3 Tips for Planning Ahead for a Great Solo Road Trip

Posted by Ben Davidson about 6 months ago

Road trips are some of the most fun, exciting, and adventurous ways of spending a chunk of free time that you could possibly hope for.


Whether you are setting off with a car full of your friends, or are peeling off down the road at dusk, on your own, a road trip means waking up every day in a new location, seeing new sights, getting a new perspective on things, and seeing just what your vehicle is made of.


A solo road trip, in particular, can give you a great opportunity to consolidate your thoughts, figure out your plans, and have some deep and thought-provoking experiences and moments of silence.


Here are a few tips for planning ahead for a great solo road trip.


Make sure you have breakdown cover, and take steps to reduce risk


If you’re taking a road trip into remote parts, and especially if you don’t really know the area, it’s important to make sure that you have proper breakdown cover and risk-mitigation protocols in place in the event that something did go wrong. 


Even just for the sake of protecting your car and getting it the necessary repairs it would need after an accident, you’d potentially want a service such as Optimal Warranty.


In addition to signing up to certain services, what you should also do is practice good, basic, common sense. For example, don’t drive if you are heavily sleep-deprived.


A road trip can be a great adventure, but that doesn’t mean you have to subject yourself to total chaos, in the event that something didn’t turn out the way you’d want it to.


Keep a backup map in your car, as well as emergency provisions


These days, we’re all pretty used to relying on GPS devices every time we leave the house to go grocery shopping.


Just make sure that you have some redundancies built into your road trip plan, though, and be sure to take a backup paper map in your car, as well. 


In fact, if you’re interested in really making an adventure of it, you could even try to just navigate your way there using this “old-fashioned” method, from start to finish.


In addition to a backup map, keep some emergency provisions stocked up. Even if you don’t break down somewhere in the wilderness, you might end up hungry, in the early hours, with no grocery stores open near your location. In that case, you’ll be grateful you packed some nutritious and long-lasting snacks.


Consider taking some great audiobooks along for the drive


Audiobooks can allow you to absorb all sorts of deep and compelling stories and ideas, while driving along miles of open road.


On your road trip, there will undoubtedly be moments when it would be best to enjoy things in silence. But it might also be the case that listening to a good audiobook for a long stretch of the drive could really help you to come to terms with a particular issue you’d been mulling over, and could make the whole  experience that much deeper and more interesting.

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