During the pandemic, many individuals may not feel comfortable getting on an airplane. However, many still want to travel. Perhaps a road trip can be the answer. Road trips allow you to see what is between your home and destination, something that hopping on a plane doesn’t, but it is essential to have the best plan in place before you hit the road.
First off, where do you want to go?
This is the most important question. Start with your end destination. For example, say someone who lives in Washington State wants to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Start with your basic questions:
- How much time can I spend on the road?
- How long will it take to get to my end destination?
- What are my route options?
- What am I interested in seeing?
- Is everything open that I am interested in seeing?
- Do I want to rent a car or use my own car?
Once you answer those questions, you can begin your planning.
Grab the basics for your vehicle
It doesn’t matter if you are renting a car or using your own, it is good to have the basics in the car for your road trip.
- Food and water
- Owner’s manual
- Spare tire & roadside kit
- Cell phone charger
- Small trash bag
Adding comfort to your road trip
Comfort can come in many ways. From wearing comfortable clothes & shoes to having snacks. We will share below some items that can bring comfort to a long drive.
- Good music playlist. Whether you create it on your phone or pack a bunch of CDs, music makes a comfortable drive. Not a music fan? What about an audio book?
- Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. Obviously this is more important than ever with COVID-19, but having access to clean hands brings comfort.
- Cash. Sometimes you will come across a vendor who only accepts cash. Sometimes there are tolls you have to pass that require cash. This is always good to have on hand.
- Snacks – pack your favorites!
- Sunglasses & sunscreen
- First Aid Kit
- Cooler – this allows you to bring a variety of food choices. Especially if you don’t want to eat out every meal, packing your own meals brings safety and routine to your diet.
- Camera & camera charger (unless you use your phone for photos!)
Another common question – if I am renting a car, do I need to purchase their insurance policy?
This choice is up to you. Your auto insurance coverage would cover anything on your rental car that is covered on your personal car. Comprehensive and collision insurance is a required coverage on rental cars. If your current auto insurance coverage does not have comprehensive and collision coverage, you will need to purchase that coverage. Also, consider roadside assistance if you plan to be in an area unfamiliar to you.
What else should I know about creating the best road trip?
This may sound silly, but keep your head up and enjoy the scenery. If you are sitting in the passenger seat, it is easy to scroll through your phone instead, but sometimes the gems along the route are better than the destination.
Also, it may be fun to keep a journal of all the details of your trip. Especially if you are a fan of scrapbooking your trips, you’ll remember all the little memories that may be easy to forget.
Lastly, do some research. If you are a foodie, research the best places to eat on your route. Whether it is a simple Google search or looking at Yelp, it is easy to find tasty food.