Let’s talk about Road Tripping this week!
Hold up! Before you read the post, I have something to share!
Self-Care Awareness Week (November 16-22) is here! We are celebrating the week supporting the idea of self-care across communities, families, and generations. And, with the holiday season beginning, I wanted to highlight four specific ways to support yourself, community, and families with self-care activities. Obviously, with a travel twist.
There are many reasons to take a road trip.
You might have a specific destination in mind where it is more cost-efficient to take a road trip than to fly or use other means of travel.
Another reason to go on a trip is to inspect other parts of the country if you are going to move from your current residence.
My favorite reason for a road trip is to have great experiences and memories, whether solo or with family and/or friends. And, regardless of who you decide to road trip with, the best part about it all is to encounter unique and wonderful sites and experiences.
So, if you want to plan a road trip during the holidays, there are a few helpful hints to help make the trip more seamless and a little bit easier, and more enjoyable.
Where should I go on a road trip?
One of the first things you have to tackle when it comes to taking a pleasure road trip is choosing your destination and packing correct supplies. Deciding what location you want to visit can be tricky.
What is required is taking some time to research the sites that are available to tourists in the US.
Another requirement is to decide how long you wish to be gone and how far away from home you wish to travel. Considering all these factors is the key in choosing a destination for your trip, whether a short trip or a long trip.
Road Trip Packing List
Another priority to getting a road trip started off right is packing the correct items and supplies.
It may seem somewhat trivial, but planning a trip is much better when you’re prepared from the beginning.
Besides the necessities of clothes and toiletries, consider packing items, such as a cooler, your own prepared food, and pillow and blanket.
If you are worried about cost, a great way to save money is to take your own food. Instead of eating out the entire time you’re on the road, grab a pack of your own meals and snacks. Carrying a small cooler with food and drinks can keep your budget low.
For budget purposes, it helps to plan where you’re staying. For example, if you have relatives near your road trip destination, that would cut your hotel or lodging costs. If not, making reservations at the most cost-effective hotels, Airbnbs, or hostels along the way can help reduce costs.
Check out some possible road trip destinations here:
Road Trip Organization (And Mental) Hacks
There are some things that happen that are beyond our control, whether we plan or not. Still, organization is important! Especially if you want to avoid any mishaps 😉
Let’s not allow things that you can control to ruin your plans.
So, how do you increase the cost-effectiveness of a road trip? Keeping accurate and organized records.
As far as finances are concerned, keeping fuel, refreshment, and food receipts along with mileage records track the budget you’ve set for your trip. These records can make you more aware of what you are spending and help keep you from overextending yourself financially.
In addition, some good advice is to take photos, video, and/or keep a journal of what your experiences were on the road. This helps you remember your trip years down the road when all the details may become fuzzy.
Take record of souvenirs you purchase recording when and where you purchased them, and how much you paid. This will help you connect the mental puzzle pieces of your memory regarding your vacation.
How can I make my road trip better?
Finally, take advantage of free resources.
Websites such as city-data.com, official town websites, and others can help you plan your road trip.
Population, crime rate, and tourist details can provide you with the necessary information for you to decide where you will visit, stay, and even where you want to eat.
Maps are a good way to find your path, but I recommend a decent GPS system for your automobile. There are many on the market, simply go to your local trusted electronics store and ask about Global Positioning Satellite Systems. These can help you plan trips down to the turn.
Choosing destinations and packing the correct supplies, keeping accurate and organized records, and using the tools available to you will make your trip easier and more pleasant for your entire family.
Regardless of what you decide with your road trip, these tools and helpful hints can make the difference between having a smooth flawless trip and having a very upsetting, and chaotic trip. A road trip is definitely the way to make and keep family memories when prepared and organized.
Also Read: Plan a Safe Weekend Getaway