Road trips are always good when shared with loved ones, but when your friends and family are busy, and you’ve packed up the car to head out on adventure, sometimes you’ve just got to go on your own! Honestly, when you’re out on the open road with nothing but good tunes and a big bag of snacks in the back, it can be quite fun!
But going it alone on a road trip, especially if you’re in a different country or just an area you’re not familiar with, can be a daunting task to take on. You won’t have any backup to hand, or moral support/different skill sets to rely on, and you’ve really got to manage everything yourself. However, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds.
Try to Keep Up to Speed
Seeing as you’re on your own, and if this is your first time being so, you may want to take your independent road trip at some speed. Make sure you only include the must see sites on your itinerary, with a bit of wiggle room either side of your journey in case you run into something else to do, to keep you on the move with the dust trailing behind you. It’s a safe way to travel, as it’l ensure you’re never bogged down in one area for too long.
Even if you have a few things to cut out of your journey, like a festival or a cultural experience, you can always come back another time, and hopefully bring someone else with you to make the journey feel safer and easier. You’ll also have the advantage of knowing what to expect this time!
Learn a Few Roadside Fixes
Whether you’re in a car or planning to make a trip on a motorcycle, with the wind in your face and hair, you’re going to need to learn a few DIY fixes ahead of time to make sure you can deal with whatever the road throws at you.
So, do you know how to change a tire? Do you know how to change the oil and water in your engine? Do you know what to do in case of a radiator leak? Do you even know what tools should be kept in the boot? If not, make sure you can answer all of these questions before you set off!
Most of all, it’s a good idea to know how to keep the battery going in your vehicle. Of course, don’t idle in your car to stop it from going flat, but if it does, have a set of micro start xp10 jump leads in the back just in case. You may also want to carry a spare with you, to use for jump starting (or replacement) if there are no other vehicles around.
Pack an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is going to be your saving grace at some point, thanks to the possibility of Murphy’s Law striking at any time. And seeing as you’re possibly already quite nervous about going on a road trip on your own, it’s a good idea to prepare for any potential emergencies occurring.
So, what should be in your emergency kit? A torch and some first aid supplies, at the very least, such as bandages, plasters, small scissors, antibacterial wipes and some painkillers. However, you’ll also want to pack a blanket, in case it’s a cold night, as well as a spare set of clothes, some non-perishable foods/water, and maybe even a spare fuel can in case the nearest garage is miles away. It might be a good idea to pack some car essentials, such as antifreeze or fuses.
Travel During the Day
Finally, always try to stick to the roads during the day, and have an itinerary that always makes it possible to find a place to sleep for the night when the sun goes down. It’ll be much safer for a sole traveler like you to keep out and about in broad daylight, and then be surrounded by other road trippers in similar situations when it’s dark and you need to rest. A service station car park or a truck stop are both great places to bunk down, if you can’t make it to a motel or hotel.
An independent road trip is something you can become accustomed to in very good time! They can be a lot of fun – just make sure you’ve packed right and know what to expect.