In a recent blog post, we suggested that you make 2017 a year when you try to venture out with more road trips. Road trips can help to reset your senses in a number of ways, and we encourage you give it a shot. Of course, you’ll also need some pointers about how to best make this happen, so here are four road trip tips that are totally worth your while.
4 Helpful Road Trip Tips
Load Up With Apps
While technology is certainly helpful in many situations, it can be a double-edged sword. After all, you don’t want to be distracted from the outside scenery, do you? That’s where apps can help to make your road trip easier without occupying too much of your attention. A couple apps that you definitely want to add before your next road trip include iExit, which tells what restaurants and gas stations may be found on each exit, as well as bathroom-finder SitOrSquat and the crowdsourced navigation app Waze.
A common mistake that roadtrippers make is having one person think that they deserve to make all of the decisions. This makes everyone irritated, and undermines the whole point of the trip in the first place. So, it’s important to agree on the places that you plan on seeing, and make certain that all voices are heard. It will certainly make for smoother sailing along the way.
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Pack a Lunch
While it’s somewhat unavoidable to avoid fast food, it certainly helps move the trip along to cut out time spent in restaurants. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring plates and utensils, and simply find a deli or grocery store along the way to make a quick lunch. You’ll be able to get to know your surroundings a little better, you can get out and stretch, and it might save you money as well.
Bring a Paper Map
Even though we advocated for smartphone apps earlier, sometimes a paper map is a fun thing to have along as well. Not only will it help if you aren’t getting steady cellphone service, it also will help track your journey (remember highlighters?) for future consideration. Then, once your trip is over, you can use your paper map to make a great keepsake.