5 Tips For A Great Road Trip

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

There's nothing quite like the thrill of a road trip, whether in summer with the windows down or in the fall when you can see the panoramic glory of changing leaves. Be it a day trip to a National Park or a week-long vacation across the country, the call of the open road is unmistakable.

If you're longing to take a road trip, a little planning ahead of time goes a long way toward making your trip the best it can be. Is your current vehicle tuned up and ready to go? Or maybe you're looking for a new Ford for sale first. Regardless of the car you have, here are five universal tips for getting the most out of your road trip.

1. Stock Up on Snacks

Packing a mix of nonperishable and healthy snacks allows you to munch on the drive. While chips and crumbly crackers are tempting, you might want to save those for picnic lunch stops. Fresh veggies, like carrot sticks or celery, can give you an energy boost, and protein-rich sources like cheese sticks or jerky can keep you going.

Plus, don't forget the granola bars—always a staple for road trips, especially if you're traveling with kids.

2. Stay Hydrated

Bring plenty of drinking water and other beverages (non-alcoholic while driving), so you can stay hydrated on your trip. Caffeinated drinks might help you stay alert, but they can also increase dehydration if you don't supplement them with water and other nourishing drinks.

You'll have to make pit stops for gas and bathroom breaks anyway, so make sure everyone has enough to drink as you enjoy the drive.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Drowsy driving is one of the biggest risks of car accidents. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your trip, and if you're driving for multiple days, aim to get a good few hours of rest each night.

Rest stops are a great place to get out and stretch your legs, and if you're feeling tired and the caffeine isn't helping, try parking and taking a quick power nap to help you stay alert. You can also chew gum to help keep the blood circulation going and give yourself something to do if you're feeling tired. Still, nothing beats a solid night's sleep, so get that beauty rest.

4. Plan Your Route

Have a destination in mind before you start. Even if you want to just enjoy the drive, knowing your endpoint — no matter how many detours you plan to take — gives you a reference point to aim for.

Plus, planning ahead allows you to check if there are any road closures or construction you want to avoid on your trip.

5. Pack Smart

Whether it's one day or several, pack the necessities. Make sure you bring phone chargers, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and all your necessary documents, such as vehicle registration, insurance, and driver's license.

If you're traveling in chillier weather, toss a blanket or two in the trunk and bring extra hats and gloves to stay warm.

Plan a Great Road Trip Today!

Ready to plan your next road trip? Make a list and check it twice before you start, so you can have a great trip. Drive safe and enjoy the ride!

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