Hitting the road during summer time has become a favorite bonding activity of many. Be it a weekend on-the-road vacation or a short trip down the coast, here are 6 things you should do before starting up that engine.
Tune-up your car.
Probably the most important (thus first off in our list) thing you should do before embarking on that summer road trip is to have your car checked. From oil changes to ensuring that tire air pressure’s just right, you’ll definitely do your car and your road trip right by giving your vehicle a quick check.
Check the tolls.
Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways
Most people think road trips are budget-friendly vacation options, until they deal with toll fees. If you’re on a budget, plot your road trip ahead of time and skip the tolls.
Indiana Tollroad 2012
It won’t only get you off the highway, it’ll also give you an instant visual treat… mountains and trees, anyone?
If you need to lodge, look for deals ahead of the road trip.
Checking in for the night can be costly, especially if you haven’t done your research ahead of time. Call up inns and hotels way before the trip to book a night. If you’re lucky, they just might give you a discount for booking early!
There are also lots of hotel deals online, like those on Endless Vacation Rentals.
But if you want your road trip to be more spontaneous, you can always skip the early booking… just be ready for that extra cost.
Po Campo Midway Weekender
Packing too much clothes and non-essentials into your bag won’t make your road trip pleasant, believe us! Aside from it’ll cramp up space, it’ll also burn more fuel, which means you’ll have to gas up more often.
Don’t forget the snacks and the drinks!
Hibiscus & Grapefruit Soda Syrups
Cheddar Cheese Crisps
It’s good to keep a few healthy snacks and some drinks available. You’ll never know when you’ll go hungry, or bored. Drinks will also keep you hydrated and if cool, can beat the heat this summer time.
Load up on your favorite tunes and bring a few good titles, too!
Apple iPod nano
Nothing beats music when it comes to setting the mood right on a summer road trip. Before you go, make sure you have all your favorite songs loaded!
The Summer Book
Those who aren’t driving can also bring a good book or two. Check out breezy summer reads here.
Just a disclaimer – We have partnered with these companies because we use their products and/or proudly trust and endorse them – so we do receive a commission if you make a purchase or sign up for services. Often, we are able to negotiate special discounts and/or bonuses, which we will pass on to you via our links. We often get short notice on sale items available for 24-48 hours, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as we will pass these savings onto you.Read More