There’s nothing quite like that warm buzz you get before a road trip. Whether you’re ‘staycationing’ or crossing boarders into pastures new, knowing that you’re hitting the open road stirs up that feeling that you’re about to embark on a Fear and Lothing style trip. But before you set off on a raucous journey into the unknown you have to pack the car, and if like us, you have a camper, packing gets even more complicated with the likes of bedding, cooking equipment, power hook ups and so on.
Travelling in the car for extended amounts of time requires a few key ingredients. Firstly, you have to have a great music selection, when we bought our camper we went straight to the electronics shop and bought a digital radio with USB port so we could use our phones and ipods, ensuring that we had our entire audio catalogue at our finger tips, as well as the ability to play our favourite digital station, radio 6! The second most important thing, has to be food and drink, if you start getting ‘hangry‘, you know the arguments will follow soon after so make sure you stock up with all your favourite snacks.
The Legal Bit
Driving through different countries often requires certain equipment, for example if we leave the UK and cross onto the continent we’re required to have a GB sticker on the back of the car. Be sure to pack your driving licence and international licence as well as travel insurance documents. And research the rules for each country you’ll be driving through, sometimes you need high vis, red triangles and breathalysers, and for other countries you just need to make sure you keep your wits about you.
Before you leave home you should always check the oil, water and your tyres. If you’re heading somewhere really cold you might want to thinking about changing over to winter tyres so you have extra grip on the icy mornings. Oponeo is a great place to check consumer reviews and pick up some tips on which tyres are best for you, plus you can order them online or over the phone and have them delivered straight to your front door.
So wherever you’re planning on heading to next be sure to follow the advice above and most importantly… have fun, there’s no better feeling than hitting the open road!