Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to plan the ultimate Summer Road Trip

As the north hemisphere embraces warmer weather, millions of people are expected to pack up and embark on a road trip this summer. With more people hitting the road, there are more opportunities for things to go awry. But for travelers who are planning on joining the traffic this season, there are a few steps to take to ensure that your summer road trip goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Pick friends

The most important part of planning the road trip is the very first step, deciding who will fill up the car. You’re going to be stuck in a vehicle with them for hours on end, so choose wisely. Generally good traits to look for in a road trip companion is someone with a good sense of humor, who doesn’t mind when plans change and who can drive without making everybody on the road fear for their lives.

2. Budget

After filling all the seats in the car, have a discussion about how much money everybody is willing to chip in for the trip. Budget will affect the distance traveled, length of trip, sleeping accommodations and dining options while on the road. Not to mention the actual vehicle.

3. Pick a destination

After determining a budget and time frame for the trip, start planning an itinerary. Consider starting a Google List of destinations everybody in the car would like to see. After everybody has added their desired locations, start planning out a rough route. Try to make reservations early for any spots that are likely to be popular.

4. Prepare the car

If the designated road trip car is one already in your possession, be sure to take the car in for an inspection at least one week before the trip. There’s nothing worse than dealing with bad brakes or a breakdown while on a trip. Even for those who have decided to rent a car, it’s important to get supplies ready before heading out. Have tools to change a tire alongside an emergency kit, including water, shelf-stable snacks, blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and a battery phone charger. Throw a bag with wet-wipes, trash bags and paper towels somewhere in the car to deal with spills and messes on the road.

5. Make the soundtrack

And now, perhaps the most important part: Make a soundtrack. Create a collaborative playlist on Spotify that everybody can add their favorite tunes to. Before departure, be sure to download the playlist for offline listening. Nobody wants the music to cut out because of a bad signal on back roads. Or make up a usb with your favorite songs to have on the go, in the car.


  1. Awesome tips for having a blasting trip with our dearest ones thank you so much for sharing this post.
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  2. Mersad, this is a very thoughtful list of preparations for any major road trip. Thanks for this list. And I know you have great traveling companions.

  3. Sounds like you really know how to plan for a super road trip

  4. Great roadtrip checklist! :)

    With Love,

  5. Really REALLY great advice! And some wonderful photos, Mersad!

  6. Ja, gibt immer schon einige Dinge die man vorab planen sollte. Schön ist aber auch vor Ort dann spontan zu entscheiden.

    Liebe Grüsse


  7. It looks so beautiful! Wonderful tips you shared with us. Great pics you captured. Thanks for sharing it.
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  8. fabulous road trip tips. I would love to do a road trip in Europe - so different to road trips in Australia. If you are going off-road here on a road trip you might be wise to take 2 spare tyres and extra fuel. Happy travels.

  9. Seems like a wise thing when planning...

    I rarely travel so don't do that kind of planning seldom ;-)

  10. Never thought of making a playlist before going on a trip, but a very good idea! Have a great weekend. Hope adventures are awaiting you!


  11. Good suggestions, and gorgeous photos

  12. Great photos as always.
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  13. Great road trip! you captured fabulous pictures in your travel trip. Thanks.
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  14. Once you're on the open road, you need proper direction. you can use Scoutmytrip to plan and find best routs.

  15. I got a call that the car was waiting for me downstairs. It was a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder in beautiful Ithica Green (Neon for the color challenged) convertible. Exotic car for rent near me



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