The guide to a perfect road-trip on a budget!

Road-tripping might just be the most relaxing way to travel. The only schedule you’ll have to keep in mind is your own. You can go wherever you want and stop whenever you want. Road-tripping is great, but it isn’t as careless as it seems. You can’t just get in the car and drive off, a good road-trip needs proper preparation. To help you with this i created this Guide to a perfect Road-Trip!

Car

Get your car checked at a licensed company. This is one of the most important things to do, don’t try to be smart and save money by doing this yourself –unless you’re a mechanic– because the last thing you want is your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere. Make sure there is a spare tire in your trunk along with the right tools. If you don’t know how to change a tire, don’t be embarrassed, just ask someone to teach you how to do it before you leave. I hope you wont be needing it but bring a first aid kit just in case. you can better be safe than sorry! This one might be a little obvious, but don’t forget to  bring all the necessary documents such as your drivers license, insurance card etc.

Road-trip dashboard lights

Memorize these dashboard lights!

Routeplanning

A well planned out route is the recipe for a great trip. –at least in my opinion. If you like to just drive and see where life gets you, this step isn’t necessary–  I like to use RoutePerfect when planning my road-trips. If you go with the automatic mode, the website generates stops along the route based on your own preferences. The Roadtrippers app is also great for planning. You should check these two out and find out which one works for you.

Routeperfect road-trip

RoutePerfect

Entertainment

Long car rides can be boring and exhausting. These are the best ways to keep you occupied.

  1. Music – Don’t leave without a usb/cd/ipod etc. filled with great music. Challenge each other in a lip sync battle or have fun doing car karaoke!
  2. Games – Lots of games come in travel size, they are perfect on the road.  You can also find a lot of free printable games on Pinterest like road trip bingo, scavenger hunts and would you rather questions.
  3. Books and magazines – You don’t have to be active all the time, take the opportunity to relax.

Hygiene and comfort

You’ll be spending a lot of time in a car seat, so make sure you’re comfortable! I prefer wearing leggings with a long sweater. Avoid wearing jeans and tight jackets. Don’t forget to bring a blanket, it will be your best friend! Baby wipes are great for sticky hands, refreshing yourself or cleaning up after you spilled your drink –if you’re as clumsy as i am

Navigation

Don’t make the mistake of just bringing a GPS navigator. If it freezes or stops working you’ll need a back up. Make sure to pre-download the route on your phone so you can acces it without needing internet. Also print your route or mark it on a map, if you get screwed by technology, you can always do it the old-fashioned way!

Routeplanning Road-trip

Last but not least a few tips on how to save money!

  1. Bring your own snacks! Convenience stores prices are high because they know hungry people will buy it anyway. Save money by bringing your own snacks and drinks.
  2. Exit the highway for cheaper gas. For road-trips in the USA or Canada you can also download the GasBuddy app, it shows you the cheapest gasstations along the way.
  3. Avoid toll roads as long as they’re convenient but not necessary.

Where will your next road-trip be?