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How to Plan a Road Trip 

By Sabrina Tosh

On the road again! Planning a road trip can be an exciting and memorable experience. Whether you are traveling alone or with a group of friends or family, there are several steps you can take to ensure a successful and enjoyable trip. Here are our top tips to help you plan your next road trip: 

Decide on Your Destination 

The first step in planning a road trip is deciding on your dream destination. Consider factors such as the distance, weather, and attractions in the area. If there are multiple destinations, choosing the scenic route is your best bet for the perfect road trip. Research multiple routes to mark exciting stops along the way.  

Determine Your Budget 

Once you have decided on your destination, it’s important to determine your budget. Consider the cost of gas, food, lodging, and any activities you plan to do. Make sure you have enough money set aside for unexpected expenses. 

Plan Your Route 

Plan your route. Add your stops and pin your favorite points. Consider any scenic routes or detours you may want to take along the way. Plan for rest stops and meal breaks to ensure a comfortable trip and don’t forget to take pictures – you’ll want your memories with you forever. 

Book Accommodations 

If you plan to stay overnight on your road trip, make sure to book your accommodations in advance. Book your stay at one of the 4,300 Best Western® Hotels & Resorts for convenient and comfortable lodging. You’ll find properties everywhere, from big cities to small towns! 

Pack Accordingly 

Make a packing list of all the items you will need for your road trip. This may include snacks, drinks, a first aid kit, entertainment (books, games, music), and appropriate clothing for the weather or any activities you plan to do. During stops, make sure to keep all of your items locked up in the trunk to ensure all packing items are safe. Leave room for souvenirs, too! 

Prepare Your Vehicle 

Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is ready to go. Make sure to check the oil, tires, brakes, or any other necessary maintenance. It’s important to have a spare tire in your vehicle in case of unexpected breakdowns and sign up for roadside assistance in case of emergencies. Preparation in advance ensures your most stress-free road trip, and limits, literal, bumps in the road. 

Enjoy Your Trip 

Finally, remember to enjoy your road trip. Soak up all the car tunes, take in the scenery, try new foods, and make memories that will last a lifetime. By following these tips, you can plan a successful and enjoyable road trip that will be memorable for years to come.