Every day, people travel from one place to another without realizing how much of an accomplishment it is. How successful your daily road trips are is owed to your careful planning. It’s the kind of feat that you should take a moment to sit and appreciate, but business calls.
When you do get to road trip on your own time, plan it as you would for work. This may be considered to be stressful, but it’s necessary to get your priorities straightened out. In this way you are taking care of your own personal wellness, insuring a smooth trip and reducing stress overall. And, once you’ve overcome this phase, the new horizons you find will be all the sweeter. That’s why this article is going to give you four simple ways to plan your road trip for success.
Plan Your Route
The moment you have a destination in mind is the time to decide if it’s route is drivable. Chances are you may have access to a GPS, but these can sometimes lead you astray.
Go over the route to and from your destination so you’re prepared to make your own travel adjustments. Check if your intended route has any road construction on it. You might have to use a rural back road, and those have lower speed limits that can delay your arrival. Rest stops can be every couple of miles, or at your convenience.
The nightmare scenario for every road trip is having your car break down miles from civilization. Be it cross-country or interstate, the long haul is going to depend on your car’s health.
Bring your vehicle into your most trusted mechanic for an inspection and oil change. Ask the mechanic for the amount of mileage your car can go without wearing down the engine. If you don’t have a spare tire on your car, then get one in case of a blowout. It also helps to be a AAA member.
Let’s say you’re going to Memphis, Tennessee to shop for a new house. Wouldn’t it make sense to call a Memphis real estate agent weeks ahead to schedule an appointment?
Calling ahead can keep you on your toes knowing that someone expects your business when you arrive. This is true if you plan to stay overnight at a hotel, and don’t want to scrap for any available room. Before you visit local attractions, check to see if you need to buy tickets. In the case of free admission, ask for hours of operation.
Journeys of any length mean having enough supplies to get you there and back. Packing light emphasizes the bare necessities while making room for the stuff you bring back.
Clothing should be limited to what you have on, plus what you need for the days of your trip. Basic self-care needs like toiletries, deodorants, and shampoos are offered by hotels, but it never hurts to pack them anyway. Keep a small cooler on hand with beverages and snacks for the long ride. Entertainment options should be portable and low maintenance. Just don’t forget the phone chargers.
Also in your light pack, don’t forget any supplements or medications you may need. Additionally, keeping within your own wellness routines will help you to enjoy the trip more and reduce risk of illness or unnecessary personal challenges.
With these 4 elements in mind, you should be able to focus more on the most important part of your trip: Enjoying it!
Wendy Love Edge