A road trip is the classic vacation, isn’t it? No need to stress about plane tickets or visas or extremely detailed itineraries – just you, a few friends, and a full tank of gas. Whether you’re cruising through a desert landscape or rounding one curve after another between dense forest, there’s nothing quite like jumping in a car with some friends to see places you’ve never been before.

 

But that’s not to say there aren’t things to think about before you hop in the car and start driving! Here are just a few things to consider when you’re planning your perfect road trip:

 

  1. Make a plan. But wait, you say. Didn’t you just say there was no need for detailed itineraries? I did, and there isn’t. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a plan! Even if it’s just as simple as where you’re starting, where you’re ending, and where you’re stopping in between, it’s good to have a little structure to your trip.
  2. But be flexible! It’s important to have a plan, but it’s also important to be able to change things when you need to. Whether it’s traffic or bad weather or a last-minute detour to some attraction, you’re probably going to deviate some from your plan. And don’t be afraid to make last minute changes if there’s something you really want to see or visit – you’re in control of your schedule!
  3. Set the right pace. Here’s where it’s important to think about the kind of trip you want. If you’re just looking to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible, your trip will look a lot different than if you want to take it slow and see all the sights along the way, so it’s worth considering.
  4. Pack right. And not just your suitcase. Bringing along your own snacks can save you a lot of money when you don’t end up stopping at a gas station or fast food place along the way, and they’ll probably be a lot healthier, too. Try making your own trail mix or packing some apples or oranges to snack on along the way.
  5. Turn on the radio. Or plug in your own music or queue up a podcast or an audiobook. The possibilities are endless, and really depend a lot on who you’re going with and what kind of mood you want to set. There are lots of great road trip playlists and suggestions out there, so you’re sure to find something you (and your friends) will like.

 

Road trips are a great experience to share with your friends, and they don’t require the same level of planning that a lot of vacations do. But there are still lots of things to consider when you’re planning your trip!

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