Road Trip Vacation Planning Tips
If you are going on a road trip vacation, planning is important. Taking the time in advance to plan will help make your vacation enjoyable and stress-free.
Set a BudgetPlanning a budget first will help when planning the itinerary and will prevent over-spending. You'll need to budget for:
- Food and Entertainment
- Miscellaneous, such as souvenirs
Decide how much you will have to spend in each category. If you need to adjust some categories to make the totals match, do so.
Map a Route
Gather maps and atlases to plan your route. While interstates are faster, smaller highways can be more interesting. Decide how far you can drive per day and allow extra time. Weather and construction can slow you down.Check with the state department of transportation for road construction in progress, so you can avoid those areas. You should plan on frequent breaks in the schedule so the drive won't be so tiring.
Allow Extra Time
Nothing will take the enjoyment out of a vacation quicker than that "rushed" feeling. Be realistic about time constraints; allow plenty of time to enjoy each stop.Don't try to see everything in one trip; save something for the next time. You shouldn't feel like every moment should be planned. Leave some room for a spontaneous side trip.
Plan for Emergencies
While you hope nothing unforeseen happens, it's better to be prepared in case it does:
- Have all car maintenance up to date.
- Understand all lodging cancellation requirements.
- Let friends and relatives know your itinerary and how to contact you.
- Take a copy of your automobile insurance policy with you.
- Pack the names and phone number of the family doctor.
Plan Car Activities
For long drives, plan car activities to keep everyone entertained, such as:
- Watch movies on DVD
- Play car games
- Read books aloud
- Bring pillows for a comfortable nap
The night before the trip will be less hectic if you have planned what to pack. Be careful not to over pack, take only what you need. You can always do laundry on the road if necessary. Take snacks, especially healthy ones, to save on gas stop cravings.
Make a Memorable Toad Trip
With a little advance preparation, that road trip can be one you will remember for a long time, whether it's a couples' getaway or a family vacation. Take the stress out of the trip and enjoy the ride!