Summer holiday road trips are a time-honoured tradition, and while the final destination is the main goal, the journey on the road can be just as exciting. It’s a marvelous way to bond with your family and create memories, but it can also bring about stress if proper planning isn’t done ahead of time. Read on for our simple tips and tricks on how to plan a road trip.
Before hitting the road, you’ll need to ensure your car is prepared for the journey. Check these items:
Cleaning your car inside and out will make for a more comfortable and hassle-free adventure.
If you ran out of time or waited until the last minute to wash the outside of your car, you can get the job done quickly with our Hybrid Wash & Wax Waterless Cleaning. It’s a simple spray-and-wipe formula designed to remove dirt and soils without the use of water. It’s also perfect for bringing along on your road trip, in case you need a quick clean-up on your car’s exterior.
To freshen up your car’s interior before your trip, use our Multi-Purpose Dash & Glass Interior Cleaner, a one-step cleaning formula to remove dust and dirt from your windscreen and dashboard, and even your tech screens and instrument gauges.
As most road trips occur during the warmer months, bug splatter build-up can become a little heavy on your windscreen and grille. Our Bug & Tar Remover helps to remove sticky insect residue, along with tree sap and tar, to keep your view out the windscreen as clear as possible.
If you’re travelling abroad, keep your legal documentation on hand, and check on local requirements regarding equipment. Make sure you have your vehicle’s owner’s manual stored in your glove box, plus an emergency kit stored in your boot, which should include:
Ensure you can easily access the spare tyre and puncture repair kit when you pack your boot full of luggage, in the event of an emergency. Strap your luggage down to prevent anything flying forward if you become involved in an accident.
Get plenty of rest the night before, especially if you’re the driver. If possible, switch drivers about every 2 hours to avoid drowsiness. Take plenty of breaks to stretch your legs.
Utilize online tools to help with budgeting your trip, like road trip calculators for planning costs, both foreseen and unforeseen.
Roadtrippers is a wonderful all-purpose trip planner that makes recommendations for your route such as restaurants, entertainment, and delightful “off the beaten path” stops along the way. It’s user friendly and once you have your trip planned out, you can download the app and sync the trip to your phone.
With these tools, downloading your route can help you plan out the extra time you may need to give yourself for possible traffic jams, stops for stretching your legs, and fuel fill-ups. If you drive an electric car, learn where the roadside charging stations are located along your route.
It’s important to keep yourself comfortable and entertained on long road trips, but stock your cabin in an efficient manner to optimize space. Have everything easily within reach:
It may seem easier and more convenient to drink soft drinks, lots of coffee, and eat candy and salty snacks, but this can lead to fatigue and loss of concentration. Instead, try healthier snacks that are just as easy to nosh on while on the road.
These healthy food options make great road trip snacks:
Since food can easily spill in the car, not to mention greasy fingers and hands on the steering wheel and door handles, keep your interior clean with the Dash & Glass Interior Cleaner and throw out your rubbish when you make stops.
Taking your kids on a fun family road trip can be a blast, and they will cherish the memories for a lifetime. But after a while, they may become a bit restless, so it’s important to keep them comfortable and entertained. Keep them safe too, with appropriate car seats for babies and toddlers, and booster seats and restraints for the older children.
Children can be messy of course, but if you keep the Turtle Wax Interior 1 Multi-Purpose Cleaner & Stain Remover on hand, you’ll be able to quickly and easily clean up any spills from food and drinks, and the little accidents that might occur. The foam spray and detachable brush will clean, deodorise, and protect.
With your furry friend in tow, you’ll want to ensure their happiness and comfort is met. Items to pack:
If possible, try to keep the same schedule that your dog is used to at home, to help them adjust and not stress. Make sure plenty of stops are made so they can stretch and burn off energy.
If your dog tends to have anxiety on car rides, your veterinarian can recommend a solution to help keep them calm. However, as long as you have the Turtle Wax Power Out! Pet Mess Kit, you can feel secure in knowing you’ll be able to quickly clean up any messes on the go.
The Power Out! Odor-X Spray eliminates odours at the molecular level and continues to deodorise for up to 30 days, ensuring the rest of your road trip is pleasant to the senses.
Proper road trip planning can put your mind at ease, so you can truly enjoy your holiday once you reach your destination.
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