Now Buckle Up and Strap In

Whether you are going alone or with a partner sitting beside you, a road trip is always relaxing and not to mention rejuvenating.

Indeed, nothing beats passing by scenic landscapes while the stereo blasts your favorite road songs.

But just like any other activity, a road trip can be made extra special if you prepare for it.

After all, a lot thing will happen along the way.

So, to fully enjoy the journey without issues or interruptions, it’s always best to have everything set.

Keep these tips in mind on your next interstate travels.

You will make every second of the trip worth it.

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Check your vehicle

What’s a road trip without the right set of wheels?

Unless you want to travel like the Flintstones did, you may want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape.

This means checking the essentials such as engine performance and oil levels.

Also, it is imperative to modify your vehicle to suit any condition or environment.

For example, if you are planning on off-roading in the Australian outback, make sure to have the proper lift kits installed.

That way, you will make the most out of every inch of red sand you cover.

do not get stranded out here

do not get stranded out here

Stock up on essentials

Sure, you can always plan on going on a road trip on the spot, but it is still a good idea to come prepared for it.

While traveling on impulse has it excitement-inducing perks, but equipping yourself with travel essentials wouldn’t make any difference.

You will still have a good time if you stock up on some clothes and other on-the-road necessities.

Just be sure to bring a toothbrush with you.

 

Prepare for any emergency

You will never know what will happen on the road.

Whether it’s a collision along the highway or an overnight burglary, these situations can pour nightmare fuel on your wanderlust.

With that being said, make sure to come prepared with a health pack, repair kit, and extra communication devices and power banks.

That way, you won’t have to worry about being vulnerable in the wilderness.

 

Be prepared for checkpoints

Along the way, you will encounter several checkpoints.

Don’t panic — it’s part of keeping the road safe and prevent bad people from traveling.

You as a citizen will only have to cooperate with the procedures by showing the authorities your licenses and supporting documents.

Make sure to answer all the questions thrown at you, including your destination.

Just remember: as long as you are not drinking while driving or doing something else that’s illicit, you are well within your rights not to get arrested.

 

Don’t plan too much

Okay, okay.

It doesn’t really add up right?

This article is about preparing for a road trip, and yet here you are being told not to plan too much.

But hear me out.

Planning is good for ensuring your travels go unhindered but putting in too many details just ruins the fun. It’s always best to balance out your preparation with a bit of spontaneity.

As much as possible, limit the destinations you are going to visit and leave a bit of space for curiosity and wonder.

just do it - plan but not overplan

just do it – plan but not overplan

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An aging Yank living in Seattle, Washington.

Gary – who has written posts on GeekandJock.