When was the last time you cut loose from all the concerns and troubles of the daily grind, packed a rucksack with some essentials, decided on a place you’d like to see, and then hit the open road with nothing holding you back and only the amount of fuel in your to consider?
Road trips can be one of the best possible ways of destressing and returning to proper psychological balance and equilibrium. They allow us to remove ourselves from the environments where our concern and stresses accumulate, and to view the world from a completely different perspective.
There’s just the small matter of attending to basic necessities of planning and preparation in order to make sure the trip goes off without a hitch. Things like double-checking your van insurance policy, packing a first-aid kit, and getting a sense of where you actually want to go.
Here are a few suggestions for where to start when preparing for such a trip.
Get the right tunes lined up
Your road trip playlist is no small matter by any means. In fact, the tunes you line up for the trip can completely shape your experience of the entire journey.
Music is all about evoking certain emotions, after all. So, obviously, if you set up a soundtrack made up entirely of tear-jerker heartache songs, you’re likely to have a pretty melancholy and emotional drive. If, on the other hand, you choose music which is way too soft and restful, don’t be surprised if you have to fight to keep your eyes open at some point.
The right playlist for a road trip should include energetic music that’ll keep you awake, while also making you feel good, and which will also appeal broadly to anyone you happen to be travelling with.
Plan your stops in advance
If you’re on a long drive that will take you through unknown territory — and especially if that territory is likely to be on the wild and rural side of things — it’s really useful to know where and when the next petrol station is going to appear, not to mention things like bathrooms, shops, and even hospitals.
Planning your stops in advance is generally a good idea for any road trip. This doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t improvise when you’re on the open road — it just reduces the likelihood that you’re going to get lost and end up in trouble en route.
Bring company — and snacks
A road trip is just about always better with company. While you may love the drive regardless of whether you’re alone or not, having friends or family along for the ride, who you can share jokes and stories with, can really elevate the whole experience.
Of course, you’ve also got to pay some real attention to bringing the right snacks with you for the trip. This is a vacation, so don’t be overly hung up on what’s healthy. Pack foods which help you to feel full, happy, and generally good.
Even the best of trips can be dampened by hunger pangs.