If you’re anything like us, then you probably love the idea of going on a road trip. After all, what’s not to like about having complete independence and embarking on an epic adventure across Europe? Of course, this type of holiday is not all sunshine and rainbows. Being self-sufficient can be a little scary and stressful at times. Unlike other holidays, you don’t have hotel staff at your beck and call. So, you need to carefully plan your road trip before setting off. However, there’s a lot to remember and account for – forgetting things could get you into a spot of bother. That’s why we’ve written this article today. Read on to find out everything you need to remember before heading off on your road trip.
1.) Service Your Vehicle
Most importantly, you must service your vehicle before going on your road trip. Everything depends on your car/campervan and how well it functions. Otherwise, you could end up breaking down, resulting in your holiday being a bust. That’s why we recommend getting some motorhome servicing done in advance to your road trip. Once you’re certain your vehicle is in top condition, you can feel confident in the fact you’ll be travelling safely, and no problems will occur later down the line on your holiday.
2.) Mapping Your Route
We strongly recommend you plan your route before embarking on your road trip. This will ensure that you don’t get lost along the way and waste money on fuel. Though route planning can be a little boring for people who don’t like maps, it’s still worthwhile doing. Firstly, establish which destinations you would like to travel to. Then, plan the most efficient route when it comes to driving between them. For example, don’t go to Plymouth, then Exeter, and then Cornwall. Instead, it’s better to head from Cornwall and move up the country. Finally, make sure that you know how to get from each landmark. Familiarise yourself with the routes and print out directions for each journey.
3.) Prepare for Breakdowns
Even if you have serviced your motorhome recently, it’s still important to prepare yourself in case your vehicle does break down. But what exactly should you pack in preparation? Well, for starters, you need to have a device for communication, such as a mobile phone. This means you’ll be able to contact support if you have broken down in a remote area. Next, you should bring a first-aid kit. As we mentioned before, you’re completely self-sufficient on a road trip, so you need to be extra responsible when it comes to the safety of yourself and others. We also recommend bringing the breakdown essentials. This includes things like a torchlight, jump cables, high-vis jackets, a puncture repair kit, ectara. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when you’re on a long road trip!
These are the main things to remember for a road trip, aside from the essentials like toiletries and spare clothes. We hope you feel more confident and prepared now.