15 tips to help you plan a summer road trip.

“Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.” — Orhan Pamuk

There are times when you have nothing to do on the weekend – tired of visiting the mall, doing grocery shopping, taking kids to the park and bored of spending a good weekend at home. We all need a time off from our routine life and getting away on a long drive on an open road is the best way to get into the unobstructed mind and rediscover parts of yourself that have been lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life back home. Road trips are an amazing experience for a travel zealot who loves adventure and long drives!

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Road trips are a quick escape from the ordinary to extraordinary!

You are in full charge of everything: Road trips give you the feeling that you are in control of the things – budget, no luggage weight limitations and you can pack things without a worry of airport security and all, you control your departure or arrival time, breaks along the way and no airport hassle. Overall less stressful planning and more adventure..

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Road trips give you the freedom of planning, control of timings and comfort of your choice!

“Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.” Emma Chase

You come out of your comfort zone: Life gets monotonous following the same daily routine every day and road trips help in getting out of it. Getting out of your comfort zone forces you to experience new things. You learn new things about yourself by going through different situations along the trip and how you adjust to it; how you relate to people and surroundings and so much more to discover on the way!

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I love getting clicked on the middle of nowhere but amazing views!

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.Mark Twain

Great way to know more about your companion: Travelling with others also gives you the chance to get to know your companions a little (or a lot) better. Spending long periods of time together in the peaceful state of mind gives you an idea of what that person is really like – you get to know some new things, likes and dislikes along the way. Road trips are also great in creating a bond with your special one during those long drives. To experience something together – with a loved one – and have that memory to look back on – is a priceless gift.

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Road trips are a great way to enjoy the journey together without any worries and create beautiful memories along the way…for the lifetime!

“A road trip is a way for the whole family to spend time together and annoy each other in interesting new places.” – Tom Lichtenheld

Taking a road trip can be a great way to travel and experience more of the places you are visiting. Planning spontaneous trips is exciting but when you are advanced prepared for it, the better! Also, road trips could be exhausting, if you are on a long schedule. Hence, before you jump in the car and hit the road, it’s best to do a little planning and preparation first. Following tips will hopefully help you in planning the perfect road trip and guide you through the things to do before a road trip:

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There is something new and wondrous to experience with every road trip you go!
  1. Do a proper check of the vehicle and it is a great idea to let a mechanic check for problems before you depart – Get your oil changed, refill your windshield wiper fluid, make sure all lights are in working order, brake fluid, tire alignments, tire air pressure, antifreeze fluid, and battery. when traveling with kids, ensure that infant car seats, toddler car seats, and booster seats are properly installed. Last but not least, make sure you have all the proper tools you need to change a flat in your trunk, and that your spare tire is ready to rumble. These steps will reduce the chance of becoming stranded or experiencing mechanical issues during your road trip.
  2. Make sure all of your documentation(driver’s license, medical insurance, car insurance, your id’s, car documents etc) is up to date and readily accessible in your car.
  3. Fill up your car the day before you leave It’s good to travel in a fully equipped and fueled vehicle for a good uninterrupted journey.
  4. Look for an exit with multiple gas stations with a good number of fast food chains on the signs. The prices will be lower because of the competition, and you’ll be able to compare and pick the best option for you.

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    Enjoy the breathtaking views along the way to your road trip.
  5. Drive within the speed limit as it is safer and will save you on the milage.
  6. Keep tabs on the weather. Be sure to check traffic reports and weather conditions before you leave. Also, check the weather status of places you planning to visit, and then plan accordingly.
  7. Carry an updated GPS and route maps for extra safety as most of the routes won’t let you use the phone data for navigating because of bad or no signal. Also, download the offline maps (google maps or any other navigation map which supports offline service) as it would help you to access the route even if you are out of network.smartphone car technology phone
  8. Carry your own beverages, homemade foods, and favorite snacks: Those long.. long highway stretch with no food exits any sooner and if you are traveling with kids then it’s always good to stock up some food, snacks, water, juice etc. It’s wonderful to enjoy the foods you carried without compromising on your health. It will also save you time and money on the road.
  9. Whenever possible, try eating locals and avoid going to chain restaurants as you can have those anytime back home.

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    When on road trips – enjoy the local foods, avoid chain restaurants and explore the cafes or food joints in the local area.
  10. Make hotel reservations ahead of time if your trips are pre-planned. It will save you an extra penny on pre-bookings and most of the hotels have free 24 hours cancellation policy(In case of any plan change)
  11. Have your favorite playlist set up on your phone or iPod for not getting bored along the ride. The companions or kids might like some entertainment along the way. Hence, Portable DVD players with headphones, MP3 players, books, crossword puzzles, magazines, and travel journals are some excellent ideas for passing the time on a road trip.
  12. Go for AAA(Automobile Club Of America) membership(paid service not free!) It has many advantages – offers roadside assistance, AAA can help you plan your trip, give you books on the destinations you will be driving through, help you with routes and general planning, and various discounts on the park tickets, adventure, shopping and more.

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    Road trips are such an amazing way to explore some less known places- nature’s beauty and the sorrounding peace.
  13. Plan a route – You can use a map or the internet to plan a route to your destination. There are various sites or apps to help you plan a road trip route (Roadtrippers, Google maps) It would definitely make your travel easier and convenient. Also, it’s a good idea to plan a few stops beforehand for a scenic view, vista points, beaches etc to enjoy that short break.
  14. Switch drivers regularly to ensure to stay alert and safe. When you stop, be sure to get out of the car, stretch your legs, breath in some fresh air and drink some water. It’s always nice to have someone more alert and awake next to the driver seat for a safe drive.
  15. If you’ve got kids, plan to stop every couple of hours at a playground, a restaurant with a play area or even a highway rest stop as kids could get irritated for sitting long and get bored easily. If there is an interesting city, store, or restaurant that you would like to see on your road trip, schedule stops accordingly. It will add to your road trip experience.
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Road trips can get exhausting when you drive for long hours without a break. It’s a good idea to stop and relax for some time in some good place.

**It’s always best to be prepared for any unfavorable situations which could occur on a road trip and be ready for any change!

  • Few essentials which you should be carrying for a road trip: camera(for photography lovers), Jumper cable, Spare car keys, extra cash, pocket charger, car charger, air freshener, facial wipes, tissue roll, sunglasses, bathing towel, clothes, essential medicines and anything that you use on a daily basis.

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“Life is beautiful if you are on the road to somewhere.” — Orhan Pamuk

Would you add anything to the list of my road trip planning guide? How has been your road trip experience in the past? Are you planning for any road trip soon? It would be interesting to hear from you. Share your views in the comments section below!

Thanks for visiting my post.

Stay happy, healthy and enjoy life.

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121 Comments Add yours

  1. we travel with our puppies. tips would be great

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  2. Erin says:

    I love road trips!! The quotes you added in were great! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating 😊😊

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  3. All great tips! I am planning a cross country tour next summer. East to west coast! Ill be sure to use this!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      That’s gonna be really fun and exciting… I hope my post is of some help in your planning the trip..thanks for reading..😊

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  4. LOVE road trips, and these are excellent tips! I especially like that you mention eating at local restaurants – that makes the trip all the more special.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for reading my post and I am really glad that you liked it..😊

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  5. Loved reading every bit. Could relate things. We often go on family road trips . You have covered all the points.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation… I am really happy that you liked it😊

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      1. You are welcome. Thanks.

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  6. Jeremy says:

    Nice article ! I’m looking forward to my upcoming road trip in Iceland !! Will definitely take note of some of your advices ! =)

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  7. Devendra says:

    Could not agree more with you. I recently did a couple of road trips through Greece. Although we faced some problems due to last minute planning but those were the best trips I had.

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  8. Vox says:

    We’re starting to do better with enjoying the journey along the way on our road trips. Thanks for sharing even more ideas.

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  9. Albany Chanel says:

    One of the things my boyfriend and I love to do is go on road trips. Thank you for sharing this! Will definitely take you up on some of these tips!

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  10. Daniela says:

    This was great! And just in time because my family and I are about to have a road trip this coming Thursday August 2!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Wowww..that’s so exciting.. have a happy and enjoyable trip

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    Great list! I sometimes forget to bring car snacks and it can be a huge pain when you are on a long stretch without seeing a restaurant!

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  12. Shemadewut says:

    Great post. I wish I could do a summer road trip – perhaps next summer!

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  13. Caitlin says:

    You are so right about it being a great way to know more about your companion! Just learned SO much about my partner on a road trip. And yes, AAA or similar is a must.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      I know, right! Road trips are amazing way to explore the place and your partner too! Lol😍😁

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  14. Jagriti Roy says:

    I just love travelling. In short life seems to be more vibrant when I start my journey towards any unknown destination. Thank you for your nice guidance.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      That’s so true! Life actually gets more interesting even on a short trip to any place away from home and usual routine.🤗..thanks for reading my post..😊

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  15. Great tips and such a great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. aisasami says:

    These are great tips. I actually moved from city to city by car. We followed some of the same tips (well, no tech because it was the 90s) when we were traveling.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thanks for reading my post… 😊

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  17. ejaleigh says:

    I absolutely loved this!

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  18. Great tips! I wish I could just pack up and go on a road trip for a couple of days! Would be so nice!

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  19. Sassy Law says:

    I love the tip about multiple gas stations! I’ve never thought of that. Also, the BEST part of travel is the local places you stumble upon along the journey. Good advice to stop and choose local businesses as you travel!

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  20. Misha Bagga says:

    I love road trips. Totally loved your post.Keep Glittering, love TGA by Misha

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating..means a lot to me😊

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  21. Planning a road trip next month. Will be back to this post to make a check off list. Thanks so much !

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you… I am glad that you found my post of some help..😊

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  22. I love the road trip ideas! Will put allot of them to good use in the future. I’m on a trip now but I flew. Some of these tips I can put into use I my travels here in town.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much .. I am glad that you found my post useful..😊

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  23. Great post! I like that you stated that part of the fun is the trip not just the destination. Happy Summer, Kippi

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      Thank you so much for appreciating 😊

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  24. Awesome tips…such an amazing read

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  25. rachaelstray says:

    Baby wipes are essential – can clean up yourself and any other messes easily. A good playlist too and of course checking your car is road worthy and fully equipped. Love these tips!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thanks for reading my post…😊

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  26. Agree! Facial wipes are an absolute necessity! Same with having a long, prepared playlist. Audiobooks are also a great way to pass time when you’re bored.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Audiobooks are fun… thanks for your

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  27. Great advice. Friend and I did a road trip and it was great. Had cooler in the backseat and you are so right it is not just the destination but the journey.

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you..and I loved your posts too!

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  28. Your blog is awesome! I loved this post, all the tips are great and make me really want to go on a road trip of my own:)
    Loved this and keep up the amazing work!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating…road trips are exciting..you must plan soon..😊😊😊

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  29. Dave Gardner says:

    Thanks for following Daily Ramblings! I really appreciate it. I look forward to interacting with you. Happy Blogging!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Pleasure is all mine… thanks for connecting 😊

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  30. aditiroy24 says:

    Nicely written. 🙂

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  31. Got my how to of how to organise my trip on the weekend , thanks!

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  32. Kimberly says:

    Those are truly some great tips for summer!

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  33. Cool tips, Rachna! And I liked the pictures, they are awesome! Time I posted an article on a road trip in India! 🙂

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for appreciating… I would love to read your post.. 😊😊

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      1. Will msg you once it’s up! 🙂

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  34. Very cool summer insights from you. Thank yoh.

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  35. My boys and I love road trips. There’s nothing better! I really enjoyed this post, especially the beautiful quotes along with your writing and photos. 🙂

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Yeaahh! Road trips are fun.. thank you so much for visiting my blog..😊

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  36. andreacfrt says:

    These are great tips =)

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much 😊

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  37. Ezra and Ava says:

    Your blog post is so beautiful 🙂 We r kids doing a blog about our summer adventures 🙂 !

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you kids…I read your post and you guys are doing great…keep it up😊

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  38. Swapna says:

    Nice post… I love traveling… Road trips with family will be awesome…

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you so much for reading my post and appreciating…means a lot😊

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  39. ~H@rdip~ says:

    I love traveling too😊 nice post👍

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  40. Jacynta Burgess-Garbutt says:

    I LOVE road trips! We plan on doing a full eastern Canada trip next summer. Def agree with the eat local tip! Nothing like getting to try authentic dishes!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Wowww… next summer is all set and planned..that’s perfect..thanks for reading my post 😊

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  41. queenofmgmt14 says:

    Great post even though I hate road trips but I guess it’s your company that makes it fun!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      That’s so true.. good company can make any journey interesting 😊

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  42. Thank you for this post. I’ve been meaning to go on a road trip and this was just a nice way of seeing what I need. Plus the quotes were so inspiring. ❤️💖💕

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      I am glad that you found my post of some help… thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation.. 😊😊😊

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      1. Thank you for being so inspiring! Plus your daughter is so cute 😊

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  43. baby bumbum says:

    you have shared useful tips to help plan a road trip … great post.. keep posting such useful posts..

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      thank you so much for liking my post..

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  44. Siegh_Siegh says:

    Thank you! While reading your road trip tips we are on our way to our road trip😃

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      that’s amazing..enjoy your trip..

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  45. Marina says:

    Thank you for sharing! I am going on a road trip in a couple of weeks! These will really help!

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      That’s great… and thank you for appreciating and I am glad that my post could be of some help in your planning 😊

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  46. I so like this. Thanks

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      thanks for liking my post

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  47. krish says:

    Well explained…

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  48. Saurabh Kumar says:

    Well compiled list for reference ever before my plans for coming trips… 🙂 Very well written…

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    1. WhyToStop says:

      Thank you… I hope you plan some amazing trips and my post helps😍

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