Everything you need to know about preparing for a road trip

More and more people are opting to enjoy staycations here in the UK, rather than travelling abroad. With an endless number of pristine locations right here in the UK, it’s no wonder why people want to make the most of this and save a considerable amount of money at the same time. As much as we all like to jet off and enjoy some European sun, we’re all aware it can come at a great cost.

One of the best parts about a staycation is the road trip beforehand. It’s more than likely that the drive to your destination will be a number of hours, which to some people won’t sound appealing, but it’s a good idea to use this to your advantage. 

A road trip doesn’t have to be boring; you can turn it into something fun or even into a holiday itself. By adding a unique feel to your road trip, you can make it a holiday in its own right, travelling from one destination to another. You can base a road trip around your hobbies and interests; for example, if you’re a film fanatic you could pick out some of your favourite films and create a movie themed road trip. Sports fans could plan a road trip around numerous sporting stadiums across the country, whilst history enthusiasts could visit several historic locations.

If the thought of a road trip has potentially inspired your next holiday, then we wanted to share some tips that will help you prepare for the journey ahead.

Plan your route

Once you’ve considered the locations you want to visit, it’s important to make sure they can all be fitted into your timescale. When planning your route, you have to be realistic and choose locations which are fairly close to each other and have places to stay nearby. It’s also worth setting a budget for each location. This will ensure that you can stick to your budget and don’t find yourself in a position where the trip starts to mount up in cost. 

Prepare your vehicle 

Whether you’re traveling by car or motorbike, it’s important to make sure it’s prepared for the long journey ahead. Make sure the vehicle has had its annual service and MOT, all of its tyres are inflated correctly, and you have topped up screen wash and oil if needed. The last thing you want is to be travelling from one destination to another and find yourself having to pull over due to an issue that could have been prevented before you set off.

Pack for all weather conditions

We all know how temperamental the UK weather can be. One minute we could be basking in sunshine only to be hit with torrential rain the following day; so it’s important to bear this in mind. Make sure you check the weather forecast prior to setting off on your trip, but pack a variety of clothes just in case of any last minute weather changes.

Hopefully these points will help you get prepared for your road trip. Creating a staycation based on a road trip will offer an alternative holiday which all the family will love.