With almost the whole of 2020 ending in the shadows of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, travel enthusiasts worldwide are looking forward to a brighter 2021. In the present condition, where public travel restrictions are still in place, it is safer to take a road trip than boarding a flight. A road trip is not only about reaching a destination but also about experiencing adventures, spending time with your close ones, and creating cherishable memories. However, a family road trip comes with many challenges. Your toddler may not endure the long journey, or the aged in your family might need frequent stoppages along the way.
Keeping these issues in mind, here are five tips to help you have a thrilling road trip in 2021.
Choose A Safe Route
First, check the distance to your destination, the available routes, and the driving time on google maps (if you don’t know it already). Select a road that suits your co-passengers as well as your vehicle. Let your family know about the distance so that they don’t get impatient on the way. It is not a good idea to drive through a rough and bumpy road if there are older adults in your car. Select a route that has gas stations, medical facilities, and eateries along the way. Also, do some research on the cell phone network coverage on the routes. In emergencies, spotty cell services can be fatal. Memorize the route directions as a glitch in google maps can leave you stranded in no man’s land.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Your car is the most critical component of your road trip. An everyday passenger vehicle needs several modifications to endure different terrains, long and non-stop trips, and other uncertainties. Car preparation depends on the distance, the number of passengers, road condition, and your budget. Before you plan a long road trip, it is better to test your car with a technician's help.
You need to modify the car extensively if the terrain is rocky, wet, or without proper roads. Your car will need grippier tires with deep tread, wiper blades, and higher ground clearance in such scenarios. Keep an extra tire and emergency repair kit in the car. If the passengers occupy all the space in the car, it is essential to install a roof rack on the car to keep the luggage. You can also mount a hitch on the vehicle to carry accessories like spare tires, bikes, etc.
Pack Essential Items
If you have kids, consult them when you are packing the required items. For toddlers, take stuff that will keep them engaged, like books, crayons, etc. Keep blankets, diapers, and bathing suits for your little ones. You can also carry small bottles and plastic bags as your toddler’s toiletries.
For adults, pack clothes as per the weather of your destination. Pack all the daily medicines and supplements. If you are carrying electronic devices like laptops, video games, and music systems, don’t leave the power adapters at home.
You also need to pack sufficient food for the trip. Take baby food that is easy to feed in the car. Carry chocolates and tasty snacks for kids. If you are taking cooked food, preserve it well for eating it throughout the journey. Carry vegetables and fruits like carrots, oranges, cucumbers, and strawberries. Chips and biscuits go well with everyone. Carry sufficient liquid, and if the weather is cold, carry water in a thermos flask.
Have Entertainment On The Way
Nobody likes a boring road trip. After all, a road trip is all about enjoying the journey. Music and open roads go together quite well, especially if there are enthusiastic people with you. Make a playlist of songs that will suit the occasion. Check your car’s music player before your road trip to ensure it is working properly. You can also tune in to the local radio stations to listen to music that you usually won’t back home.
If there are toddlers, kids, or older people in the car, you may need to change the playlist slightly. Carry travel games, toys, and handheld video games like the Nintendo Switch to keep the kids engaged. For mature people, board games like chess and monopoly can be entertaining. Remember that these entertainment ideas are mainly for the passengers, and if you are driving the car, you should focus on the path ahead.
Stop At Must-Visit Places
A road trip becomes more adventurous with detours. Staying in the car for long can be uncomfortable for some people. Halting at amusing spots can be refreshing, and you also get to see attractive places like waterfalls, parks, gardens, or a site of religious importance. These stops interest kids a lot, and they can have some activities in these places. You can also stop at fuel stations, especially the ones that have dining and toilet facilities. Check maps and plan such pit stops to avoid delays.
You can’t prepare for everything, and a road trip should have some uncertainties to spice up your experience. Take all the precautions, maintain hygiene measures, stay along the way, and be vigilant when you are at the wheel. Have all the necessary documents with you to avoid unnecessary hassles. With all these suggestions in mind, you can enjoy a remarkable road trip in 2021.