Spring is in the air - the open road is calling

Spring is in the air - the open road is calling

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Road Trip Planning

Road trips are exciting! We should know, we wrote the book. We love the thrill of embarking on a new adventures, exploring unknown territories, and creating lasting memories solo, or with loved ones. To have a successful and enjoyable road trip though, proper planning is essential. We're here to guide you through the various aspects of road trip planning, from understanding the basics to selecting your destination and packing smartly. So, buckle up - and get ready to hit the road!

Understanding the Basics of Road Trip Planning


Before you set off on your road trip, there are a few things you should consider. First, it's important to conduct thorough pre-trip research. This involves gathering information about the places you plan to visit, the attractions they offer, and any special events or festivals happening during your desired travel dates. This will greatly influence how you plan your stops; where to eat, refuel, stay and play. By doing this, you can maximize your enjoyment and make the most out of your trip. We've organized our printed guide the Next EXIT to be extremely user friendly to help make your pre-trip research even easier. 

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When conducting pre-trip research, consider looking into the history and culture of the destinations you'll be visiting. Understanding the background of a place can enrich your travel experience and provide a deeper appreciation for the sights you'll see along the way. Additionally, researching local customs and traditions can help you navigate unfamiliar territories with respect and sensitivity.


Another important aspect of road trip planning is setting a budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend on accommodation, food, fuel, and other expenses. Having a clear budget in mind will help you make informed decisions and avoid overspending.

When setting a budget, factor in some extra funds for unexpected expenses or spontaneous activities that may arise during your road trip. Flexibility in your budget can add a sense of adventure to your journey, allowing you to seize opportunities that come your way without feeling constrained by financial limitations.


Lastly, choosing your travel companions wisely can greatly improve your road trip experience. Consider the compatibility and interests of your companions to ensure a harmonious and enjoyable journey.

When selecting travel companions, think about their travel preferences and habits. Some may enjoy spontaneous detours and off-the-beaten-path adventures, while others may prefer a more structured itinerary. Finding a balance and open communication with your companions can lead to a rewarding and memorable road trip for everyone involved.

Selecting Your Destination and Route

When it comes to choosing your road trip destination, factors like weather, distance, and personal preferences should be taken into account. Research the weather conditions of your desired destinations during your intended travel dates. This will allow you to pack appropriate clothing and plan your itinerary accordingly.

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We cannot stress this enough. PLANNING YOUR ROUTE IS IMPORTANT. Consider where you want to go, the scenic routes, attractions, and landmarks along the way. Create a list of your must-see places and then plan your pit stops accordingly. We've listed great pit stops such as fueling stations, restaurants, hotels and more along the interstate highways in our printed guide the Next EXIT. This tool can help you wether you're in the trip planning phase, or already on the road. By taking time to plan your route, you can ensure that you make the most of your journey, save gas and avoid any unnecessary detours. Keep the Next EXIT with you in the car - this guide will help you avoid many of the problems associated with road trips.  


Moreover, it is crucial to have an understanding of road conditions and traffic patterns. Stay updated on any road closures, construction work, or congested areas. This will help you plan alternative routes and avoid any unnecessary delays.

Additionally, when selecting your road trip destination, think about the type of experience you want to have. Are you looking for a relaxing beach getaway, a thrilling mountain adventure, or a cultural exploration in a vibrant city? Understanding your travel preferences will help you narrow down your options and choose a destination that aligns with your interests.

Exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations can also add a sense of adventure to your road trip. Consider including lesser-known towns or hidden gems in your itinerary to discover unique attractions and experience local culture away from the typical tourist spots. These hidden treasures can provide a more authentic and enriching travel experience.

Packing for Your Road Trip

When it comes to packing for a road trip, it's important to strike a balance between being prepared and not overpacking. Start by creating a checklist of essential items such as clothing, toiletries, medication, and important documents. Be sure to take a copy of the Next EXIT guide with you - it might be your most used item while driving the Interstate Highways. Consider the duration of your trip and the activities you plan to engage in.

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Food and snacks are also an important part of the road trip experience. Pack a cooler with healthy, pre-made meals and plenty of snacks to keep you energized along the way. Avoid heavy and messy foods that can make the journey uncomfortable.


Another crucial aspect to consider when packing for a road trip is the weather conditions along your route. Check the forecast for each destination you plan to visit and pack accordingly. It's always a good idea to have a mix of clothing for both warm and cool weather, as temperatures can vary significantly during a road trip.

Furthermore, don't forget about entertainment options to keep yourself and your fellow travelers entertained during long stretches on the road. Consider bringing along a variety of music playlists, audiobooks, podcasts, and games to make the journey more enjoyable. A travel journal or sketchbook can also be a great way to document your adventures along the way.

Vehicle Preparation and Safety

Before embarking on any road trip, it's crucial to ensure that your vehicle is in good condition. Take your car for a pre-trip check-up to address any potential malfunctions. This includes checking the tires, brakes, fluids, and lights to ensure everything is in optimal working condition.

Equipping your vehicle with essential car safety equipment is a must for any road trip. Carry a spare tire, a jack, and jumper cables in case of emergencies. Additionally, consider investing in a roadside assistance service for added peace of mind.

Furthermore, it's important to remember that different weather conditions may require specific preparations. For example, if you're traveling to a snowy region, having snow chains, an ice scraper, and extra blankets can be lifesaving. On the other hand, if you're heading to a hot climate, carrying extra water, sunscreen, and a sunshade for your windshield is essential to stay comfortable and safe.

Lastly, having a basic understanding of car maintenance can be invaluable during a long trip. Familiarize yourself with tasks like checking the oil level, replacing windshield wipers, and jump-starting a battery. This knowledge can save you time and money, allowing you to continue your journey smoothly.

In conclusion, road trip planning is an exciting and essential part of any successful adventure. By understanding the basics, selecting your destination and route wisely, packing smartly, and ensuring vehicle preparation and safety, you are ready to embark on a journey filled with unforgettable moments. So, start planning your road trip today and get ready to explore the world on wheels!

Remember, a well-prepared vehicle not only ensures your safety but also enhances the overall road trip experience. Taking the time to clean both the exterior and interior of your car before setting off can create a more pleasant environment for you and your passengers. Additionally, organizing your belongings in the trunk or cargo area can help optimize space and make items easily accessible during the trip.

Our mission here at the Next EXIT is to help road goers everywhere have exciting memorable experiences out there. We hope your road trips are successful. Stay safe. Now, Let's go Somewhere!

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