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5 Rules For The Perfect Road Trip

Updated on August 22, 2016

The road trip is as much voyage of self-discovery as it is a physical journey. The traveler needs doing no more than turning the key in the ignition, shifting gears and heading out into the great unknown. But still there are some “rules” to it, which would make your trip much more enjoyable if you follow them. Check out five rules for a perfect road trip.


Rule 1. Pack Light

This is essential, particularly if you are driving something sporty. Also, you’ll be checking into and out of hotels every day, so you won’t want to waste valuable driving time segregating your socks from your T-shirts in a dozen easily misplaced baglets. A general rule is that you have to be able to toss your luggage into the car. Herschel Supply Co. Novel duffel bag is durable enough to withstand such stylish insouciance while also looking the part. Hand selected leather, stainless steel zippers, thick khaki stitching… it feels good to toss this beauty pretty much anywhere.

Rule 2. Pick a Suitable Car-Mate

Other than marriage or long-term incarceration, it’s hard to imagine a situation that thrusts people together more inexorably than the road trip. So, to avoid long stretches of tedium and even unpleasantness, you’ll want to choose your co-driver very, very carefully.

Rule 3. Take Detours

All good road trips feature a few unpredictable moments, and the best way to go about finding these is by turning off onto a dirt road every so often. You might come across a quaint old farmhouse, or a field of fragrant wildflowers, or a local willing to brief you on the intricacies of lobster trapping – the point is, you never know.


Rule 4. Take Pictures.

Every epic journey demands visual documentation. The Fujifilm X-Pro1, latest entry into the prosumer interchangeable lens digital camera market, provides a relatively cheap and supremely portable option. You can outfit X-Pro1 – which boasts a new high-resolution sensor – with three fixed-focal-length lenses, including an incredibly versatile 35mm f/1.4. And if your pictures don’t end up being museum-quality, you can always sit and admire the attractive retro styling of the camera itself.

Rule 5. Dress Appropriately

Those slim-fit jeans and T-shirts may have seemed like a good idea, but on a road trip they bind in all the wrong places. A rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t go to bed in it, don’t drive in it.

Using these simple rules, you'll get the best experience from your road trip. If you are thinking about a road trip and don't know where to start, check out road trip ideas with best trips for any taste: Europe, Asia, North America or South America - you choose.


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    • tipstoretireearly profile image

      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Packing light makes an entire trip so much easier. I've managed two-week international trips with only carry-ons with no problem.

    • Blacksheep557 profile image

      Blacksheep557 5 years ago from NewZealand

      Some great comments there. Pack light is a biggie which few follow, doesn't matter what type of travel you are doing , you normally come back with a lot more than you left, also if you have to drag you baggage around or into some accommodation, then pack light is the best advice

    • Shushanik profile image

      Shushanik 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks a lot! Will be waiting for your hubs on your road trip experiences :)

    • nanderson500 profile image

      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Good tips, I have been on some road trips and this is great advice.

    • Jenna Pope profile image

      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      Very practical advice. I want to go on a road trip! Your article gave me wanderlust! Voted up.

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Shushanik you've inspired me! Seriously, this weekend, I'm packing up and getting out. Probably to the White mountains, but who knows? point is, your hub has me thinking, its time for a road trip :), voted up and sharing