26 tips for spring road trips

So you’re planning a spring break road trip. You have so many options in terms of where you’ll go, what you’ll do, and who you’ll do it all with.

Road trips are fun because they can be planned for a while or just planned at the last minute. You can kind of just have a loose plan and still have a good time.

Plus, road trips are a great way to meet all kinds of new people. Whether you’re just taking a road trip to see Grandma or your whole trip is just one big circle, here are 25 tips for spring break road trips. And a tip as a bonus!

1. Rent a motorhome!

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Get an RV! If you can fit in your budget, buying an RV makes a road trip so easy. No bathroom stops, a full kitchen, even a place to sleep. An RV can combine several expenses into one. It’s definitely one of my favorite ways to travel!

2. Or a rental car!

Consider a rental car if an RV is not in your budget. The mileage is unlimited and you won’t have to worry about maintenance before, during or after your trip.

3. Plan your route in advance

Plan your route in advance. Download the map of the area you are going to travel so you can always get a signal-free route.

4. Clean the car before leaving

Clean the car before leaving. Start your trip with a nice clean car, all organized with luggage, snacks, drinks, blankets and pillows.

5. Pack the car the night before

Pack the car the night before. Put the things you need first, in the car last. This way they are easily accessible when you need them. Things like snacks, water blankets, and pillows should all be inside the car with you rather than in the truck.

6. Pillows and blankets

Bring pillows and blankets. Road trips, whether by car or motorhome, definitely need blankets and pillows. Snuggle up, put on your headphones and listen to some jams when it’s not your turn to drive.

7. Refuel the day before

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Refuel the day before. Having everything ready before you leave for the trip makes the start of the trip smooth. And that’s where I’m looking. A seamless road trip during spring break.

8. Road trip snacks

Road trip snacks. I really just have my favorite snacks. I also take high protein snacks to keep going. Stopping for a meal sometimes happens only once a day. Also, buying snacks at the gas station is expensive and can limit your options.

9. Paper towels and hand wipes

Paper towels and wipes for snacks. I hate being clingy. I need to rinse or have hand wipes.

10. Create a road trip playlist

Music is a must for road trips and who likes to play DJ police? Not. Plus, downloading your playlist will make it accessible when traveling outside of your cell phone’s coverage area.

11. Hoodies, sweatshirts and sneakers

Being comfortable in the car (and with snacks) is a must. Hoodies and sweatshirts are my favorite outfit for the car. I could even wear my house shoes in the car. Zip-up hoodies allow me to cool down or warm up a bit when everyone in the car is feeling good.

12. Hiking Boots

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I like to be comfortable and prepared. A road trip can take me to explore rough terrain. I believe that every road trip should include at least one nature adventure. The more, the better.

13. Bring water

Be sure to bring bottled water and at least one gallon jug per person. You may need to wash your hands or drink some if you find yourself stuck somewhere for an extended period of time.

14. Top up your fluids

If you are bringing your own car, stock up on liquids a few days before you leave. Antifreeze, oil and even windshield washer fluid should be topped up. Make sure you won’t need an oil change in the middle of your trip. If so, do that before you leave as well.

15. Check your tire pressure

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When refueling the day before, also check your tire pressure.

16. Bring cash

Stop at your bank and collect some cash. You might need it to tip or buy things in smaller towns.

17. Tool Kit

Prepare a small tool kit for your car. Includes oil, filters and tire repair kit.

18. Consider AAA

Annual coverage through AAA is pretty cheap. And they cover you everywhere, even if you’re not traveling.

19. Bring friends who can share the responsibility of driving

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Bring friends who can (legally) share the responsibility of driving. Make sure everyone’s driver’s license is up to date. That’s all. This is the post.

20. Establish a driving/nap schedule

If you want to drive more to get where you’re going, set a predetermined driving schedule. The key to a successful schedule is to sleep when you’re not driving. Three-hour shifts work great!

21. Stop Driving

Stop driving, even if it means an extra night on the road. You can even drive a few hours a day to explore something super cool.

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22. Obey the speed limit

Obey the speed limit, especially in small towns. They are fussy about obeying all traffic laws, especially their (sometimes unnecessarily) slow speed limits just outside of town.

23. Be aware of traffic jams

Avoid driving in cities during periods of heavy traffic. Traffic jams can spoil the fun right out of a road trip. Generally, between 7:30 and 9:30 in the morning (going to town). And again from 3:30 p.m. to sometimes 7:00 p.m. in the evening (leaving the city).

24. Try traveling during the day

Try to travel during daylight hours. It’s the best time to see everything around and it’s also the safest time to drive. A safe road trip is the ultimate goal.

25. Consider the views from the main highway

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Driving a little off the route for sightseeing can be worth it. Starry Sky communities, for example, are always worth stopping by. These are places where you can see the Milky Way. These communities keep artificial light to a minimum so you can see the night sky better.

26. Be flexible

Things don’t go exactly as planned. That’s okay, the adventure is in your attitude. Whether it’s a flat tire or a spontaneous invitation to join a group of strangers around a campfire. Take (calculated) risks and enjoy the moment!

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