Are you going on a road trip soon?
Road trips can be transformative.
In fact, it was Aaron Lauritsen who famously said, “The freedom of the open road is seductive, serendipitous, and absolutely liberating“.
However, whether you’re taking a road trip across the state or across the country, there are some things you need to do ahead of time to prepare for your journey.
Check out this road trip car checklist to learn what you need to do before you hit the road.
Get Your Car Ready
Before you hit the open road, your biggest task will be getting your car ready.
Here’s what you need to do a month before your trip:
Take care of any major repairs, such as engine repair
Check the tires
Check the coolant
Check the glovebox (Make sure you have your registration, owner’s manual, and proof of insurance)
Check the spare tire
Then, here’s what you need to do a week before your trip:
Take care of any scheduled maintenance
Clean your car out
Join a roadside assistance program
Get a road atlas
Lastly, here’s what you need to do a day before departure:
Vacuum and wash your car
Fill your gas tank
Also, we suggest putting a car survival kit together that includes:
Electric charge wire
Wrenches and screwdrivers of different sizes
Thick towing rope
Once you’ve taken care of all of this, your car will be ready to hit the open road.
Have a Loose Plan
If you’re the type of person who likes to have everything planned down to the last minute, then you’re going to need to learn to switch your tune for your upcoming road trip.
When driving significant distances, delays are about the one thing you can absolutely count on.
If your trip is overscheduled, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be slogging through the last few miles long after you intended to be sleeping.
And, this also means you’ll have to rush through some spots you looked forward to.
Leave a few open days on your road trip to account for delays and to give yourself plenty of time to see everything.
Preload Your Devices With Entertainment Options
While you may have an image of yourself cruising down an open country road listening to a local radio station, you’ll soon find out that on a road trip, this image doesn’t always pan out.
This is why it’s important to have some entertainment downloaded for when you don’t have a signal (or for when the radio stations only seem to be playing elevator music).
In addition to downloading music, we suggest downloading some podcasts and audiobooks.
Road Trip Car Checklist: Are You Ready for Your Road Trip?
Now that you’ve read this road trip car checklist, it’s time to pack your things and hit the open road!
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