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.
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.