Travel Tips – How to Prepare for a Long Car Road Trip 

At least once in your life, everyone should experience a long road trip. Whether you are driving across America on route 66 or driving through the amazing cities in Australia, having your car gives you the freedom to do exactly what you want to do on your holiday. However, if you want to avoid any disasters and make your road trip a success, you will need to make sure that you follow our top tips below for the best trip ever.  

Travel Tips - How to Prepare for a Long Car Road Trip 

Plan Plan Plan  

If you want to make sure that you are going to have a great, and most importantly safe, time while on your road trip, you will need to make sure that you are well prepared and have organised your trip. A last minute trip can be exciting, but being spontaneous on your road trip is usually better after having taken a few planned ones first. Plan out where exactly you are going to be going and make sure you have these locations in both your GPS and that you also have a good old fashioned map too.   

Prepare Your Car  

Of course., the most vital part of any road trip is having a car and you will need to make sure that yours is in good working order before you head off on any road trip. While you may want to take your car to a mechanic, at least make sure that you are doing the basic checks such as oil changes and making sure your car wheels are in good working order. You will also want to make sure that you have a spare car wheel, just in case yours blows during your road trip and this is an unexpected expense that you may not have budgeted for in your road trip plans.  

Who Are You Traveling With? 

Many people tend to get caught up in the planning of where they are going to go and what they are going to do on their road trip and forget who they are actually going to be travelling with. When you are going on a road trip, you will want to make sure that you are taking along people who you trust and that you know are good friends. You do not want to be bringing along someone who you find out has brought something illegal when you are being pulled over. Furthermore, you need to make sure that your car insurance is up to date and that the other drivers will be covered to drive your car. 

Make an Emergency Kit  

Finally, before you set off on your road trip, you will need to make sure that you have your emergency kit ready. This should include things such as spare tyres, a tire gauge to check your wheel pressure, jumper cables and a basic set of tools. While you may not know how to use these tools, a passer by may be able to show you and help you if the worst should happen.  

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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