Going on your first roadtrip can be exciting – yet difficult all the same; this is especially true if you’ve never been on one, and aren’t sure where to start. Some of us have even come as far as outlining a map – of where we want to go – but have failed to pack our bags. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of everything you need to know before going on a roadtrip – so that you can finally finish off what you started all those years ago.
1. Make Sure That You Equip Yourself With Snacks & Water For The Ride.
No matter whether you choose to take a short trip – or a longer one – there will always be some sort of driving involved; in turn, the last thing you want – while you’re on the road – is to get hungry, or thirsty, on the way to your end destination. Not only that, but this will help hold you over until the next time that you make a stop for food. What many fail to realize, however, is that this serves as a precaution too if an emergency situation were to happen; this can include a variety of things from a broke down car, to a flat tire, and so on.
2. Don’t Forget To Grab A Camera On The Ride!
It can be so easy for us to scoop up all of the necessities, but oftentimes in doing so we forget one of the most important things…the camera; everything else may work to sustain us, but does little to aid in capturing our memories. Fortunately, this can be fixed when you decide on what style snapshot you are going for; old polaroid, digital, etc. Once you’ve figured this out you can be on your way to your new adventure – without the fear of missing out on any of it. Just make sure that you have freed up a significant amount of storage space so that you can take as many pictures as you’d like – and never be afraid of taking too many.
3. Bring Lots Of Friends With You On Your Roadtrip!
One of the most important things to remember – before going on your roadtrip – is your friends; in fact, this should be the one thing that you pack up on the most. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it – and pick an even number of people; four is always a good go-to because then the car isn’t too full, and there’s enough room for everyone’s belongings. Just make sure they are people who you know you’ll enjoy your time with; in other words, the closer the better.
4. Don’t Forget To Bring A Set Of Spare Clothes Along For The Ride.
When doing this, always make sure that you pack according to the weather – and then some; in fact, it’s better to have too much than to have too little; not only that, but you’ll have enough provisions just in case something were to happen to your current set of clothes; fortunately, a light jacket is perfect to bring with you because it can prepare you for a variety of conditions – especially if there ends up being a light rain, or chilly winds, when passing from state to state. All in all, make sure that you grab umbrellas, coats, durable shoes, and whatever else that you might need to fit the climate – and occasion; this includes dressy clothing if you plan on stopping at some nicer places; in other words, plan around your trip.
5. Make Sure That You Pack Medicine For The Ride.
This is essential for those who experience a whole lot of car/motion sickness – which can make for an unbearable ride; when this happens – no matter whether it be to you or someone else – you’ll be able to whip out your car kit, and eliminate the problem right at its source. That’s why it’s so important to create a care package so that you can be ready for minor emergencies. Don’t forget to pack some pain reliever either – just in case one of you happens to get bad migraines. You’re guaranteed to have a lot more fun without the added bonus of a throbbing head.
6. Bring Additional Money In Case Of Any Unexpected Expenses Take Place On Your Trip.
You never know when you might have to pay a toll, or if – and when – you’ll find yourself having to cover the cost of something unexpected. That never makes for a good trip – especially if you don’t have enough money at the time – and someone else in the car ends up having to pay the full price; this can create tension throughout the whole rest of the experience by downing the mood, environment, and/or atmosphere. A better way, however, of going about things would be through taking plans one step further and telling all of the people that you are bringing on the trip with you to save up an extra amount as well – so that if something were to happen you guys could split the cost.
7. Always Be Sure To Bring Pillows And Blankets Along For The Ride.
This is one that you definitely won’t regret – especially if you’re someone who tends to get chilly easily. Not only that, but these items will be helpful during the times when the night grows late – and you searching spots with someone else so that they can drive; in doing so, you’ll have a little downtime to rest your eyes – and recoup – so that you don’t risk the chance of being cranky for the whole next day of your trip.
We hope that this list of everything you need to know before going on a roadtrip helps you to be better prepared – no matter whether it be your first time, second time, or fifteenth time. That’s the best part about roadtrips; there is always something new that can be learned each time. Don’t forget to share – and let us know what you think – in the comments below!
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Whitney is a senior at Missouri State University - majoring in English/Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. In her free time she enjoys freelance writing - and creating content for her blog. She writes to encourage/uplift others - and hopes to one day have her own magazine column.