After the last couple years of being cooped up, it’s no wonder that everyone is very into the idea of a spring or summer vacation. However, you might find that where you want to go and what your wallet can afford are two very different destinations.
Instead of staying home, a road trip might be right up your alley. To help you quickly adjust to these new plans, here’s 12 things you should think about when taking a last-minute road trip - including our new Service King Road Trip Giveaway, where we’ll be giving out $500 gas cards every other week!
- Take someone you think is a “trip.”
More than anything else, your choice of companion can make or break your last-minute travel. Whether it’s your best friend or close family member, make sure your partner is the type of person who you can spend a lot of time with. (Because you will.)
- Last-minute doesn’t mean no maintenance.
It doesn’t matter how last-minute your trip is, make sure you take the time to prepare your vehicle. Check oil and air pressure. Is your battery in the best shape possible? Is your tank full? Doing these things now can make a real difference down the road.
- Grab screenshots of important info.
Dead spots always seem to happen at the darndest times. Take a few screenshots of maps and important info that you might need before you head out, just to be on the safe side.
- Don’t forget to bring a budget.
Road trips are fun, but should also be financially responsible, so make sure you have an idea of how much you’re willing to spend and where you need to spend it.
- A cooler would be cool.
If you don’t have time to map out meal stops, an in-car cooler could be just the thing to keep everyone fed and focused on the road. Make sure you choose foods that travel well and that your travel companions will love.
- An emergency kit would be even cooler.
Being prepared snack-wise is important, but being prepared safety-wise is even more. You should already have one in your car, but if you don’t here’s a good list of things to gather together.
- Take a ton of photos. (If you’re riding shotgun.)
Pictures and videos are one of the best ways to make sure you remember all the good things you find on your journey. Just make sure you’re not driving while you’re taking them. Instead, make it a priority for the person on the passenger side of your road trip ride.
- We encourage in-car entertainment.
Some road trips get really long - and for kids they can feel even longer. To help fight boredom (and the times you have to hear “are we there yet?”) download your favorite podcasts, music, movies and shows to your phone beforehand. That way they’ll be available any time the little ones start getting antsy.
- Live like a local.
Road trips aren’t just about getting from point A to point B, it’s about all the local flavor you find in between. Make sure you talk to the people, eat at local places, and take the time to see the local scenery.
- Call ahead when you can.
Even if it’s just a few minutes in advance, having your co-pilot call ahead to your next destination can make a big difference. Save time by finding out if places have what you need before making your stop.
- You’re not lost. You’re exploring.
Remember, no turn is truly wrong. Making a mistake and stumbling on an unexpected adventure is what last-minute road trips are all about.
- Keep Service King in mind.
Not only is it a good idea to know where the nearest Service King is in case something goes wrong on your way - you can also use your trip to enter our Service King Road Trip Giveaway, where we’ll be giving out $500 gas cards every other week! It kicks off June 6th, so get on the road now!