If your journey takes you somewhere that means a long road trip, or perhaps your journey IS a long road trip, then you may be looking for some advice on how to cope with the long journey. Here are our long road trip tips and tricks!
Tips for Long Road Trips
When you’re heading out on a long road journey, it can sometimes feel overwhelming when you first put the trip into a sat nav and the hours/days pop up. With so much road ahead, it can be handy to have an action plan in place to help cope through the long hours of driving, and that’s where our long road trip tips come in to play! Check them out.
Plan out rest breaks before you leave!
If you know the route you’re taking, you can play out the places to stop in advance. Think about points of interest, tourist locations, restaurants or cafes along the way, and make even more of an adventure out of your road trip! Not only will this break up the long drives, it will also add another layer of fun and action to the trip!
Get plenty of sleep each night.
If you’ve got a long drive ahead of you, or you’re doing multiple days of driving, then sleep is absolutely vital to both the quality and the safety of your road trip! Tiredness can kill when it comes to driving, so please make sure to plan out enough time at home, or in a hotel to catch those all important zzz’s before you head back into your car.
Take it in turns.
If there’s multiple people in the car who can drive, it’s both fair and far safer to take it in turns to be the driver/passenger. Especially on those longer days of driving, where perhaps you don’t have as much chance to stop somewhere for sleep. One of you can rest/sleep while the other drives.
Make a playlist.
Before you head out on your road trip adventure, make sure to put together an epic playlist.
Putting a list of yours and your family/friends’ favourite songs that make you all feel amazing, is a sure way to add some joy to the journey. Pop on the playlist and have a little car party/singalong. Everyone loves a car karaoke, don’t they?!
Pack LOTS of snacks.
No one likes to be hungry, especially someone stuck in a car for hours. Make sure to pack a whole array of snacks for everyone in the car. Don’t just fill it out with sweets either. You’ll eventually get tired of sweets (or feel sick haha), and want something more substantial, so maybe some pasta, sandwiches, veggies and fruit as well as the obvious sweets, chocolate and crisps!
You’ll get SO many more miles when you come prepared food wise!
Hydration, hydration, hydration.
On a similar note to the snack section, it’s important you stay hydrated on long journeys (well always!).
Make sure you’ve had a good drink before you head out, but also pack plenty of water/juice/coffee/tea for the journey too! Flasks are a godsend! it’s so easy to fall into the trap of forgetting, and then ending up with a huge, and very badly timed headache! No one wants a road trip with a headache!
Find petrol stations on route.
When you know your route, it’s important to plan out where you may need to stop for fuel. No one, and I mean no one wants to run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere, in a place you don’t know at all! So make sure you know how much fuel you’ll have, and where you’ll be getting it from if you need it!
Whether it’s a book/audiobook or netflix streaming for you, or some toys and colouring if you have children, you want to come prepared for when that guaranteed boredom hits.
Even with the excitement of travel and a new journey, if it’s a long time in the car it will get to a point where boredom sets in and you need something to distract you from the time left on the clock. So make sure to pack some distractions.
Think of the ‘what ifs’.
While we obviously don’t want to live in fear, it’s wise to plan a few things in case we are unable to, for example, find a toilet! You could take along your kids’ potty, or you could invest in something like a she-wee, which will help women discreetly go in a bush, like men get the ease of!
You can also buy a camping toilet, which would be a godsend in a desperate, car situation!
Other great things to consider are whether you may need a first aid kit, the car recovery numbers or some super apps to help tell you where the nearest public loo or playground are!
So there are a few tips for your long road trip! Make sure to enjoy the sights along the way, especially if your entire experience is the road trip itself!! Remember to really drink in those moments. It can feel boring at the time, but you’ll look back on little snippets and it will feel wonderful!
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