The year 2020 changed everything for all of us, so when we are thinking of traveling, it’s not as easy as it used to be a couple of years ago.
On the one hand, the number of flights was reduced, and cruise ship trips almost stopped altogether.
On the other hand, the number of cars on the roads has increased because people have realized that traveling with their own vehicle is currently the safest option.
Keeping in mind all the benefits of traveling by car, make sure you prepare well before going on a road trip, especially in the current circumstances.
Be well informed
At the moment, the most important thing is to be well-informed. Find out as much as you possibly can about the following issues: the current epidemiological situation in the region where you are planning on going, recommendations and guidelines issued by the local authorities, and if there is a need for a negative covid test as evidence when entering your accommodation.
What would also be wise of you to find out is if there are markets and shops where you can safely buy your groceries and their working hours.
These are all very useful and good ways to further protect yourself and your family.
You will find most of the information on the government website, various forums, or simply by asking friends who have had similar experiences.
Use a reliable vehicle
It would be nice to just teleport to our perfect hideaway and escape the stress and the pandemic, but unfortunately, that is still not an option.
What you can do, though, is planning a nice road trip, and for that, you are going to need a reliable vehicle. If you are planning on using your own car, make sure it is in perfect driving condition.
Contact your mechanic and ask them to check the brakes, oil and filters, tire pressure, and to see whether your vehicle has any hidden flaws that might cause troubles on the road.
If they determine that your vehicle is not ready for a long journey, it is better to rent a newer and more reliable vehicle that will allow you to travel safely.
After all, it will cost you less to rent a good car than to put your own and your passengers’ health and safety at risk.
Thoroughly clean your vehicle
Even though in the time before the pandemic, a bit of dirt on (and in) your car was tolerated, now things are different, and you should take hygiene seriously.
Because your car keys and the area around the wheel are often the dirtiest, you should regularly disinfect your hands before you start driving.
Make a habit out of it, and pretty soon, you’ll notice that your mind will be at ease because you’ll know that you have cleaned the inside of your var.
Another good idea is to check car washing services along your route, especially if you’re traveling with kids. This way, you can hand your car to pros to have it thoroughly cleaned while your family has a nice break to breathe some fresh air or eat some snacks.
It would also be good if you kept a box of antibacterial wet wipes close by so you can easily wipe your steering wheel, gearbox, handrails, buttons, etc.
Make a plan
We feel that it’s imperative that you make a detailed travel plan at these uncertain times and try to stick to it as much as you can, especially if you are traveling with children.
It was easy to make a detour to take a closer look at a roadside attraction in pre-pandemic times. Still, these days it’s better to drive straight to your destination.
Download offline maps and explore where you might stop for a lunch or bathroom break; check to see if the roads are clear and always try to plan an alternative route just in case.
Having a good itinerary will save you headaches and possible unpleasant surprises. We also recommend free mobile apps with which you can help you plan the route in detail, enter passing stations or even enter your vehicle’s model and calculate the total fuel consumption.
Keep your documents in one place
There is nothing worse than distraction and disorganization when traveling.
While large luggage and suitcases should be safely stored inside the trunk, you should pack a bag or a backpack with essentials such as water, snacks, toiletry bag, toys (in case you are traveling with children), a power bank for your electronics, and of course, your documents.
You should know where your personal documents and money are at all times, which is why you should keep them close so that you can reach them easily.
Traveling has changed drastically, and it has evolved into something no one could have predicted last year.
Still, your trip can easily be as enjoyable as the holiday itself if you take the time and effort to plan it right.
We know that many would rather enjoy spending their time on a beautiful beach on an exotic island. Still, road trips can be simple, fun, and even educational.
Don’t despair over things you can’t change; instead, make the most of the opportunities you have at the moment and enjoy your road trip.