Alright! You’ve scheduled time off from work, you’ve found a dog-sitter for your little buddy, and you’ve saved enough gas to be somewhat irresponsible with it. What’s this mean?
It means you are ready to take to the road with your friends for the most epic road trip ever imagined.
But let’s make sure you’ve taken care of the important matters before you end up stranded on the side of the road drinking your sweat and scouring for protein by eating the dung beetle crawling up your leg.
Four Simple Steps to Ensure a Fun and Safe Journey
The most important step in preparing for your road trip is to make sure your car is in tip-top shape to endure the journey ahead. Taking your car in for a tune-up will decrease the chances that a majority of your road trip will be spent in a hotel room waiting for a call from the mechanic.
Changing your oil, testing your lights and windshield wipers, rotating or replacing your tires (if necessary), and checking your brakes are all “must-dos” before you hit the road.
Choosing your destination is important as well when planning your road trip. Although the journey rather than the destination is the most important narrative to any cross-country adventure, it’s important to have an endpoint.
Wandering aimlessly is exciting but it can also come with challenges and difficulties that you will want to avoid. Having a destination gives you a goal and forces you to plan a route before setting off.
Planning a route can be laborious if you are the “fly by the seat of my pants” type but don’t underestimate its importance. Feel free to take a detour through the mountains or along the coast rather than staying on the highway.
After all, a unique and new view is one of the main reasons to take a road trip. Just make sure you always have a general idea of where you are in relation to those highways. If you were to ever get lost, having a reference point can help you get back on track.
Finally, make sure you have plenty of entertaining distractions to accompany you and your road-trip crew. Whether it’s the latest album release from your favorite singer/band, or a quite crossword puzzle, make sure you are prepared.
Even the Quiet Game has a place on road trips. There will be some downtime during your expedition. But hopefully not too much.
Have Fun But Always Be Smart
Road trips are a blast and make for some great memories as well as photos. Taking a trip haphazardly is exciting but wisdom and responsibility must be adhered to in regard to visiting unknown places and meeting strangers.
Don’t stop for hitchhikers, and don’t take rides in other vehicles if by any chance you need to. It’s not worth the risk.
But you know what IS worth the risk? Jamming out to Miley Cyrus’s Party in the USA. Doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are, it’s not a road trip unless this iconic song is blaring through your speakers while you and your friends scream from the top of your lungs.