If you have some time off and want to spend it with your friends and family, a road trip is an excellent way to bond and see new sights. However, it does present some challenges. These are some helpful ways to prepare yourself for a weekend road trip that’ll ensure it’s free of unnecessary hassles or worries.
Check the Equipment
Before you pull out of the driveway, you should ensure your vehicle is in working order. Getting an oil change, checking the tire pressure, and performing any other beneficial maintenance is a good idea before you head out. If you’re going to drive through more rural areas, we recommend getting a signal booster to keep your technology running throughout the trip.
Bring Snacks and Drinks
There’s something about being on the road that makes beef jerky and that giant fountain drink from the gas station taste especially delicious. However, we also recommend having some snacks and drinks in a cooler before you go. Packing a few sandwiches and water bottles for everybody helps fend off hunger and dehydration. One way to get the most out of your cooler is to fill water bottles halfway, freeze them the night before, and fill them up the rest of the way before you leave. This process allows the frozen bottles to keep all your drinks cold on your trip.
Plan for Stops
When you prepare yourself for a weekend road trip, you should have a couple of stops in mind. You don’t have to account for every stop along the way, but it’s a good idea to pick two or three places everybody in the vehicle might enjoy looking or walking around at. Knowing some local landmarks, gas stations, or other sites to pull over keeps the trip engaging and gives everybody a chance to stretch their legs.