Roll the windows down on your perfect road trip vacation
Preparing for a vacation can feel like a full-time job. Especially if your planning to drive to your destination. After all, there’s a lot more involved to a road trip than purchasing a ticket online and packing your bags. Don’t succumb to the stress of your next road trip prep. Travel like a pro with this comprehensive guide to planning your summer getaway.Car SafetyAs mothers everywhere have always said, safety first! Whether you’re travelling for just a couple days, a week, or longer take the appropriate safety measures to ensure smooth and happy sailing.Schedule a maintenanceAvoid the surprise of a mid-trip check-engine light on your car and schedule a routine maintenance check-up before you depart, but far enough in advance in case your car needs any serious repairs. Be sure to check your fluid levels, tire pressure and wiper blades to ensure your vehicle’s performance is optimal your whole trip. Purchase a roadside emergency kitPlanning on a long drive? Don’t leave home without a comprehensive roadside emergency kit stocked with all the essentials, including jumper cables, a flashlight, reflective pylons and a first aid kit.Travel insuranceOpt for a travel insurance provider that offers coverage for roadside assistance. CAA, Canadian Tire and Costco, all offer membership programs that include roadside assistance for those pesky flat tires or other automobile emergencies. Packing
Pack your trunk with all the essentials for a great road trip.
With no luggage weight or sizing restrictions, packing for a road trip can get out of hand. Make sure you have the essentials with this helpful checklist.Tech ItemsIt’s the 21st century after all so make sure you pack the necessary gadgets and equipment to make your road trip just a little more bearable. This includes:GPS Cellphone Chargers and cables (including an adapter to charge from your car lighter) First AidPrepare for potential accidents and injuries by packing a complete first aid kit stocked full of the essentials including:Bandages Disinfectant Ice packs Pain medicine Mosquito repellent Sunscreen lotion SnacksA full belly is a happy belly! Keep snacks light and healthy to avoid emergency restroom stops. Load a cooler for on-the-road snacks that include:Water and juice Protein bars Dried nuts and/or fruit Sandwiches Cheese and crackers Other essentialsStay comfortable on a long drive with a few other items such as:Reusable water bottle/ travel mug Travel pillow Garbage bags Headphones Rain jacket Car manual Sunglasses In-Car Entertainment
Enjoy the drive and the destination!
Whether you’re travelling with kids or not, a long car ride can lead to restlessness at any age. Planning for in-car entertainment is essential to maintain a happy car load of passengers the whole trip. Keep your crew entertained with a few of these classics:Pump some tunesCreate a playlist sure to inspire a sing-a-long. Take turns playing DJ to make sure everyone gets to hear their favourite tunes. Streaming apps such as Apple Music or Spotify can help you curate the perfect playlist for every audience.Licence plate bingoPrint out bingo cards with a mixture of different provinces and states on it. Pack a marker or stickers and first person to get a line, wins!21 questionsOne passenger thinks of a secret object and the others have 21 yes or no questions to correctly guess the item.The alphabet gameStarting at the beginning of the alphabet, look for signs that start with that letter.Know your route
Find the perfect route for your road trip.
With your destination in mind, plan your perfect route full of picturesque views and entertaining stops sure to please your crowd. Ready to get going? Program your route and stops into your GPS system to stay on track your whole trip.Plan your stopsConsider pit stops for bathroom breaks, gas stations to fill the tank, meals, lodging, and even local attractions. Take into consideration the needs of your travel companions and make a joint decision on distance and time between breaks to keep all passengers happy. Look up fun stops on route to your destination and get excited about the drive. Be flexible If there is one thing a road trip offers that any other vacation doesn’t, it’s the freedom to customize your trip from day to day, or minute to minute. Even the best-laid plans may need some tweaking along the way. Be open to change in your itinerary and adjust your route to accommodate unforeseen circumstances or surprise attractions.Take advantage of a few great appsRoadtrippers – Plan the perfect road trip with the help of this handy app. Its easy interface allows you to organize your route and locate the perfect pit-stops to discover historic monuments, national parks and scenic drives to make your trip more memorable.Waze–If your priority is the destination and not the travel, get there faster with this helpful app. Use it in lieu of your traditional GPS to reroute around traffic and road closures, locate the cheapest gas available and receive real time alerts about hazards on your drive.Google Trips– Do you struggle to stay organized on vacation? Google Trips is for you. From managing your daily plans, to gathering all your hotel or accommodation reservations, you’ll stay organized your whole trip long.Taking a road trip requires strategic planning, but with a little time and effort you may just be in for the best vacation of your life!Related