It’s fantastic that you’ve finally decided to go on a road-trip with your beloved partner. The two of you are probably expecting to have a blast while on the road and you have every right to have great expectations. A road-trip is an opportunity for the two of you to spend a lot of time together, away from the boring daily routines, work and other aspects of your busy lives that prevent you from enjoying each other’s company.
However, in order for your long-awaited trip to go well and for many wonderful memories to be created, there are quite a few things you should take care of before you set off. Unfortunately, you can’t just pack your suitcases, lock the door and fill up the tank. If only it were that simple. Still, if you start preparing on time and have a checklist with all the things you need to take care of, you’ll stand every chance of having the time of your life with the person you love. So, here is what you need to do:
Pick the right destination(s)
One of the most important things related to a road-trip is to carefully choose the right destination that you and your partner would be excited to visit. Be prepared to make compromises up to a point and don’t frown when your partner suggests a place you’re not so keen to visit. After all, it’s about doing the stuff that makes you both happy and you can definitely survive a day in a place that is not of much interest to you just to make your loved one happy. Finally, they should do the same when it comes to your wishes. Ideally, you’re both into the same things and this is never a real issue.
Plan the journey well
There isn’t much point in spending countless hours driving each day, just to reach a destination late at night and hit the sack as soon as you get into your hotel room. That’s why you need to plan shorter trips between destinations, which will allow you enough time to wander around without feeling exhausted.
No-one plans to be ill or injured while on holiday, but only those smart enough have a backup solution in case they are travelling abroad. Neither of you should be without a comprehensive medical insurance during your trip. So, make sure you do a thorough health insurance comparison online before the trip and choose the option that covers as many possible scenarios as possible.
Start packing early enough
Make a list of the things you need to pack, taking into consideration the weather forecast for the places you’re planning to visit. Start packing well before the trip and don’t forget to try to fit all the bags in the car at least one day before the trip to make sure you have enough space for everything.
Have a surprise up your sleeve
Secretly pack a bag that should contain some nice treats for you and your partner, such as those you can’t find while on the road. A few bottles of your favorite wine sound like a good idea, but we’ll let you use your imagination when it comes to surprising your partner. Also, you could delight them by organizing a romantic night at some of the destinations. Book a table for two in a local restaurant or a spa treatment and they’ll love you even more.
Entertainment for the road
Don’t forget to prepare a playlist or two, with your favorite songs. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the car and you want to make it as enjoyable as possible. Include your partner’s favorite tracks, too. That’ll keep your spirits up throughout the journey.
If you’ll be away for a long time, make sure you have someone come to stay in your house or at least visit it regularly to take care of the plants and pay the bills if necessary. Also, don’t post your plans and details about your trip online, since you’d practically be inviting burglars to your home. Instead, let just one or two trustworthy friends know about your plans, so that they can reach you in case there is an emergency.
Make copies of important documents
You should always have copies of important documents, such as you passport. Losing your passport while abroad or having it stolen can be a major problem that can seriously ruin your experience. However, with copies of your important documents you’d be able to sort everything out much faster and continue enjoying your road-trip.
If you prepare well for the trip, both of you will be able to make the most of it and you’ll probably create memories that will last forever. You’ll get away from the dull everyday routine, at least for a few days or weeks, without having to worry about anything but how to have fun. And what more can you expect from a holiday?
Fiona Wood is a lifestyle blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. She is in love with good coffee, croissants and fashion magazines. In spare time she plays tennis and traveling around the world.