Preparation is Key
You should find out the best and most direct route to your destination. Plan out your trip ahead of time, and make sure you take some extra time to discover some points of interest along the way. Always keep your gas tank at least half full, so if you do encounter car trouble, or take a wrong turn along your route, you won’t worry about running out of gas.
Plan your Accommodations
No matter what type of roof you would like over your head at night, it’s worth planning your accommodations during your trip. There’s nothing like curling up in a comfortable bed after a long day of driving, so check to see which hotels or motels are along your particular route, and make the reservations ahead of time.
Of course the more adventurous travelers might opt for camping instead, and they should plan accordingly. Shelter doesn’t have to break the bank either, so check out some deals online before you head out on your trip.
Chart your Course
Nothing is worse than heading out on a road trip and encountering bad weather. Since you can’t completely avoid this, there are a few things you can do to prepare for adverse conditions. There are many resources available on the Internet for you to check the roads before you head out on your trip.
I live in Utah, and one thing I always do is check the Utah road conditions. Check with your state Department of Transportation, or your local news stations to discover what resources are out there for you to use.
Budget your Food Expenses
Eating is a necessity, but if you’re eating fast food all the time you may feel sick towards the end of your trip. One thing I like to do, and certainly my kids enjoy it too, is to prepare a few meals ahead of time, and pack them in a cooler that I keep in my car for the trip.
I’ll make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cut up fruits and vegetables, and add a few drinks like juice, chocolate milk and bottled water.
This way, my kids feel like they can snack during the trip, and I know they’re still eating healthy. You’ll also end up keeping more of your hard earned money in your wallet, so you can feel good about buying cheap sunglasses at the gas station and not break the bank.