10 Steps to the Perfect Road Trip

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1. Start with an Adventure Fund

So you want the perfect road trip? Ain’t no boundaries like money problems. Kick things off the right way by keeping an adventure fund for those weekends you know will eventually come and all you will want is to get away. Its as simple as it sounds: save some for a rainy day.

2. Ditch Tech & Get a REAL Map

The biggest mistake made by Gen X and Gen Y is to take your problems with you. Try ditching your phone and computer for a few days – you’ll be surprised how refreshing it is and how little anything changes by the time you’re back on the line.

3. Map out a Plan

But don’t just ditch the tech, make a small investment in a real map – you know, those things that existed in pre-historic times before the planet iPhone invasion? Now for the fun staff: map out a general route. While some people prefer to go with the wind and see where it takes them, you’ll want to be sure you have a general route mapped out for your adventures in order to optimise the fun. Getting lost and running off course is, of course, definitely advised.

4. Make (healthy) Snacks

What’s worse than being hungry? Being hungry and not being able to eat, that’s what. Before you go prepare some healthy snacks to take along for the journey and be sure to package them smartly before you set off – no one likes ending up covered in banana mush.

5. Pack a Polaroid or Fujifilm Camera

Old school is making a return and no one ’round here is complaining about it. Pack yourself an instant film camera to see the fun times come to life right in front of your eyes. Also be sure to make a collage in your room when you get home and relive the memories long after the journey ends.

6. The Mix-Tape

An essential road trip accessory that is often overlooked – the incredibly important mix-tape. Don’t rely on the radio, it will never do your journey justice. Should you need a little inspiration, refer to the Wanderlust Playlist to get started.

7. Don’t Leave Home Without

There are of course a few things you shouldn’t leave home without, despite your best efforts to be spontaneous. Never forget insect repellant, ziplock bags, a torch and usually a driver’s licence will help, too.

8. Friends

Never could a road-trip be successful without this key ingredient. Choose wisely and with two pre-requisites: a) they must be fun and b) they must be fun.

9. Road Trip Games 

No road-trip is a road-trip without ’em. Even if you end up playing I-Spy — it’s still something.

10. An Open Mind

Because its the journey that matters, not the destination.

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    Christine King
    December 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Fantastic tips Brooke. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely use some of these.

    Christine King
    Photography, Travel, Lifestyle

    December 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I’m going on a solo road trip in a couple weeks. I loved reading these tips!

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    Alana and Kyra
    December 10, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Awesome tips!!! Will use some on my next road trip. 🙂

    December 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Great tips! I’ll take these awesome ingredients to my next trip 🙂

    December 9, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Great tips, will use them next time I am doing road trip in France or elsewhere.

    Marie @ Marie Away
    December 9, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Oh, I’m famously bad for 20 Questions as a road trip game. These tips are certainly truth, things no road trip can forego. I’m looking forward to road tripping in Iceland when the spring comes!

    Stockwell tenancy cleaners
    December 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I’m dreaming of one road trip but can’t do it now and that make me so sad.

    December 8, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I’m looking forward to plenty of roadtrips this Aussie summer!

    Chalsie | The Workshop Co. x

    December 7, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Great tips as I’m planning a road trip in 3 weeks.

    December 7, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Great ideas. Planning my next trip away gets me looking forward to spring!

    Best holiday destinations
    December 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Nice views. thanks for sharing.

    December 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Will use these tips when planing my road trip to Cuenca in a couple of weeks! Thank you)

    December 6, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I love a good road trip! They are a very special kind of experience – especially during the warmer months when you haven’t got a care in the world. 🙂

    Raza from

    December 6, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Using an old school map is great, but I haven’t been able to look back after getting a GPS for the car. It makes traveling so much easier. I love your last point about having an open mind. The best road trips are spontaneous ones!

    December 6, 2014 at 1:23 am

    All these things would definitely make the perfect road trip!

    December 5, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Brooke thanks for the great tips for perfect road trip.
    It would be better if you provide an protection tips in trips.
    Have a nice day!

    December 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    This makes me want to go on a road trip so badly! I like the idea of having a real map and not just your phone!

    December 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I REALLY like number 2! That’s a great idea.


    December 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Wonderful tips! We are planning a road trip at the moment of Arkansas, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and not sure after that. I shared your tips with my family.

    Mary Lyndall
    December 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

    All I want to do is travel the world. That has been my dream for years. Hopefully soon I will be able to go on my first trip abroad!!! I love all of these tips especially for having the perfect playlist for the journey.

    December 5, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Great tips! I’m going on a road trip very soon, so I better start planning the snacks and maybe even a mix-tape. I think music is the most that we struggle (everyone has a different taste)! haha Thanks for sharing these!

    Department of Wandering
    December 5, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Road trips create the most special travel memories. If you ever get the chance, Brooke, you must do a roadtrip through Austria and northern Italy, ensuring that you take the spectacular Stelvio Pass — it’s breathtaking!

    December 5, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I’m loving the idea of road trips lately!

    Currently planning a week-long road trip in Mexico for a week in March/April. That requires a bit more planning (and a flight and rental car), but I’m looking forward to hitting the open road!

    December 5, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Love to get in the car and just drive somewhere.. you’ll end up in the most amazing places