Are you planning a big cross-country road trip? Preparing for one can be overwhelming, but there are some things you need to do before hitting the open road. Let’s take a look at what you should prepare for in order to have an enjoyable and safe journey.
Make sure you have a map of the state or country
If you don’t have a smartphone, make sure to bring paper maps or an atlas.
It is important that every member of the family knows exactly where they are going and how long it will take them to get there. For example, if you want a place to stay in Joshua Tree, you should know that it is nearly five hours away from San Francisco. This can be achieved by using Route Advisor’s trip planning tools. They offer accurate directions for road trips along with estimated travel times between multiple destinations.
You can even choose which highways you would like to drive on depending on your preference (higher speed limit vs scenic views). It is also recommended that each person brings their own GPS device so no one has to fight over who gets control of the radio. Make sure to download a GPS app if you don’t already have one, this way no one has to fight over who gets control of the radio.
Pack snacks for the road
It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of your road trip that you forget to stop and grab some food. It’s important to have snacks on hand at all times, especially if you are driving for more than a few hours. Make a list of healthy foods that everyone will enjoy snacking on during the journey. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, and high-fiber bars or cereals. You can even pack individual bags of chips or pretzels for them!
If there is an emergency situation where someone gets car sick while they’re behind the wheel it might be helpful to keep some extra-large garbage bags under their seat just in case…
Bring games to keep you occupied on long car rides
If you’re driving through the desert, playing car games is a good way to pass the time and keep everyone entertained. You can play classic road trip games like I Spy or Twenty Questions if you feel like taking turns at the wheel (or maybe singing along with your favorite radio station). If someone in your group gets carsick it might be helpful to bring some movies with them as well, just in case they need something that isn’t quite so stimulating.
Make sure every family member has their own set of headphones too – this will help cut down on potential fights about what songs should be played next. Another excellent idea is bringing an audiobook for those long stretches where there aren’t many interesting things going on around you…
Have your phone fully charged before leaving so that you can take pictures and call if necessary
It is always a good idea to carry extra batteries just in case you need them. Battery problems can lead to breakdowns, which can be difficult to get out of if you’re in the middle of nowhere. Make sure that every member has a fully charged phone (or at least one with an extra battery) before leaving on your trip so that they are able to call for help or take pictures while you drive through world-famous landmarks like Big Sur and Death Valley.
Keep an eye on gas levels
Fill up when needed and make sure that there is at least a quarter tank left before you reach your destination. This will ensure that you don’t get stuck on the side of the road with no fuel and nowhere to turn. Gas stations are not always easy to find in rural areas so it might be best to plan ahead and fill up before you leave town.
If driving through mountains, be aware of steep inclines and sharp turns
Slow down as needed when driving through steep hills to avoid skidding or getting into an accident. It is recommended that you come to a complete stop at the top and bottom of every hill, just in case there’s another car on the road who wasn’t expecting you! Pay special attention to sharp turns as well – it is easy for cars behind you not to see these coming up until it’s too late… It’s best to be prepared for anything when you’re on the road.
If you’re looking to explore the USA or any other country for that matter, it’s important to have a map of your destination so you don’t get lost. Pack snacks in case long hours on the road leave you hungry and bring games with you to keep yourself occupied during those long car rides. We hope that these tips help you when planning for your next big road trip!