Don’t let the traditional British weather outside fool you – we’re about to enter the heart of summer, road trip season!
Taking a road trip with your friends is something that everyone should do at least once in their life, whether they’re off to visit friends that have moved away from home, travelling to a gig or sporting event, or even just wanting to see new parts of the country.
However, if you are a first time road-tripper, it’s vitally important to remember the essentials! Not even sure what the essentials are? Good job you’re reading this!
Map (digital or otherwise…)
Even if you’re fully confident of your orienteering skills and think you can reach your destination without any bother, you’ll want one of these. After all, if you’re travelling with your friends consulting a map or SatNav and having it keep you right is going to be a lot less embarrassing than admitting you’re lost.
For the most part SatNavs are pretty darn handy (although use a bit of common sense and don’t take everything it says at complete face value like these guys), but if you don’t have one, maps are still a good shout.
Make sure you have a guide in the passenger seat to make use of it though, and make sure that they know how to read one!
Okay, so pretty much everyone and their Gran has a mobile phone these days, but that doesn’t mean they don’t run out of battery.
Anyone who’s ever had to travel long distances will be quick to let you know how easily most modern phones can run out of battery, so make sure you’ve got a charger that fits every phone you’ve got on the trip which can work through your car. Better safe than sorry if you break down!
A worthy playlist
Hey, don’t knock the importance of a good playlist when you’re out on the open road. Forget the Top 40 though, you need tried and tested rock anthems. A selection that we personally give our thumbs-up to is right here, if you need some inspiration!
It’s worth remembering that you’re not exactly going to be passing shops every other minute once you’re out on the motorway.
To appease backseat passengers (and to deal with the obvious issues of hydration that summer driving can cause) make sure you’ve got a hearty selection of snacks and water/juice in the car with you at all times. We guarantee it’ll come in handy on more than a few occasions!
You’d think it’d be a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who plan something like a road trip without actually having a car. If your parents or big brother decide at the last minute that they’re not giving you a shot of their wheels anymore, plenty of companies such as Europcar offer cheap car hire that’ll save you the embarrassment of begging and pleading.
Let’s not forget tissues, paper towels, cleaning wipes etc, to deal with the obvious spillages. In addition, you’ll want to bring toothpaste and toiletries (if you’re travelling for a few days at a time) and also toilet roll – it’s not pleasant, but not all rest stops are well stocked!
Finally, it’s up to you to decide who’s coming along on the trip. We’re not suggesting anything untoward, but let’s face it – it’s not a good idea to invite along anyone who you won’t be able to stand for a few days!
Do you have any road trip tips and words of wisdom based on a particular experience? Tell me all about them in the comments below!