Lately, we’ve been going on a lot of road trips.
It’s been a lot of fun exploring the United States, but it can be tiring at times. Sometimes we drive right through, and the longest we’ve gone without stopping oavernight is 15 hours.
That’s a lot of driving, and there are things that we do to make our road trips a little bit easier.
Below are my tips for a long distance road trip.
Be prepared to go the night before.
The night before we leave for a road trip is usually the night where we completely pack the car. This way, we can just wake up in the morning and head out. It can save anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of time in the morning, and you won’t have to run around frantically and wonder what you might have forgotten.
Get enough sleep the night before.
If you only pay attention to one of my tips in this post, please make it this one. No matter what you do, always make sure to get enough sleep the night before. This way you can be completely refreshed for your trip and not fall asleep. Road hypnosis is a real thing, so make sure you get enough sleep and that you are awake enough to drive.
I understand this can be hard. It is often hard to get any sleep the night before a vacation. At least, I know that’s how it is for me.
Bring snacks and drinks.
I always make sure to bring a lot of snacks and drinks on a road trip. It can help keep me awake to actually be doing something in the car, especially if I am by myself, and it can be a nice little refresher. It also makes it easy because you won’t have to be searching around for a place to eat.
Take breaks when needed.
Another important tip is to always make sure to take any needed breaks. Stretch your legs everyone now and then, pull over at a rest stop, and do whatever else you need to do. Breaks are helpful!
Make sure your car is ready to go.
Before you leave for your trip, you should make sure that your car is in good driving condition. This may include changing the oil, replacing the tires, rotating the tires, refilling any windshield washer fluid, and more. Having your car prepared for your road trip will make it that much easier.
Things may go wrong on your road trip, especially when on a long road trip. Try not to get worked up about them though as that may ruin your trip.
If something does happen, it’s probably an easy fix. Around 1.5 years ago, I broke my cell phone screen on a long road trip. If fact, I broke it on the very first day. I freaked out the rest of the trip when I probably should have just brought an iPhone screen replacement kit with me. Instead of dealing with a broken phone for a few weeks, I could have just cheaply done it myself in probably like 15 minutes.
Do you enjoy going on road trips? Why or why not?