4 Tips To Prepare For a Long Trip

4 Tips To Prepare For a Long Trip

4 Tips To Prepare For a Long Trip

Before embarking on a long road trip, it is important that the driver, passengers and the vehicle are prepared for what lies ahead. If you plan on using a rental vehicle for your holiday trip, make sure you compare car hire companies and what they offer and include in the package you choose – you want to be comfortable behind the wheel and don’t need any nasty surprises. Checking that the car is in good running condition is an important factor, so go over the vehicle before setting off. Mechanical issues shouldn’t be a problem – car hire companies are very good at looking after their vehicles and all get their regular car service – but there are other things you can do to make the journey more comfortable for everyone on board.

Plan your route

It may sound obvious, but working out how to arrive at your destination is crucial – particularly if it is somewhere you have never been. There can often be different routes to take and the exact roads you travel are going to depend on the experiences you hope to have along the way. If it a casual drive and time is no factor, then perhaps the scenic route is best. But if you are pressed for time then the most direct route is going to be the most appropriate. Plan your fuel stops, places to rest and switch drivers regularly to avoid fatigue. A satellite navigation system is a handy item as well but maps are also a good idea.

Pack the car carefully

Regardless of whether you have only a couple of small bags or several large suitcases, packing the car can be a challenge. You need to be able to get to the important things quickly without having to empty the boot to find them. Put as much of the gear in the boot or back of the car as possible to leave the cabin free of clutter and obstructions.

Be prepared for breakdowns

Sometimes bad roads, bad weather or just bad luck can cause you to be stuck by the side of the road. So it is important that you are prepared for anything unforeseen – even if you are behind the wheel of a hire car. A charged mobile phone is going to be your best tool. The car hire company should give you a number to call in case of trouble, so don’t hesitate to ring it if something happens. Don’t try to fix something you aren’t sure about either – it’s best to leave it to the experts. A flat tyre, however, should be changed and the car hire company contacted as soon as possible to organise the flat to be repaired.

Boredom busters

If you are travelling with young children then you know they are going to get restless on long trips, so it’s always a good idea to pack some boredom busters. A portable DVD player is a sound investment, but make sure motion sickness isn’t a big issue. Make use of headphones so the driver doesn’t get distracted while the kids are watching a movie. Take music for a sing-along, or buy some magnetic board games that are readily available from places such as newsagencies. If the kids have a handheld gaming system, bring that. The best thing you can do to relieve the boredom, however, is by making the trip interesting and planning lots of stops. 

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