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5 Tips for the Perfect Road Trip

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Planning to hit the road this summer? Road trips can be a great way to travel alone or with friends, and they give you the chance to travel on a tight budget while taking in some pretty epic scenery along the way. While there is something to be said for spontaneity when it comes to road trips, being well-prepared is key to a successful and enjoyable trip, no matter where you’re headed. Before you head out, check out the top five tips for a perfect road trip!

5. Bring an Actual Map

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GPS and mobile maps are great, but even the best technology is prone to failure sometimes. Don’t risk being out on an abandoned country road in the middle of nowhere with no GPS signal to help you find your way back to the main highway! Stop at a gas station on  your way out of town and pick up a paper map to stash in your glove box, just in case. That way, if your phone battery runs low or something goes wrong with the GPS, you’ll have a dependable backup to get you back on the road again in no time.

4. Don’t Forget the Chargers

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Speaking of technology, having your phone or tablet on hand can be a lifesaver when you’re out on the road, but they’re pretty much useless if you run out the door without your charger. If you don’t already  have a car charger for your gadgets, pick one up before you head out of town, even if you think you’ll make it to the motel before you run out of power. If you’re bringing bigger items along, like a laptop, consider getting a universal car inverter, which will let you charge up bigger electronics when you’re on the go.

3. Pack Plenty of Food

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Part of the charm of road trips is saving money, but expenses can add up quickly if you’re stopping at a restaurant every time your stomach growls. Plan ahead by packing plenty of snacks and meals that you can easily grab while on the road, and don’t forget the utensils! Pack a cooler with essentials like salads, sandwiches, cereal bars, oatmeal packets and water or juice, and try to avoid stopping at fast-food restaurants during your trip. You’ll save both time and money, while eating healthier foods at the same time!

As a freelance writer, Kyle enjoys writing and editing diverse content for several businesses across the United States. Find Kyle on LinkedIn!

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