10 Road Trip Hacks That Will Make Your Travels Better
Road tripping is an international pastime, whether it be a day trip or a longer haul. Be it a means to an end or a soul-searching hejira. Everyone, at some point, has probably found themselves barreling down the road on one of these journeys. While they’re good fun for the most part, they can get pretty ugly, especially if you haven’t done adequate prep.
Not to worry. Here’s a list of the 10 best road trip hacks that will help ensure safe and happy travels.
1) Safety First
Do you have a first aid kit in your ride? Get one. You can hope to your heart’s content that it goes unused, but road trips abound with adventure, so at the very least, a band-aid or two will probably be necessary at some point.
2) Prioritize Rest
Tired driving is responsible for as many deaths as impaired driving, so it doesn’t matter how quickly you want to get to your destination, make sure you make time for sleep. Not just broken, bobble-headed sleep in the passenger sleep. REAL, consecutive sleep.
3) Prep for Mess
Listen, you’re going to be spending hours in your car, and things are going to get messy. Really messy. No matter how often you dump your trash at rest stops, chances are, junk is going to accumulate and spills are going to happen. If you want to minimize the wear and tear on your ride, get an air tight garbage disposal to keep your cramped quarters fresh and clean, and invest in seat covers for everyday driving to preserve your upholstery. The covers can be taken out and washed. Your upholstery can’t.
4) Pack Light
You have grand visions for your trip, but chances are, you won’t need the three evening gowns you packed. Space is a huge commodity, so don’t weigh the good times down with extra baggage.
Air in the car can get dry and stale, especially if you are driving with windows up in extreme conditions. Bathroom breaks be damned, bring a fresh water supply and make staying hydrated a top priority. Keeping yourself replenished will help keep you focused and driving safely.
6) Stretch Your Legs
You’ve probably heard it before: sitting is the new smoking, and when you’re on the road, you’re sitting a lot. Make sure to make regular stops every couple of hours to get out, stand up, and move about. Even if it’s just for five minutes. You’re body and mind will feel better for it.
7) Eat Well
A constant diet of fast food doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) the staple of any road trip. Bring healthy snacks, like nuts, fruit and veggies to keep you satiated and from making too many poor food choices. Pack perishables in a cooler. You can always stop to fill up on ice. Eating well, combined with a little exercise, will also keep things moving in the…ahem…bowel region.And this is super important for overall health.
8) Be Budget Friendly
And speaking of food, you’ll probably pass countless grocery stores. Buy as many meals as you can there to save money. No one is saying to forsake Maud’s Crab Shack, but you don’t have to drop serious coin for every meal.
9) Cruise Control
After you’ve been driving for awhile, it can be easy to forget to monitor your speed. Using cruise control on highways is a great way to avoid tickets, and also save on gas.
10) Bring Maps
Yeah, yeah. You have a GPS that’s so advanced in can braid your hair from space. Well guess what? Sometimes technology fails. Sometimes your cell reception can be sketchy. Go old school and bring maps, just in case. They’re also a great way to get a handle on (and appreciate) the landscape around you. You’ll learn something new. Something you haven’t learned from staring at a screen.