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Top Tips For A Stress-Free Road Trip

Being prepared can make all the difference in the world

Whether you’re taking a weekend road trip or prefer the unpredictable freedom of a long-term adventure, you want your experience to be straightforward and stress-free. However, this is easier to say than to do. As with any vacation, things can crop up and get in the way of our good time. Still, there are solutions and steps you can take to avoid this altogether. If you’re planning a late-summer road trip (or just want to be prepared for next year), here are the top tips for a stress-free road trip.

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Have A Plan For Disaster

It’s always better to be prepared, even in the unlikely event that something goes awry. No matter how long your trip is, you need to have a plan for any of the disasters that could happen during your journey. These issues can include flat tires and breakdowns, so you’ll need to learn how to change a tire or contact towing and roadside assistance to get you back on the road. While you hope nothing happens, you are better off being prepared just in case.

Take Breaks and Share Driving

Longer road trips can be exhausting, especially if you’re trying to cover as much ground in a single day. Therefore, it’s beneficial to take plenty of breaks and share driving responsibilities if possible, whether with a friend or your partner. This approach helps to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving and means you can stay alert during your trip. Driving for an extended period can be a surprisingly tiring experience, and there’s nothing wrong with stopping at a gas station for refreshments like coffee or water to stay awake.

Keep Up to Date With the Weather

While you shouldn’t let the weather hinder your enjoyment, there are some scenarios when you must be careful about extreme conditions, especially when traveling through isolated areas. Knowing what to do if a tornado is forecasted or keeping safe when caught in a hail storm is essential as you risk putting yourself in danger if you ignore warnings. Likewise, even heavy rainfall or baking heat can cause problems, so monitor the weather and decide what you want to do.

Make A Flexible Plan

Flexibility is the perfect companion for any road trip. You have the car and the freedom, so unless you’re on a tight schedule, you shouldn’t have any trouble chopping and changing your plans if you need to. The weather or even a cool roadside attraction is enough to make quick changes, and you could discover something you never expected.

Keep The Kids Entertained

If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll need to keep them entertained, so learning some road trip games will make your trip more manageable. You don’t want them to scream at each other or distract you while driving and you would prefer if the vacation was enjoyable. Keep them busy with games or activities they can do in the car until they wear themselves out and spend the next few hours snoozing. Check out our list of favorite road trip games for kids.

That’s A Wrap!

Your road trip will be one of the best experiences of your life, but there is still the risk of something going wrong. With these top tips, you can avoid many of the common issues that strike road trippers so you can enjoy a satisfying and stress-free adventure.

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I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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