Solo road trip!!! Can you smell freedom in it? It is a different feeling altogether, when you get to be the driver, navigator and have the choice of taking any route, detour, halt and maybe change the destination altogether. At the same time, it comes with a lot of responsibility – the responsibility to take care of yourself. Following are few life-saving tips for your next solo trip.
1. Stay in touch
Let your loved ones know about your travel plans. Give them a rough idea of travel dates with arrival timings and a daily itinerary. If mobile roaming charges are a concern, then get yourself a sim card on your arrival at the location. Call, drop a text message or an email to tell them that you have reached safely.
This is a pretty obvious point. A discharged cell phone is just like a saddle without a horse. Make sure you keep your cell phone fully charged and keep it in a battery saver mode. Carry your power banks again fully charged. Carry two chargers, so that you can charge your cell phone and power bank simultaneously. If you are traveling by car, then have a car charger.
3. Check your vehicle
Send your vehicle to the service station or a good mechanic for a full vehicle checkup, including tires, oil, lights, gas, and wipers. Have knowledge on how to change a punctured tire, in case of an emergency. You must carry a tool pouch which has all the necessary types of equipment required like a warning triangle, flashlight, and a first aid kit.
If you are a beginner on the road trip and got your first adventure motorcycle, it’s challenging yet important to learn essential riding techniques before hitting the trail.
4. Study Up On Your Destination
Research well about your destination. The culture, etiquette, safety measures, and clothing matter a lot. Respect the place’s culture by following it. If you don’t understand, then it’s always safe to be conservative. Women travelers must know the safety measures to take in case of any harassment. Be aware of public transportation for visiting local spots. Feed your mobile number with the local emergency number.
5. Stock Up On Food and Water
Carry non-perishable food and extra water bottles. Keep energy drinks to keep you awake if you are planning to have a long road trip. It’s always a good idea to carry healthy and nutritious snacks that are light and doesn’t keep you bloated. Avoid munching on salty snacks as they will dehydrate you.
6. Ensure Your Lodgings Are Safe
When it comes to lodgings, it’s very important to be a keen observer of the surroundings. Check how many entrances are into your room, and see that you can lock all of them. Keep the reception phone number handy. If you are not expecting anyone and you get a doorbell, don’t answer.
7. Stay Healthy
When traveling to a new place, research about the weather there. Carry your medications and an extra set in case your travel plan changes. See whether the water is safe to drink. Are there too many insects? Carry hand sanitizer. You get the idea!
8. Take a break
Sleep and rest are very important when it comes to solo road trips. It’s very important that you get your full 8 hours of sleep before you start for your trip. And while on the road, stop by every 1 or 2 hours to stretch and revive. Understand your car limits very well, like for how many hours can it run continuously, which terrains can it run, how far your vehicle will take you with the given fuel etc.
Carry with you books, music in a phone loaded with your favorite playlists, a pen drive (if traveling by car), lectures, podcasts, or audiobooks. This will keep you engaged, entertained, and alert. You can also tune in to the local radio station, though language might be a problem in a new place. But as long as you are happy and not bored, that’s okay.
Never travel without car insurance and travel insurance. Know the coverage, terms and conditions and whom to call when in a situation. In case of any mishaps, insurance may reimburse the doctor fees, medical expenses, any bodily injury claims, car protection, loss or theft of car etc. Some travel insurance even covers your travel cost in case of an emergency.
11. Plan your itinerary
Once all your travel safety basics are covered, it’s an important task to plan what all you want to see in the places you visit. One, it will save a lot of time; second, it will help you in maintaining a budget. It’s best to be mentally prepared regarding how much time you should spend at a place, what is the entry and exit time of a place, and any not-miss sites. Many of the places are while en-route. In this way, you get on the best of everything.
Use these 11 safety tips to plan your next solo road trip. Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures as these are memories that you are going to cherish forever.
Jessica Smith is a blogger who loves to write in different verticals. She co-authored Supercharge Organic Traffic: A popular course focusing on Organic Traffic for E-commerce. Her hobbies are reading.