Preparing for a Great Road Trip

If an epic road trip is in your future, and you’re looking forward to hitting the open road for adventures, a little planning ahead can make all the difference between great memories and catastrophe. You might even be taking this road trip abroad, having checked out the best time to visit Iceland here, and are going to be renting a camper van to drive around the place, so won’t necessarily have to worry about the things that this post is going to be talking about. If, however, you are going to be staying local and using your own vehicle, you should make sure that your car is going to be able to handle the demands that a road trip can bring before you start packing and working your way down your to-do list of other preparations.

Check out the resources at for tips on preparing your car for road travel. You can also find a local mechanic on the site that can give your vehicle a thorough inspection before you leave. In case you are unable to find a reliable mechanic, you can use the internet to look for an experienced and reputed mechanic. You can read the reviews and suggestions posted online about a specific mechanic. A simple web search with keywords like “mechanic in Arvada” or similar based on your location. You can ask the mechanic to check the status of your tire tread, brakes, fluid levels, transmission, battery, and more. You should have a mechanic check the status of your tire tread, brakes, fluid levels, transmission, battery and more. You’ll have a little piece of mind knowing that your car is in the best shape possible for hitting the open road.

Speaking of cars, it is not necessary that a car would be the best vehicle for your trip. If you’re traveling with other people who have a lot of luggage, you might face trouble storing it all in the trunk of your car. Instead, if you were to take a pickup truck like a Ford F-150, you could all sit comfortably in the front cab while all your luggage stays comfortably stored in the spacious truck bed. You would not need to worry about it being ruined as well, as long as you have a truck bed cover (find examples on that can protect it from the rain and other destructive elements during the travel.

Before you leave, you should also gather the necessary documents you need just in case you still find yourself having car trouble. If your car insurance policy includes roadside services, be sure to bring along any toll free number or other information used for those services. Also make sure you have your most current proof of insurance card and car registration. If you’re a member of AAA or another travel organization, be sure to have that information with you as well. If you do find yourself stranded in a place you don’t know, the service center locator can help you find a reputable mechanic anywhere.

You should also consider packing a small survival kit that could be helpful for the worst case scenario of finding yourself stranded on the side of the road with no help in site. Pack non perishable food items, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares, first aid items, small tools, water and any other helpful items you can think of. A little preparation goes a long way. And, if you find yourself stranded, you’ll be glad you thought ahead.