I don’t know about you, but I can do everything I can to avoid wandering on the road! Of course, finding some problems along the way is part, so why not plan a little more before going out into the world?
In road trips, care needs to be doubled, after all, in addition to worrying about accommodation and tours, you need to research more about destinations, plan stops, take food and water in the car… There are many concerns, but I guarantee that every second is worth it 😉
To help plan this dream road trip, I have separated 10 tips that can make your life a lot easier during the trip! Feel free to give even more alternatives in the comments, see? The more information, the better!
First of all, you need to know what documents are needed to drive in the destination country. More than 100 countries accept an International Driving Permit (PID) which can be applied for on your state’s DETRAN website. The document is ready quickly and is safer than taking only the CNH, right?
It is very important to know the road conditions before renting a car. When we traveled through Carretera Austral, we rented a 4 × 4 which was indispensable in the points where the road had holes and gravel.
Looking for economy cars is also important to avoid spending a fortune on fuel. In order not to run the risk of running out of the desired car at the rental store, book in advance.
MAPS ARE NEVER TOO MUCH
It may seem pretty obvious, but it is super important to have a good GPS at those times. You can use an app on your phone, but will the battery run out? I always think it’s good to have a separate device to avoid getting into trouble, because let’s agree that getting lost on a road trip is one of the biggest problems!
You can rent one when you get the car at your destination, but prices are usually high. Depending on the amount of travel days, it is more worthwhile to buy a GPS that will serve you for many years.
Offline maps, like the maps.me app, are also very welcome. Download the map of the desired location and so you can be more relaxed even without a signal. Of course, a traditional paper map can also help 😉
BUY A CHIP
You won’t want to use your cell phone data and pay a fortune when you get home, right? Search for local operators and buy a SIM Card. Having a good signal and internet access is great, especially when you’re looking for a gas station or restaurant in the middle of the road 😉
TAKE A PORTABLE CHARGER
What’s the use of having internet on your cell phone without a battery? On a road trip this item is simply indispensable! As you will be in the car for a long time, it is good to take a charger that gives several loads so as not to run the risk of running out of communication.
KEEP THE CAR WITH FUEL
You can’t even imagine running out of fuel in the middle of the road, right? In addition to researching the distance from the service stations, it is always good to leave the tank stocked and, depending on the place, it is even worth taking an extra gallon in the vehicle.
SEARCH FERRY AND TOLLS
Research the quantity and price of tolls along the way and already take money changed to facilitate. If you have to take ferries, research the times (which may vary in low season), the price and even if it is necessary to book in advance.
PLAN STOP POINTS
If you make the trip in high season, it is very worthwhile to book hotels. In addition to saving, you don’t run the risk of running out of a place to spend the night!
For those who like a more organized route, you can still use Google My Maps to mark the places you want to stop on the road, such as restaurants and even sights.
Road conditions can change at any time. In addition to stretches with works, snowstorms and even landslides can make the road unfeasible. In Iceland, for example, road.is. it shows in real time the conditions of the road and it is super important to keep an eye on not getting bogged down in the snow like what happened with me and Paulo. Traffic monitoring apps, like Waze, are also great allies within cities!
TAKE WATER AND FOOD
Last but not least: take food and drink in the car. A thermal suitcase can also be useful depending on the style of travel and how many hours you plan to spend in the car.
If the trip is shorter and you don’t want to have a meal in the car, be sure to bring at least some snacks and water. Unforeseen events happen and nothing better than being forewarned.
Did you like the tips? I hope I made your planning easier 😉