How to Arrive Safe and Sane After a Long Road Trip

While the summer months may be behind us, this doesn’t for a second mean that you and your family or your friends can’t all enjoy time away! In fact, there are many vacation styles which work better in the rain, a road trip being one of them!

If you love the idea of getting in the car with your friends or your family and heading away for the weekend, but the last time that you tried it didn’t work out too well, here are some tips to follow to make your next adventure a positive one.

Start With a Plan

It all starts with a plan. Despite what you might see in the movies where everybody sings for 30 seconds in the car before magically arriving at their decisional, the reality of the situation is very different. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that everybody is on the same page.

Ask yourselves the following questions:

  • What is your destination?
  • What route will you take?
  • Where are the breaks along the way?
  • When will you leave?
  • Who has the first driving shift?
  • When do you expect to arrive?

These six questions will help you to iron out all of the finer details and be sure that everybody knows what’s ahead and is prepared. A particular point is the one about who is driving first. Be sure that the person with the first shift will have a good sleep or a rest before their shift.

The Driver Isn’t the Person Responsible

Don’t think that the owner of the car or the driver is the one responsible for ensuring that you bring your phone charger or pack the specs you just got from the Groupon Coupons page for Ray Ban. Instead, be sure to pack everything you need yourself, keeping the following in mind:

  • Charging Cables (obviously!)
  • Food
  • Water
  • Soda
  • Snacks (some for you and some for the car to share)
  • Mobile and entertainment devices
  • Headphones
  • A blanket

While there may be other items you want to add, these are the staples which will keep you sane along the journey so that you can arrive in a positive mindset and ready to enjoy the destination instead of lunging for the first power outlet you see.


Consider instituting a few rules which can work to make the trip go smooth, like:

  • Whoever has the driving shift is in charge of the music choice and volume
  • Breaks can be requested at any time
  • Headphones are to be used when listening to personal music
  • No smelly food inside the car!
  • Everybody stay aware of other people when using the A/C or the windows
  • Everybody contributes the same amount of money at the start for expenses and it gets split equally when you all return safely.

While you might not be able to make the short movie montage that you want, the tips and ideas in this article will make your trip go so well that you will think that the whole adventure took place over the course of a song’s chorus!

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