Like any traveling, road trips have the potential to be so much fun, especially if you’re excited about the destination you’re traveling to. At the same time, if you’re anticipating a 14 hour drive to get to your destination, or you know that your next week of life means a lot of time in transit and a lot more time figuring out what to do to entertain yourself, you might not be able to see the fun in the whole idea.
In the end, the experience is what you make of it, so even if you’re traveling on business, you’re driving cross-country to go to a meeting you have no interest sitting through, or you’re driving because you just need to get away, you can make the most out of your trip if you just try a little bit. If you’re planning a road trip, there are a few things you should take care of before you leave to ensure that things stay in working order. Don’t have any idea what that means? Well, here’s a road trip to do list for you:
Service the Things
Road trips are nice because they don’t have any sort of time limit on them. If you want to take off in the car and be gone for a month, that’s doable because you can pack everything you need in the car, you can take off, get to where you’re going, drive anywhere you need to be, and you don’t have the constraint of a plane ticket to tell you you have to be back home within a certain time frame.
With this being said, it’s important that you service the things that need to be serviced before you take off on your adventures. Get your car looked at, fix the things around the house that need to be fixed in order for things to not go horrible wrong while you’re gone, i.e., the refrigerator, the garage door opener, the alarm system…and once you’ve taken care of those things you can take off without a care in the world but the open road.
Pack the Things
Road trips are different than other kinds of trips because you don’t have to worry about packing light, necessarily because you aren’t paying to have things checked. Of course, carrying around too much gear is a pain, but you never know when you’ll need something, so if you have the room in your rig, why not bring it?
This could apply to a tent or hammock so you can stop and set up when you see a beautiful vista you want to stare at for a while, or this could just mean that you literally just bring your clothing and toiletries. In the end, packing is necessity on the to-do list so don’t forget to get it done!