Road Trip Planning Tips

With the summer just a few short months away, many people have road trips planned for the warmer months. A road trip can be a blast and a great way to make some awesome memories. It can also turn into a frenzied ordeal and get ugly real fast. Planning the perfect road trip doesn't have to be a stressful project however, if you follow some of these simple tips and tricks.


The first thing you should do is make sure your car is prepared to make this kind of trek, no matter how many miles you will be covering. Taking your vehicle in for a tune up before you leave can ensure that you won't have any major issues down the road. Another great trip to save yourself some problems is to consider investing in roadside service.


Planning out your trip beforehand and figuring out where you are going to make your stops can be a crucial to way to keep you safe and sane on the road, as well as help manage your time on the way to your destination. Consider bringing along a paper map with you as GPS devices or smartphones can be unreliable out in the middle of nowhere. Picking out specific gas stations and hotels on the hard map is a great way to plan out your trip.


A big key to a successful road trip is to keep your plans loose and not dependent on a structure. These days, construction is arguably the most common thing you will see on a road trip. If you plan on being somewhere at a specific time, be prepared for those plans to fall through. Not setting your structure too tight and giving yourself some flex time on a road trip is huge in cutting down on your stress and getting you to your destination in great time.


Creating a budget for yourself is another excellent key to a successful road trip. Figure out how much your lodging is going to cost you ahead of time and even try and find out an estimate of gas based on your car's MPG and averages you might come across. Another important thing to figure out is what you will be spending on food along the way. Are you bringing lunches on the way, or stopping off for fast food any opportunity you get? Figuring our food prices is important in keeping you under budget.


There are many aspects that factor into a road trip, but following some rules like this can help you have a more successful, and in turn, a more fun road trip.