6 Road Trip Mistakes to Avoid

Traveling is Supposed to be Fun. Don’t Let Road Trip Mistakes Ruin Your Vacation.

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Do you love going on road trips? There is something quite magical about going on road trips with your loved ones.  We go on a few road trips as a family ever year. The combination of being together, discovering cool new places and covering miles and miles of open road is thrilling.  However, there could be epic fails along the way, if you do not properly prepare for your road trip.  Below are a few tips on road trip mistakes to avoid:

6 Road Trip Mistakes to Avoid

 Not bringing enough snacks

If you or your travel companions tend to get hungry in between meals, having readily available snacks is ideal. I have a growing tween and he always seems to be hungry. Snacks are great for quelling those growling stomachs and hunger associated bad attitudes, without having to make extra stops. crackers, candy, trail mix, and nuts are examples of good road trip snacks.

Forgetting camera accessories

I am notorious for leaving behind my charger or memory card so now before we leave, hubby always asks me if I have everything I need for my camera. The best tip I can give you is to double-check your chargers, memory card and other camera equipment before you leave.  You may also want to consider packing an additional memory card for longer trips too.  This will allow you to document your journey with lots of pictures and short videos.

Over-planning your trip

All good road trips involve making a plan; however, you should be open and willing to make changes whenever necessary. Road trips are adventures and just like any other adventure, circumstances will inevitably come about that require changes and flexibility.

Not being prepared for an emergency

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Letting your gas tank drop below half-full

In normal day-to-day living, most people are able to fill up their tanks at a moment’s notice. However, this might not be the case while out on the open road. As such, it is important to fill up the tank often, even if it is not close to being empty. This will prevent you from becoming stranded if you happen to wind up on a long highway stretch with limited gas stations and rest stops.

Driving while you’re tired

It is important to take occasional breaks during the road trip. This is especially true for extended road trips. When I was in law school, one of my roommates crashed on her way home to Atlanta. She made the 17- hour trip alone and fell asleep. Luckily she walked away without a scratch, but that may not always be the case. Finding a comfortable spot to lay your head for a night or two will keep you rested and ready for the adventures that lie ahead.

Road trips provide the opportunity to rejuvenate and experience new locations. When traveling through unfamiliar places, your attention and senses are typically heightened. As long as you prepare and you are open to making necessary changes, you will be able to avoid road trip mistakes and fully enjoy your trip.

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people

Road trip mistakes to avoid

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About the author


Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

6 Road Trip Mistakes to Avoid

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