Now that spring is upon us and the weather becomes nicer by the day, our thoughts have turned to a time-honored Canadian tradition: the road trip. As the second largest country in the world, getting anywhere in Canada takes some time and planning in order to get anywhere.
Luckily, your friends at Mayfield Toyota are here to give you some tips on how to plan your next excursion and see the wider world beyond Edmonton, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Leduc, or Sherwood Park!
#7 – Plan Your Overnight Stops in Advance
Even if you’re only planning a one-night trip, it’s still important to know where you intend to rest your head at night. That’s why before heading out, decide what kind of place you’d like to stay (hotel, motel, campsite, etc.) and make some reservations – especially if you’re travelling during tourist season! That way you won’t find yourself tired and scrambling for bed, and you won’t be waking up cranky the next morning either!
#6 – Choose Your Route
With nearly 900,000kms of road in Canada, there’s almost nowhere you can’t reach by car. That also means there’s plenty of choice when it comes to how you reach your destination. Make sure you plan your route ahead of time, that way you won’t get lost. While driving down dusty roads and through isolated small towns may sound romantic, it rather loses its appeal if you’re lost and searching for the way back.
#5 – Keep a Budget in Mind
Road trips are an intrinsically expensive proposition. Between fuel, accommodations, and food, the expenses can quickly pile up if you’re not mindful. That’s why it’s important to keep a budget in mind prior to leaving – that way you can have fun without racking up a massive tab. Plus, sticking to a budget can help you decide where to eat, where you sleep, and what attractions you see.
#4 – Pack Smart
Packing your vehicle may seem like just stuffing as much cargo and people inside as possible – however, there is actually an art to packing. First, sure that heavy cargo is packed first – and packed tightly – so that it doesn’t slide about while driving. Also, make sure that the bags with things you’ll need first (like a change of clothes) are left on top so that easily access them. It’s also important not to stack things too high – you still need to see what’s happening behind you!
#3 – Bring Entertainment
While typically you’ll be making frequent stops along your road trip eat, sleep, and see the sights, sometimes you might find yourself on the road for an extended period of time. And while eye-spy and punch-buggy might keep you and your passengers entertained for a while, you’ll need something more. Make a road trip playlist with your favorite tunes to sing along to, or pick some books to entertain your passengers. Keeping your fellow road-trippers happy will make the journey more enjoyable for everyone.
#2 – Give Your Vehicle a Final Check
Nothing will ruin a road trip faster than car trouble, so make sure your vehicle is in ship-shape prior to taking off. There are just a couple minor checks you can do yourself, such as ensuring your tire pressure is sufficient, making sure your car’s fluids are above minimum, and that your tires have enough tread on them to see you through your trip.
#1 – Take it Easy and Have Fun!
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, make sure that you don’t rigidly adhere to a schedule. The best road trips are ones where you have time to relax and see the attractions you want – including the ones that you stumble across during your journeys. Remember, road trips are supposed to be fun, so relax and take it easy!
What did you think of our planning tips? Do you have tips for making the perfect road trip? Leave your comments below!