6 Tips on How to Ensure a Smooth Road Trip


One of my favourite ways to travel is a road trip. Some of my most memorable trips ever have been on the road like our motorbike trip in Norway, the two weeks spent in a campervan in New Zealand or more recently our 7-day road trip in Puglia. Choosing to take a road trip for your next vacation will give you more flexibility and it’ll be an adventure. Here are six tips to ensure you have the most hassle-free, relaxing trip!

Campervan road trip in New Zealand, south island

When planning a road trip, there are many things to take into consideration in order for it to be a success. From packing the right supplies to mapping out your route, there are countless details to keep track of. This blog post will outline some key tips to help make your road trip go smoothly. So sit back, relax, and get ready for an adventure!

Ostuni, dubbed the Città Bianca (White City) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site | A 7-day Road Trip Through Puglia | Mondomulia

1. Choose your destination

This may seem like an obvious first step, but it is important to pick a place that everyone in the car can agree on. Whether you are looking for a scenic route or planning to hit up all the tourist spots, make sure to do your research ahead of time, so there are no surprises along the way. Get inspired with my guide to the top 5 road trip destinations in the world.

Campervan road trip in New Zealand, south island

2. Choose a car

The most essential part of any road trip is the vehicle you will be taking. Make sure to choose a car that is comfortable for everyone and has enough space for all of your belongings. If you’re considering investing in the perfect road trip car altogether, be sure to use a Car finance calculator so you’re certain of what would fit your budget best. It is also important to make sure the car is in good condition before embarking on a long journey. Once you have chosen the perfect vehicle, it is time to hit the open road!

Fiat 500 C S Convertible city car

3. Pack wisely

When packing for a road trip, it is important to pack only the essentials. This way, you will have more space in the car and less to worry about. Be sure to pack snacks and drinks for the drive, as well as any games or books to keep everyone entertained. And of course, don’t forget your camera to document all the memories!

4. Map out your route

One of the most critical aspects of planning a road trip is mapping out your route. Having a trip plan will help you avoid getting lost and will give you an idea of what to expect along the way. Make sure to install the best travel apps on your phone before you depart, they will make your trip easier. Be sure to take into account rest stops, petrol stations, and any attractions you may want to visit. By mapping out your route ahead of time, you can sit back and relax on the drive knowing that everything is taken care of.

Google Maps - best travel apps

5. Plan for the unexpected

Even with the best-laid plans, there is always a chance that something can go wrong on a road trip. So be sure to plan for the unexpected by packing an emergency kit and bringing along your insurance information. This way, if you run into any trouble, you will be prepared to deal with it. Also, be sure to have a backup plan in case you need to change your route or take a detour.

Campervan road trip in New Zealand, south island

6. Prepare some snacks

No road trip is complete without snacks! So be sure to pack some of your favourites so you can munch on them while enjoying the view. And if you get hungry along the way, there are plenty of great restaurants to stop at for a quick bite. Some great snack ideas include chips, pretzels, fruit, and homemade oat bars with nuts & chocolate.

A market stall selling nuts in Tel Aviv, Israel

In conclusion, there are many things to keep in mind when planning a road trip. By following these tips, you can be sure that your trip will go smoothly and everyone will have a great time. So get out there and start exploring!

What are your dream road trip destinations? Let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.

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