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Plan a Road Trip Efficiently with Those Easy Tips

Nowadays more and more people are deciding to ease up on air travel and enjoy the authenticity of staying on the road. And with that need comes a question of how to efficiently plan a road trip when you want to see it all?

The answer requires a more complex approach and planning abilities but it doesn’t mean that it won’t be possible. So, here is our checklist for the top 5 things you need to do when you want to plan a road trip.

1. Choose a specific area

Road trips can be comfortable in terms of visiting multiple places at once but you need to set a limit for that since no one would want to spend half a day on the road. Pick a specific region and try sticking to that. It doesn’t mean that you only have to stay within the borders of that territory but it would be sensible to pick areas that are significantly close to each other. Moreover you can always plan a road trip that consists of getting from point a to point B that way the cities you’ll be passing, will be your selected area. It also depends on the country you are travelling in, since in some places it can take hours to get from one city to another. Main point here is to manage expectations. Better set the schedule right so you manage to spend quality time in all the places you are visiting and won’t have to rush all the time.

planning a road trip at the lake

2. Focus on timing

Road Trips can be unpredictable, with traffic jams on the way or unexpected situations occurring on the way. This is exactly why it would be nice to roughly set the time slots for all your activities. Remember how in school when you would go on trips, they would make a precise schedule for all the things you would do. This is exactly what needs to be done before a road trip. Sit down, research traffic in the areas you want to visit, best timing to visit them and most importantly, figure out how much time you would want to spend there. One tip in particular, always put everything down to shopping time in the schedule. That way you will be able to adjust it on the way and you will be more at peace when travelling.

3. Get all the necessities.

As already mentioned, road trips tend to be unforeseeable so better be ready for everything. Set a checklist for all the things you will need during your journey. For example, if you have some dietary restrictions and will be travelling in the countryside, it would be worth taking some nice snacks with you just in case you don't have a specific food option. Moreover, do not forget to take all the necessary medicine and even a little extra. Always take a flashlight, couple of matches, needle & thread, big water reusable bottles, a paddle and portable phone charges. The list can go on and on, so try to be sensible with it and don’t over pack. No one said you’ll need all of those things but you never know when they might help you.

4. Pick good transport

Road trips are nothing without a car, so it is important to choose the right one. Obviously not everyone has an opportunity to pick from many options, so stick with whatever you have. But if you are one of those lucky ones who can rent whatever you want, we suggest carefully coming up with the selection process. Basically, there are three main means of transportation you can pick for a road trip: an RV, a camper van or a normal car. All depends on how long your trip is going to be and on your living situation. The first two are suitable for those who do not want to spend extra on hotels or rental along the way. It is a very convenient way to constantly be on the road and by that explore more on your journey. Although, we suggest picking an RV if you are travelling with the family due to it’s high capacity and also comfort of all the necessary amenities. And if you are going on a trip with a couple of friends or your partner, a camper van would be a smart and fun idea. It usually offers at least 4 sleeping arrangements, onee inside and another one on a rooftop. Moreover, campervans are better to maneuver, so they will be easy-to-drive for inexperienced drivers and also better for finding parking spaces in the middle of the city. And lastly, the normal car, this option is a classic for short-term trips. It’s compact, more safe and also usually more sustainable. But they are also less spacious, so do not expect to be able to constantly stay in the car overnight. This option is suitable for those who are travelling to close destinations and also are aiming for multiple stops.

planning a road trip bed in the tent

5. Choose a place to sleep

And last but not least, picking an accommodation in advance is the best organization tip we can give. If you are travelling with an RV or a campervan, research the campsites on your way in advance to not end up travelling tired at night looking for a place to park. There are usually a lot of such campsites in the countryside or there also might be parking spots in the city. And if you are travelling without a house on the wheels, you can always book a hotel or a motel as you go. Or better make your experience more unique and stay at one of the glampings near your last stop or you can even extend your trip and spend some time in a cozy cabin in the middle of the forest. Road Trips are also about being spontaneous and enjoying whatever comes your way.

planning a road trip field and a camper

After you have done the first steps, you will feel more at peace and put together. The hardest part is already done, so the rest is just exciting.

Road trip planner app for eventful journey

With modern day technology even the road trip planning is made easy with several apps available. It is nice to sometimes look for places yourself, and research your route. But if you are not one of the people who enjoys spending horse picking up destinations, a road trip planner app is a choice for you.

This app is essential for your next trip since it helps you save time. As already mentioned, timing is the most important part of the trip. And Waze road trip planner app helps you navigate through all the obstructions of a days-long journey. It monitors the traffic and tells you specific times when you need to leave the place. You can get all the necessary up-to-date information in a matter of seconds and then schedule accordingly. And most importantly, it manages your precious time that you can spend enjoying the beauty around you.

Price: free

Available on: iOS and Android

Road trip route planner for busy people

This roadtrippers app helps you plan a journey within a matter of minutes. All you need to do is select your starting point and your destination and then look at the map and add the places you would’ve liked to visit. The best thing is that it highlights the suggested area of the trip right away, so you have a better understanding on which places are close enough to visit. Moreover, you can edit your trip with friends, so all of you can add the stops. And also, it gives you an opportunity to see how much time you will need to get from one place to another, suggests popular spots to stay and navigates you through your journey. But if you are one of those people who is always up for an adventure, you can pick one of the premade roadtrips from the website to save time and make the journey even more surprising.

Price: free or Roadtrippers Plus for $29.99/year

Available on: iOS and Android

Book campspaces on the go

Are you the type of traveller who just loves spontanity and who doesn't want to plan overnight stays too far in advance? You can now book campspaces through the app caravanya.com. Just zoom in on the map to see what places are around you, book your place just a few hours before arrival and enjoy a spontanious campspace experience.

Price: free

Available on: iOS and Android

Road Trips are fun as there are. They give you an opportunity to see multiple aspects of the country and most importantly learn the culture first hand. It doesn’t matter where you are heading, it is what you experience on the way. If you are curious on where to stay when heading out to the unknown, book a cozy campspace for a comfortable rest before a day of travelling.

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