Going on a long distance driving trip can be a lot of fun, and result in many memories that could never be made any other way. If you have only a very limited amount of time for your vacation, it might be better to take a plane to your destination, rather than drive, as driving does take up a lot of time. However, if you have plenty of time, driving across the country can result in experiences you may otherwise never get the chance to do. The great thing about driving to your vacation spot and back, is that you will pass by many places that you can stop and experience on the way. Road trips are the best way to see many areas of the country, such as the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore.
If you have decided to take a long distance road trip, there are a few things that you can do to prepare that will make your trip more enjoyable and affordable. The first thing you want to do is make sure your car is in tip top shape and can handle the trip. Have the tires rotated and balanced, get the oil changed, make sure to carry extra oil and wiper fluid, just in case. Check to make sure you have a spare tire, a jack, and all the tools necessary to change a tire if it should happen to be necessary. The last thing you want to do is get a flat tire in the middle of nowhere and not be able to change it. Finally, make sure you have your registration, proof of car insurance, driver’s license, and Triple A card if applicable. In case you get pulled over or have an accident, you want to be sure and have the necessary documentation to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
If you are traveling with small children, you need to be aware that they will most likely not enjoy the scenery for hours and hours as you might. They will need some entertainment between stops. If you do not have a built in DVD player, it might be a good idea to borrow or buy a portable DVD player for each child. You can also buy travel games, if you are travelling with more than one child. Don’t forget to pack a lot of snacks. Your kids will get hungry, and hungry generally means irritable. Irritable is not an emotion you want on a long distance road trip with you.
There are two ways to approach a road trip. You can either plan everything out in a very organized schedule, or you can head out with no plan at all. The advantage to planning everything out is that you always know where you need to be when, and you are sure to do everything you had wanted to. The advantage of not having a plan is that you may end up doing things you really enjoy that you would have never planned on. It can also feel much more like an adventure if you head out without a plan. Just be prepared to spend a night in the car if you can’t find a hotel with a vacancy! Road tripping is one of the best ways to spend a vacation, and every one should do it at least once in their life.