How to Prepare for a Long Road Trip

Are you planning an extended family road trip or a weekend away with your friends?

Whether you’re hoping to explore a new city or you want to go camping and forget about your responsibilities for a week, preparation is key for a successful vacation. This includes preparing yourself, your vehicle, and your accommodation if necessary.

Failure to prepare could cause you a lot of hassle on your journey. You might forget your spare clothes or your vehicle could run out of petrol halfway through your road trip.

To help you prepare for your next long road trip, here are some top tips to keep in mind.

Always Bring Power Backup

You can never predict power outages so it’s always best to prepare for the worst. Make sure to pack a portable generator in your vehicle to provide electrical energy in an outage.

Backup also refers to battery backup. If you’re going camping and have hand-held torches or lanterns, you’ll need spare batteries in case your current ones run out of charge.

Take some time to think about every potential scenario where you might run out of power and need backup energy. This is especially important if you plan on going to a remote location on your road trip.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is one of the most important things to prepare when you’re heading on a long road trip, for obvious reasons. Properly preparing your car involves giving it a good clean, checking the tires, and filling up the tank with fuel.

You might even want to get your vehicle checked by a professional to ensure that there are no underlying issues with the engine, suspension, electrics, clutch, or brakes. Should they find any issues, they can fix them before you head on your road trip.

Prioritize Safety

Regardless of where you’re traveling, safety should be a top concern in all aspects of your trip. We’ve already mentioned vehicle safety but you must also consider the safety of your accommodation.

If you’re booking a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb to stay overnight on your long road trip, do plenty of research to find a legitimate company. Look at customer reviews and read through a company’s website to check their licenses and accreditations before booking with them.

Safety also involves gathering all of the necessary legal documentation for your trip. If you plan on traveling to a new state or even a new country, you might need certain documents to do so, such as photo identification, a driver’s license, and a passport.

Plan Rest Breaks Along the Journey

When you’re driving for several hours, you might find yourself feeling drowsy behind the wheel. To keep you and your passengers safe and free of injuries, plan a series of short breaks along your journey.

Ideally, you should take a break every two hours. Get out of the vehicle, stretch your legs, have a bite to eat, and drink plenty of water.

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I'm Jethro. I'm a carpenter, and love to build things! You can find me in the garage or at work most days of the week. My sister is Crystal, who you might know from this very blog. Her son Johnny loves video games just as much as I do - so we have a lot of fun playing together!

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