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Road Trip, 5Tips to Anywhere

Updated on June 8, 2014
Trolley car, New Orleans
Trolley car, New Orleans | Source

Global mentality

Let nothing stop you from experiencing the world!

Take advantage of eating different foods within your own community. Enjoy areas of your city, county and state that introduce you to other ethnic groups and the historical value they have added to your community.

Explore your own city and what they have to offer.

Having some idea of other cultures can begin in your own community especially if it is varied and has some tourism, which draws others from around the globe to visit.

5 tips

  • your budget
  • final destination, mapping the course
  • stopping points, historical points, gas stops, restrooms, and eateries
  • entertainment
  • packing, what's necessary

Miami port
Miami port | Source
Bridges in the Bahamas
Bridges in the Bahamas | Source
Pic entering Nassau Harbor and port from cruise ship.
Pic entering Nassau Harbor and port from cruise ship. | Source


There is no excuse for us not to travel!

Not in this day and age! With the idea of the global village, we should all at least travel out of our own communities and explore other areas of the city, town and state, that we live in.

By Air

Airplanes can take you out of the state, out of the country, across oceans to the other side of the world. It can be accomplished in several ways from helicopters, small planes and jets, even balloons.

By Water

Boats, Yachts and ships are another way to cross to other areas of the state, the country and the world.

By Land

With highways, interstates and bridges we can cross land, cross water and even pretend with the aid of bridges that we are going through the air.

For me, there is no legitimate excuse not to travel across a city, state or to another state especially if one has a vehicle.

For instance living in a state like Georgia, there is no reason I can't experience beaches, islands, caves, mountains and all in between within this one state. One can do whatever they can think of outdoors and experience countless flavors for that matter with all the cultures and scenic regions GA can expose people too.

Car trips

Most of us refer to road trips when we have to get in a vehicle, and drive for pleasure. Get on the road, and drive for any length of time. Transportation of any type can and is considered a road trip, if one goes for at least more than a couple of hours.

Sometimes we load the car down. Sometimes we take maps. Sometimes we stop at sights of interest or places of discovery. Sometimes we just drive.

Packing economically for any trip especially road trips are a fundamental way to travel. Doing it right makes any road trip more enjoyable.

For one it makes accommodating more than a few bodies especially if they are on the full grown side more comfortable.

Comfort is essential.

For any trip we know that comfort is at the top of any one's list. That includes road trips. One has to then weigh all their concerns though, for instance.

  • Cost of gas.
  • How long of a trip, based on hours.
  • How many stops along the way, based on gas needs and occupant's bladders.

Then what can take up space becomes vitally important, when it comes to comfort and length of time on the road.

We must also keep in mind that what we pack has a lot to do with the age of the occupants of the vehicle.

Packing for road trips have to be based on what one needs, the younger a child the more one needs.

You also have to make sure that you are packing things that can serve many purposes. The question has to be posed 'what can you live without,' or 'is it inexpensive enough to be bought at one's destination 'or 'along the way'.

What to pack list...

  • Snacks
  • water
  • first aid kit

Other things

  • blankets
  • pillows
  • gadgets
  • music
  • books

What to map out...

  • Rest stops / restrooms,
  • Gas stations
  • Eatery's
  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Places of interest or historic value

Your interests, hobbies and historical interests are a great way to plan, without too much effort some of the things you can experience on a road trip. Keep in mind your budget.

Some things to consider, how much you are building in your budget for incidentals. That unexpected stop for a hotel, that meal, that toll road or souvenir.

FL sky line
FL sky line | Source


Destinations are great!

Yet it is the getting there that presents the most of the hassle but it is the journey to the final stop that is always more intriguing to me. It gives one the opportunity to see sights they will never see any other way or ever again.

If you are an explorer of any type with a sense of adventure, it also gives you the opportunity to visit places that are never particularly on a map and experience life in other parts of the country that you probably won't ever visit again.

  • Food
  • local eateries
  • shoppes

I personally like knowing where i am going especially at night. Driving in the dark to me is exciting but it is always better in well light cities and main highways.

I hate dark back roads in out of the way places that are totally unfamiliar or foreign, even when the GPS says they are a shorter way to reach my destination.

I don't care how much time the GPS says you can save.

Take side roads/back roads only on a full tank of gas, and NEVER in the dark. Period

Destinations are always great. Knowing that you are going somewhere, anywhere sometimes is well worth the effort.

Knowing what you will do there is worth 15 mins of research or just talking to people.

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On the road

What do you think is the most important tool to have?

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Pack what?



  • healthy, mostly
  • junk, (have something stashed or as a treat when you stop to fill up for gas)

Toys, etc

  • games
  • stuffed animal
  • books


  • nail kit
  • tool kit
  • car kit

Pillows, blankets,


  • sweater, blazer
  • long pants besides jeans
  • skirt
  • dress, (that can go both ways, casual or dressy)

How you pack these things is vitally important especially when it comes to the amount of space you have to work with and how many people are traveling with you. You also need to keep in mind that evenly distributed the weight in your trunk is beneficial to the wear and tear of the vehicle, the tires, and gas usage.


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