5 practical tips for the perfect road trip

Posted by Adrian Brown on 27 October 2020

Planning the logistics of a road trip can be time consuming.

However, nothing beats a car filled to the brim with luggage and happy people, taking in the open road. A great road trip will create memories for life.

Here are five tips to make your road trip a comfortable and successful journey.

5 practical tips for the perfect road trip

Hitting the road is one big adventure.

1. Get plenty of sleep before you travel

If you are the driver or one of the drivers, it is important to get proper sleep. Get at least seven hours of sleep for two consecutive nights before the road trip to build up your energy reserves that will ensure optimal concentration.

It’s best to start driving early in the morning after a good night’s sleep, not after a long, tiring day of work to make sure you are fresh and alert. Research has shown that driving when tired can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

2. Stay hydrated

Keep the water supply well-stocked. While you may have to make several stops, taking in enough fluids will keep you hydrated, which helps to avoid becoming lethargic. Water is best, but some road trippers like sugary or caffeinated drinks for an extra energy boost.

3. Always keep the first aid kit stocked

When driving a car, your first aid kit does not only consist of plasters and tweezers. Make sure you have other essentials too. A spare tyre, jumper cables, basic tools, a space blanket and flashlight are among the items that should be in a car’s kit. Anything can happen on the road and you are safer when you are prepared.

4. Navigation

It is important to have the correct address of your destination. Make sure you download the directions and you are able to access them offline, should the need arise. You can even go old school and take a physical map to avoid getting lost.

5. Plan your rest stops

Get out of your car and stretch your legs every two hours or so. This increases blood flow and gives your eyes a chance to rest too. Plan your stops, whether they fall over mealtimes or are timed to let you view interesting places along the way. This means that you need to familiarise yourself with the route before traveling so you know exactly where to stop.


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