel in advance? What about gas? Will there be food and restaurants nearby? How can we entertain ourselves for hours on end?
1) Before you hop in the car and hit the road you should make sure that your car is road worthy.
Check your fluids. This includes engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, radiator coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and power steering fluid.
Check all the hoses and belts and ensure they are properly secured.
Check your tire pressure. The ideal pressure should be listed on the side of the tire and/or on the manufactures label inside the driver or passenger door.
Make sure your headlights and brake lights are in working order.
2) Build an emergency car kit
Your kit can be as simple or as extensive as you feel comfortable with, but should contain at least these items:
First aid kit Water Extra oil Jumper cables Small tool kit Duct tape Blankets and/or sleeping bags Extra food – granola/energy bars Flashlight and extra batteries Multi-purpose tool Extra gas can
Why would an emergency car kit be an important thing to have while on a road trip?
3) Have a paper map and know how to read it.
Having a paper map can be a lifesaver if you don’t have a GPS or cell signal. Even if you do have a GPS, you can’t always count on technology. Sometimes power cords break, devices break, or for one reason or another, it just doesn’t work.
4) Plan your stops before you leave.
Discuss which route you’ll be taking to reach your destination. Think about things you would like to do or see along the way.
The ROADTRIPPERS and ONTHEWAY apps are great planning tools. They will help to plan your route and tell you where to find things like museums, parks and roadside attractions.
Roadside attractions are a fun and interesting places to take a quick break and stretch your legs.
Are there any roadside attractions along your route or nearby?
5) Finding hotels
Will your trip be long enough that you’ll have to stop at a hotel for the night? While planning your stops, plan where you’d like to spend the night. Search for hotels in that area and comparison shop for the best deal for your group.
6) It’s time to gather supplies for your trip
Having too many things will make the car crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. What are, in your mind, 3 essential things that you should bring on your road trip? (eg: a refillable water bottle, extra toilet paper, a flashlight for reading) together with your group discuss your choices and decide as a group what is necessary for the trip.
7) How will you pass the time in the car?
While tablets and cell phones are readily available, a continuous stream of screen time sometimes is not always the best way to spend time together.
Have each member of your group list a game that everyone can play in the car.
You can’t have a road trip without snacks. The secret to good road trip snacks is that they’re sharable and won’t leave the car sticky or messy. What are your favorite road trip snacks?
9) Music, podcasts, and audio books.
Together with your group make a playlist of music and podcasts you’d like to listen to on your trip. Audio books are also a great way to pass the time. Find at least 2 audio books that everyone can agree on and add those to your playlist.
10) You’ve spent time planning and preparing; now it’s time to travel.
Take along a notebook or journal and document your adventures. Share with your family and friends when you return home.
11) You’ve reached your destination!!!
Congratulations! You’ve made it safely to your destination!
What were your favorite and lest favorite parts of your road trip?
12) Time to head home!
Review all of your planning from previous steps. Is there anything you’d like to change about your plan before you hit the road once more?