Pick The Right Car
The most important part of the road trip is selecting the right car. You need to ensure that it’s comfortable for everyone, it’s rather efficient so you’re not draining too much fuel and it’s actually reliable. If you’re preferring to rent a car then remember that the majority of these come with a manual gearbox so if you prefer an automatic, you may need to pay extra.
Ensure The Car Is Checked
As well as having yourself prepared, it’s just as important that the car is prepared. So, ensure that you conduct a thorough check of the car before starting your European travel. There are several maintenance checks that you can carry out yourself. Alternatively, you could book the car in for an MOT before you travel if it’s due to expire.
You should also make sure that the car has all the essentials for the long journey ahead; a spare wheel, oil and jump leads.
Plan Before Setting Off
Considering you’ll be entering places you’ve never been before, it would be ideal to plan your journey and do a bit of research into the cities that you’ll be visiting. Consider what time you’re setting off too as driving in the dark can cause extra fatigue and the possibility of falling asleep at the wheel, which can be extremely dangerous.
Be wary that you’ll also be travelling in different destinations and regions which means you’ll need the right documents whilst travelling. If you’re unsure of which ones to take with you, visit immigration solicitors to gain advice before your trip.
Once you’ve got all your travel documents sorted and you know where you’re travelling to, get yourself a road map too. Although this may seem a bit old school, if the battery runs out, you’ll end up lost and not knowing where you are. A road map can keep you going whilst you charge the battery or in an emergency.
No one likes the thought of packing but unlike the restraints you get with air travel, travelling for the road can be pretty flexible. Imagine you’re packing an overnight stay, but just add a few more essentials to it that will last the trip.
Considering you’re all travelling together, some items can be shared such as toiletries. For yourself, just make sure you have changes of clothes and underwear for each day. For electronic equipment and goods, you can consider packing a separate bag that everyone can use. Just make sure everything’s fully charged the night before.
There you have it, your ultimate guide for preparing for your road trip across Europe. If you need some inspiration with your travel destinations there are plenty of available to travel too. There are great routes that you can find across Europe to take you and your car buddies.
Jennifer Ranking is an experienced writer who takes her experiences from copywriting to construct her articles. Originally from the UK, she likes to write on a variety of topics including travel, health and business having worked with several businesses in the past through her freelance work.
Site updated on 29. April 2021