20 Point Checklist You Need Before Your Road Trip

vendredi 14 octobre 2016
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When it comes to road trips the better you prepare, the easier it becomes. The more meticulous you are in laying out your plans, the more enjoyable the trip is likely to become. There are about twenty things to have or keep in mind before heading out.


Research the route. It pays to know where you are going, how long it is, and what kind of roads will get you there. The only way you can get this information is to go to the relevant sites online and get a proper trip guide maps.


Hire/Get a car. If you have your own car then it's fine. If not then you will need to hire a car. In the event that you hire one, as much as possible avoid one-way fees as they are too costly. Get a circular charge. Lastly make sure the car is in good condition.


Get travel insurance. There are lots of companies that offer a number of excellent travel insurance packages at very affordable costs. You don’t want to be out there, hundreds of miles from home with the risk of not having a travel insurance.


Reserve hotels. From TripAdvisor to Booking.com there are lots of sites through which you can review hotels, compare prices and book your accommodation. Never assume that you will simply find a hotel or guest house wherever you are going.


Check the season. If you are travelling to a winter region, make sure that your car is well suited for the wintry conditions. Also lots of parks, and reserves close and open in particular months of the year. So make sure you confirm their status before leaving home.


Plan for Downtime. When planning for the road trip, you have to nail down your itinerary. Make sure it is as tight as possible. After that add a few hours or days into it, to account for delays and unexpected twists and turns. Create time for exploration and a few detours.


Keep your local SIM card. You can negotiate with your local telcos firm to place a hold on your line and unlock the handset to avoid amassing huge phone bills by the time you come back. Then choose an alternative travel SIM card for the trip if you are going out of state or region.


Get a map. Relying on navigational apps is okay. However, you will need a physical map for areas where the cell traffic is weak or the accuracy is questionable. You can print the online map or buy one from online retailers like Amazon.com or eBay.


Get a visa. You can apply for most visas from a country’s immigration sites or their customs offices. Avoid the third party sites which charge three or four times the amounts charged at the government sites. Make sure you adhere to the rules that govern the visa including time and permitted areas of travel.


Have Your driver’s license. Ensure that you have a valid license and if possible get for yourself an international license. An international license comes in handy when you need to cross international or regional borders. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to regulations.


Inform Your Next of Kin. When you leave home, leave behind a copy of your itinerary to a loved one. Tell them at what points you will call and when you expect to be back. Inform them to call you or call law enforcers in case you aren’t in touch within a set period.


Report to the local authorities. When you arrive at a local region, pass by the law enforcement office or immigrations or any relevant authority and acquaint yourself. Let them know you are in the area and how long you intend to stay. It could come in handy in case a crisis ensues.


Check the regions dos and don’ts. Some areas have strict dress codes. Some don’t allow pets. In some regions, the visitors are restricted on where they can and can’t go. Ask around before you venture out into the streets.


Have extra cash. Carry your credit cards, but also have some ready cash with you. Cards get stolen or lost, or they may jam and sometimes they carry the risk of fraud. Have some pocket money in case of such an eventuality.


Have a Camera, Memory card. You will want to take photos and memories that you will carry with you back. So have a good phone that can take pictures. Also, take a camera with you as well as a memory card for storage purposes.


Get a good backpack. Make sure you have a backpack that can fit all your belonging. In case you have to leave the car behind to hike some routes then you won’t struggle with luggage.


Have a first aid kit. Carry a first aid kit with antacids, band aids, anti-itch cream, lubricant, sunscreen, laxatives and antihistamine. Also, have with you a pair of scissors and several bandages as well as pain killers.


Keep abreast of local news. Make sure you can access some of the local news channels. You can follow them on social media for the period that you are in the region. This will help you know what major issues are going on around you and prepare yourself in case you have to evacuate quickly.


Carry some dry foods. Get yourself cereals and dry snacks for the journey. If you are heading far from home, you may find out that you can’t stand their delicacies. You will also need to feed and rehydrate during the journey.


Stick to Your Travel Plan. Make room for adjustments but as much as possible stick to your itinerary. It will keep you safe, predictable, efficient and also save you money. It will also help others to know where to start in case they need to look for you.

Rencontrer François Dumaine

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