Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Road Trip to-do List

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If you’re hankering after a vacation either on home turf or somewhere a little more adventurous, then taking a road trip is the perfect way to go. You can do everything according to your own schedule, plus you can take everything you need with you – no luggage restrictions here (well, unless you drive a cheeky cinquecento like @smillieboi). Whatever you decide to do, you’re going to have to think about exactly what you want from your hire car, from how many passengers you want to carry down to aircon, style and how you will banging out your music.

If you’re hankering after a vacation either on home turf or somewhere a little more adventurous, then taking a road trip is the perfect way to go. You can do everything according to your own schedule, plus you can take everything you need with you – no luggage restrictions here (well, unless you drive a cheeky cinquecento like @smillieboi). Whatever you decide to do, you’re going to have to think about exactly what you want from your hire car, from how many passengers you want to carry down to aircon, style and how you will banging out your music.

Make a list of all your essential requirements, then make one detailing your journey – where you’re going, how long you’ll be on the road for each day – things like that. Read reviews and tips on the blogosphere and glean useful advice from road trip troupers. You will be surprised how many people how been on road trips and have written about them on the web. No matter where you head there are some great places. The car you plan on hiring should not only be large enough to comfortably transport you, your passengers and all your gear but decide how you want to travel as well. If you have an old banger at home, why not see how far the budget stretches and get something nice? You will be surprised on the level of car you can get for your money. The driver should be happy with the car they’re going to be piloting for an extended period, so make sure they’re happy with how comfortable it is.

If you are doing it in summer, air con is a must. Although through the country and on the beach windows down is great, banging along a motorway isn’t. There’s nothing worse than being cooped up in a stuffy car, but most cars should have aircon. Road trips are all about fun and positive experience, and while you might well be able to forego such luxuries on a trundle down to your local supermarket, being uncomfortable for a few weeks could send you a bit mad. If you can, think about a convertible if the weather is due to be good, that’s where the real fun begins! Yes they are more expensive, but if you shop around you can get a deal.

Most people listen to music when they drive, so making sure that there’s either a CD player (if you still use them) or jack input (or both) is another essential so you can connect it your iPod or MP3 player. No trip out on the open road’s complete without a suitable soundtrack, may we suggest at least one listen of ‘Born to be Wild’??

Prices will vary, a week in a cool compact will probably cost you around £100, jump to an Insignia or similar (which we love!) and you are only up to £150 ish which is a no brainer. You can even get something like a Audi A5 or Mercedes C-Class for around £200 on some weeks, which in our opinion is a great deal.

Whatever you do, make sure you rent a car from a reputable company. Ensure that you have the appropriate insurance cover for your trip and your hire car, and make sure you know what deductibles you’ll be liable for if the worst happened and you had an accident. It’s all about safety in the end isn’t it?

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