The phrase road trip evokes visions of open highways, scenery stretching out before you, adventure and freedom. However, the reality is a road trip is more flexible than taking a plane to the same location, and certain amount of planning is called for to ensure everything works out well.
There are two ways to plan a successful road trip. The first is to organize the trip, by plotting out routes in advance, planning stop points along the way, searching for hotels in towns, and making reservations in advance. One benefit of this is you will know where you will be staying, and not have to worry about getting a room. Some travelers do find planned stops too confining. For these individuals, the open method of planning a road trip is preferable.
Travellers should be prepared for emergencies when taking road trips. This means taking the vehicle to a mechanic, getting the oil changed and all fluids checked and topped up. Also, check the tires, balance and rotate them if required, inspect the spare tire and jack. The traveller should check the radiator cap for the right pressure when checking coolant levels. Also, check with your vehicle insurance company on their policies for emergency roadside assistance regarding this particular type of trip.
As any reputable emergency roadside assistance will tell you, having a back up kit in the car should include: 2 gallons of water, 4 quarts of oil, transmission and steering fluid, brake fluid, windscreen washer fluid, towels, and some old rags. Also always make sure you have jumper cables in the trunk. You should also carry a first-aid kit. And before leaving, check to make sure you have all your auto and health insurance cards, and not forgetting a car charger for the phone.