With travel restrictions getting stricter across the globe, it just might be the perfect time to embark on a long trip. But, there are a lot of things to factor in while preparing for one. In all likelihood, there's a chance that you may have forgotten something even when you thought you'd already packed everything.
So, here's a comprehensive checklist to allay your worries.
1. Get your driving essentials
This goes without saying, but if you're planning on going on a road trip, you'll need your documents. This includes your driver's license, insurance papers, and car registration papers. It also might be prudent to get a spare key just in case you end up losing one by mistake.
While the maps on your phone should suffice, it's always better to have a physical map on you. You can also download Google Translate onto your phone to break through language barriers and Splitwise to make it easier to split bills and other travel expenses equally.
Other than the bare essentials, you may also need a car survival kit just in case you land up in an emergency. This kit should comprise of an extra set of tires, towing rope, a water-resistant flashlight, an electric charging wire, and wrenches of varying sizes.
2. Don't forget to get your car serviced
Since you're going to be driving your car for an extended period of time and distance, do make it a point to get your car serviced in order to avoid delays and unwanted breakdowns in the middle of the road.
Some of the things that you should be taking a keen look at are the condition of your tires, wipers, headlights, and air conditioners. Get your wiper fluid, coolant and brake fluid replaced as well.
3. Make sure your travel documents are in place
In case you're planning on an international trip, then ensure that you have your passport and visa on you at all times. You can also apply for an international driver's license if you want to drive around the country and not hail cabs or local transport. Some countries do insist on carrying some form of proof of vaccination, so do your proper research regarding the list of diseases that you're expected to be vaccinated against.
Regarding financials, inform your bank beforehand that you'll be using your international credit or debit card abroad. If you don't have an international card, then you can get a travel card that allows you to open a foreign bank account and apply for a debit card at a nominalized fee. But, it's always a good idea to have some local currency on you.
4. Pack a first aid kit
Irrespective of where and how you're traveling, the one thing that you need to have on you is a first aid kit. It's a must-have in case you land up in an emergency and should consist of a premedicated band-aid, an antibacterial ointment, a hand sanitizer, and a dozen paracetamol tablets.
If you're someone who experiences bouts of allergy or hypersensitivity reactions, carry an Epi-pen with you. Also, add in a couple of protein bars or crisps to this kit just so that you have some form of food on you at all times.
5. Don't skimp out on entertainment
Since a long trip entails a lot of travel, you're likely to be needing some form of entertainment to kill time. If you're on a solo trip, you can carry along your tablet or laptop to give you company. But, do make it a point to carry such valuables safely.
Some simple hacks that'll help you keep your valuables safe and sound while you travel include ensuring that they're included in your insurance policy, buying backpacks that come with locks, and carrying such precious cargo along with you instead of leaving it behind in your hotel or comfort stay.
However, in case you're traveling with a group of people, a board game or something similar that can be played through a phone is the perfect way to spend some quality time together. For a road trip, have your playlists downloaded onto your phone or go down the old-fashioned route and burn them onto a CD to be played on your car.
6: Cozy down and get your luxe on
You don't need to compromise on luxury just because you're traveling in your car. You can make your journey comfortable with just a couple of extra buys. A travel pillow, sleeping bags, UV protective shades, eye masks, or some of these additions. They don't cost an awful lot but can vastly improve your experience.
While a long trip can be extremely exciting and enjoyable, packing for one on the other hand can prove to be really stressful. Missing out on an important document or a travel accessory can negatively impact your experience.
So, having a checklist and going by it can help assuage those fears and help in turning the preparatory phase of a trip much less worrying and time-consuming.