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How To Have A Better Road Trip Experience

How To Have A Better Road Trip Experience

Enjoying road trip. Rear view of young happy people enjoying road trip in their convertible and raising their arms up

One idea if you’re looking to get away is to head out on a road trip. It’s a great opportunity to explore new places and have some quality time with your passengers.

It doesn’t mean you should just hop in your car and wing it. Instead, there are actions you can take that will help you to have a better road trip experience. Here you can review some ideas that will point you in the right direction.

Choose A Destination & Have A Plan

One idea is to spend some time choosing the right destination for you and your passengers. Decide where you want to go and what you want to do in advance. For example, you may want to have a beach vacation or maybe you’re someone who likes a more adventurous trip. Either way, have a plan and figure out where you want to ultimately end up. It will help to have a map with you so you know where you are going at all times.

Use A Reliable Vehicle

You’re also going to want to make sure that you have a reliable vehicle to drive on your road trip. Now is a good time to take it to a mechanic and have them look over your car. The last situation you want is to have your car break down while you’re on your road trip. Follow through with all regular maintenance tasks to ensure your car will run smoothly. Keep in mind that you can always rent a car if yours isn’t up for the challenge.

Follow the Rules of the Road

You can have a better road trip experience when you drive safely. Follow the rules of the road and make sure you know the speed limit as you travel along. Be a defensive driver and be aware of your surroundings. Should you get into an accident, then you’re going to want to contact a car accident lawyer right away. They can evaluate your case and answer any questions you have. It’s possible that you deserve compensation for the accident and they can help you secure this for you.

Map Out Stops

Boat to Lugano-Centrale
From our two-week road trip that spanned three countries: Germany-ItalySwitzerland

You should also take the time to plan your route. There may be different options for getting to your final destination and you should know what these are. For example, there may be more direct routes or a more scenic way you want to take. You’re going to want to map out some stops so that you can rest and regroup. It’s also a chance to do some sightseeing as you travel along the open road. Determine where and how often you want to stop on your road trip in advance.

Pack Healthy Food, Snacks & Water

You aren’t going to want to stop too many times on your road trip. Therefore, you should be sure to pack healthy food, a variety of snacks, and water to stay hydrated. Keeping hydrated on your road trip will allow you to have more natural energy. This way you will have access to these items right in your car and you can avoid feeling hungry. It will also help you skip fast food stops which can make you feel sluggish. Some ideas for what snacks to bring are beef jerky, popcorn, and trail mix. 

Have an Emergency Kit with You

You never know when you may get into an unfortunate situation on your road trip. That’s why you should always pack some emergency items with you. You don’t want to get stranded and not have the right supplies handy. For example, you should have blankets, Band-Aids, a flashlight, and a portable phone charger. This will allow you to stay safe if your car breaks down or you get lost on your road trip. 

Bring A Good Camera

Have a better road trip experience by documenting your travels. One idea is to pack a good camera that you can use to capture special moments along the way. It’s especially important to have a camera if you’ll be making some stops at particular landmarks. You’ll want to have these memories that you can look back on in the future. You may also want to print out some pictures and hang them up at home.

Make Sure You Are Well-Rested

Driving long distances can take a toll on you as you travel along. You’re going to want to make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before you depart. You may also want to make rest stops along the way and switch drivers. Another idea is to book a hotel and stay overnight on your road trip so you can rest and regroup. It’s important that you keep yourself alert by chewing gum, opening a window, and sitting up straight. This will help you avoid feeling tired as the driver in charge of the wheel. 

Pack Light

You want to make sure that you have plenty of legroom on your road trip. Ideally, you should plan to pack light and only bring what is necessary. It will help if you create a packing list before you leave so you know you have the essentials with you. This way you will have more room in the car to spread out and enjoy yourselves. Your goal is to make your travels and the road trip as stress-free as possible.

Keep Passengers Entertained

You may be traveling with your family or friends. In either case, you will want to make sure that you work together to keep the passengers entertained. For example, you can bring books, puzzles, and other games that will help kill some time. There are also plenty of road trip games you can play by looking out the window. You want to avoid getting into arguments or you and the passengers becoming restless on your road trip. 


These are some ideas and ways for how you can have a better road trip experience. It will be more enjoyable for you and your passengers when you plan and prepare in advance. These are some tips and ideas to help get you started thinking about what you will need to do before you depart. 

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona, originally from Cebu, Philippines, had live in Hanoi, Vietnam, and now currently based in Munich, Germany. This blog used to house thoughts on life and books, but eventually it morphed into a travel blog. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. For essays, creative nonfiction, and others, find me elsewhere.

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