Road Trip Tips, Tricks, and Advice
With the CDC changing mask guidelines, life is opening back up again around the country. Wanting to be adventurous, people are seeking new views and activities. What better way to see as much as you can than with a road trip? In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the history of this summer pastime. Plus, provide some tips and tricks to advise your journey.
What is a Road Trip?
A road trip is a long-distance journey on the road traveled by car or RV. The birth of this activity came about the August of 1888 in Germany. Wanting to try out her husband’s new invention, Bertha Benz traveled from Mannheim to Pforzheim. Karl Benz did not know she was taking this trip. Garnering publicity for the automobile there is not a dedicated scene route commemorating her historic trip.
Accompanied by their dog, H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker completed the first road trip in North America in 1903. Taking a total of 63 days, the men travelled from San Francisco to New York. Six years later, Alice Ramsey and her group of friends would be the first women to do this same journey.
Due to the sheer size of US, and the expansion of major motorways, a road trip is very common family holiday. It’s a great way to save money, see the country, and visit locations you might not otherwise visit.
Tips, Tricks, and Advice
Interested in taking a road trip this summer? Then, check out these tips and tricks!
Dos and Don’t
DO take your car in for a full tune-up before leaving. A clean car is the best fresh start for your trip, What’s more, you should pack a spare tire and a road trip emergency kit!
DON’T be unorganised. Make a list of everything you’re bringing with you. Additionally, aim to leave your house in order so you can return to a fresh welcoming environment.
DO anticipate any trouble spots and have a back up plan if things go awry. Plus, you should have an idea of how you’re splitting up the driving time.
DON’T over plan. Leave room for spontaneity.
DO have a rough idea of where you’re going and when you’re taking breaks. There are great websites that can help you to plan your road trip. As well as, recommend some great landmarks to make pitstops at.
DON’T forget to stop and stretch your legs. It’s bad for the human body to sit for too long. So, make sure you’re resting both your eyes and mind.
DO take the road less travelled as well as eat and stay local. Support the local communities you’re visiting and even find a hidden gem!
What to Bring
We said you shouldn’t be unorganised. So, what should you bring?
- Spare Tire (+the knowledge on how to change it)
- Emergency Car Kit (flares, jumper cables, gloves, rope, etc.)
- License, Registration, and Insurance
- Owner’s Manual
- Roadside Assistance
- Water (+ other forms of car hydration like oil)
- Empty Gas Can
- Air Freshener
- Portable Garbage Can
- Sunshade (for you car) + Sunscreen (for you)
- Baby Wipes, Toilet Paper, + Tissues
- Hand Sanitiser (+ A Mask!)
- Day Bag (for small adventures)
- Mosquito Spray
- Electronic Devices Chargers
- The Ultimate Road Trip Playlist
Not sure where to go? Check out these vacation destinations around the country!