I feel like road trips are perceived as a rite of passage in a way. It’s something everyone should be privy to experiencing at some point in our lives, and it can allow for the development of significant memories and experiences, too.
That being said, road trips aren’t so fun if you’re not properly prepared. I’m actually writing this as my mom, dad and I drive to Cleveland, Ohio, for a few days, and the drive prompted me to consider what exactly is involved in ensuring a road trip is a success.
First, make sure your vehicle is ready to go. You certainly don’t want to start your trip off with having to call a tow truck, or potentially losing a day or so if your vehicle needs major repairs for something that was overlooked. Double-check that things are up to par to avoid any unfortunate surprises upon leaving.
Second, ensure you yourself are ready to go. Try to avoid leaving packing to the last minute because rushing and packing a suitcase don’t exactly compliment each other, and make a list well in advance of leaving outlining everything you need to bring so it makes packing as simplified as possible.
Third, think about what sorts of supplies you need to bring with you to make sure your trip is as smooth as possible. Pack a variety of snacks and nibbles, drinks, a pillow, a blanket, a good book, and maybe a laptop or some sort of electronic device that can be used to distract you when it seems like the interstate is never-ending.
Lastly, dress comfortably. Embarking on a road trip doesn’t require a Paris Fashion Week outfit, and if you’re dressed in something that isn’t cozy, you won’t be cozy, either.
Road trips, when you’re prepared, are pretty cool. Plan ahead to make your drive as hiccup-free as possible.