by Zack Spring (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thinking about hitting the road with your significant other and exploring the other side of the country? Going on a road trip is an incredible way to strengthen your bond while visiting places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.
But an adventurous couple’s road trip isn’t as simple as filling up the gas tank and getting on the highway. Smart planning can help you avoid easy mistakes. Here are a few steps you’ll want to take to plan an amazing road trip with your partner.
Update Your Phone Plan
Before you get behind the wheel, make sure that your phone will keep you connected while you’re on the go. A road trip is a good opportunity for a digital detox, but you and your partner need to ensure that you’ll both be able to make a call in case of an emergency.
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The Perfect Packing List
Although you can always do a little shopping on the road if you forget something important, it’s far better to set out knowing that you’ve stocked up on all of the supplies you’ll need. Sit down with your partner and make a packing list together.
Start by writing down the essentials, like clothing, hygiene products, and a first aid kit. Jetsetter also suggests outfitting your car with a dash cam, car mount charger, and seatback organizer. Be clear about who will be responsible for packing what so that nothing is overlooked. If you realize that you’re in need of a few pricier items, like reliable camping gear, ask your friends and relatives if they have any equipment that you could borror.
Test-Drive Your Gear
It’s crucial to ensure that your new gear and equipment actually gets the job done, especially if you’ll be camping, hiking, or climbing for the very first time on this trip. You don’t want to be caught off guard by faulty products when you’re miles from civilization.
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Prepare for Troubleshooting
No matter how well you plan, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong on your road trip. Prior to leaving, take some time to talk about troubleshooting potential problems with your partner.
Do you know what to do if your car breaks down, especially if you’re far away from the nearest mechanic? What will you do if one of you gets sick? Does your budget cover spending for emergency situations? Discussing all of these scenarios in advance will make you feel more confident when you depart.
Create a Plan
If you leave for your road trip without deciding on a general route, you probably won’t get far before losing your way or bickering about where to drive first! That’s why it’s important to break out the map and think about where you want to go ahead of time.
But part of the fun of going on a road trip is having the ability to switch up your itinerary if you want. Leave a little wiggle room to check out other destinations with people you might meet on your travels. You might also want to budget for some rest days that don’t involve driving or visiting new attractions.
The idea of a totally spontaneous trip is enticing, but if you want to have a stress-free journey, preparing in advance is crucial. Before you know it, you and your partner will be packing up the car and cruising down the highway in search of adventure, embracing everything that happens along the way.