Eight Considerations When Traveling
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Many people who like to take their vacation via the road like to wing it. They believe that being spontaneous is the way to a fun road trip. This can lead to some big disappointments and worse could get you into some trouble. You can think of National Lampoon's Vacation movie for example. But by doing some simple preparations you can turn your vacation into an adventure.
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Did you ever take a road trip and just winged it?
Maps are NOT Obsolete!
Make sure you have maps of all the places you are planning on visiting. That may sound like such a "20th Century" thing to say. And I am aware that we live in an totally connected electronic age with everyone glued to their smartphones. But you may come across places that don't have any connectivity. So that online map application will become pretty useless. Make sure you have your maps with you.
Bring Food for the Trip
Have provisional groceries for the trip. Again, the kind of trip you are planning may take you to an area where there aren't many places to buy food. You can bring items that are non perishable such as fiber bars, etc., so you won't have to worry about items that need refrigeration. Or if you are so inclined, you could bring a small cooler with ice packs to keep food fresh. Either way, having some food available is always a good idea.
And Water Too!
Along with the food, make sure you take enough water for your trip. People can survive longer on water than they can with just food if they are ever stuck for long periods of time. This will save you money as well if you buy water by the case.
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Service Your Car
You've been meaning to have your car serviced for some time but just haven't gotten around to it. Don't wait until it's too late and you are already on your trip to take this step. The last thing you want to have happen is your car breaking down when you're in the middle of nowhere. Sure, it could still happen even if you get your car serviced by the chances of it greatly decrease when doing so.
It's always wise to have extra batteries. Even new batteries can sometimes fail so relying just on one set is a recipe for disaster. Again, you just never know if your journey will take you to a place where batteries are not readily available.
First Aid Kit
First Aid and Survival Kits
Accidents can and do happen. Being prepared with a first aid kit will ensure that the impact of accidents will be lessened. You'll want to stock the first aid kit with basics like bandages, some rubbing alcohol, aspirin or ibuprofen and anything else you can think may help during a minor crisis.
It's always a good idea to bring along a survival kit for your trip. This includes at a bare minimum a blanket, road flares, food and water (although you already took care of this from the previous tips, right?), matches for lighting a fire if needed, and a small amount of wood in case it's wet outside from rain. If you are unsure you could always check out WalMart for ideas. They even have ready to go kits complete with the necessities.
Above All Else, Have Some Fun!
The one idea that has yet to mentioned and is probably the most important one: have fun. That's the whole point of going on a vacation in the first place. Sure, it's wise to make sure you are prepared for the trip. But without having any fun what's the point? You might as well go to work. At least there you get paid!
To Sum it all Up!
These eight considerations or tips, if you will, should give you enough to be prepared for your next road trip. It may not be an exhaustive list, but when you start planning your trip you will surely add on to these as the thought process unfolds. You will increase your chances of having a successful trip and this leads to having a great journey.