Ten Point Checklist – Planning Your Orlando Road Trip- Guest Post
Or any road trip for that matter
When was the last time you watched a road trip buddy film that showed any of the planning involved? Have you ever seen them pullout their copy of the Ten Point Checklist – Planning Your Orlando Road Trip?
Movies make it seem so easy, as though it requires nothing more than shoving a bunch of junk food in the trunk and taking off for a week of wild fun and crazy hijinks.
It really does take a bit more effort than that. If you are planning your Orlando roadtrip (a popular destination), you should make sure you properly prepare for not only the time spent there, but the trip driving there and back. No matter how far your will be going to reach your destination.
Here is a ten point checklist: Planning Your Orlando Road Trip to check off when getting ready to hit the open road.Ten Point Checklist - Planning Your Orlando Road Trip Click To Tweet
1. The Best Route
You should always plan your route before you go. There are a few reasons for this. First, it saves time on the road. Second, if you look at traffic conditions ahead you can find unexpected closed roads or detours. Third, it will help you establish a number of the factors below.
There are quite a few tools online that will help make this easier. One good one is Freetrip, as it has a feature that allows you to avoid tolls, or favor scenic routes. Of course, Mapquest is one of many map services that has a mobile app for free, compatible with both iPhone and Android.
2. The Cost of Fuel
The first step here is knowing how your car is on gas. Fill it up and for a few days watch the mileage to see how much passes until you are near empty. From there you can calculate the miles to travel to Orlando through your selected route. Take how many miles you get per tank and put that against how many miles you have on your route. This will give you an average.
The best way to make sure you are getting as close as possible of an estimation is to check current gas price averages in each state you will pass through. There will be a bit of a disparity, of course. But you will get a good idea.
3. Distance Between Inhabited Regions
For whatever reason, people seem to forget this one quite a lot. The US is a massive country, and yet the majority of each states population is centered into a few areas. The rest is mostly open space with occasional farmland or livestock grazing. So knowing where towns and rest stops are along the way can be beneficial, just so you can plan out meals, bathroom breaks and how long you will be driving before stopping for the night.
4. Frequency Of Stops
When you know where things are, you can decide on how often you will stop. But this is sometimes better to keep open, especially if you have children who might need you to stop more frequently. So have a blueprint, but don’t hold yourself to it that strictly.
5. Car Breaks
You should plan for more than just getting out to use the bathroom or get food. Staying in a car too long can make you tired, cranky and sore. Not to mention those who suffer from car sickness, which can hit anyone when they have been in a moving car for more than a few hours.
So plan to occasionally stop at a rest stop area or park to let people just walk around. Give your kids a half hour or so to run around and play. It will make the trip infinitely more comfortable. In any case, it’s also useful to have some back plan, for example, bookmark CheapCarRental.net, install the iPhone app for emergency care help, get some auto repair help anywhere, etc. Here are more travel apps to check!
If you are driving with another licensed adult, plan ahead how often you will switch off. You might be tempted to be the only one driving, but it is too easy to fall asleep at the wheel or feel strained. Everyone should take breaks every few hours, if possible.
7. Tolls and Meters
Don’t forget that tolls happen to be all over the place in the US. While you can attempt to plan around them, sooner or later you will find one. Meters, as well. So keep a decent amount of cash and change on your person to cover it. Most don’t take credit cards.
Plan your hotel and motel stays ahead of time, not just for when you get into Orlando. Plan your route and then schedule the places you will stay as you go along. Keep in mind that you will have to follow their check-in times. But this is usually pretty open for most places, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
9. Emergency Planning
Don’t forget to plan for an emergency! This is important…you never know what could happen. Keep a first aid kit, blankets, plenty of water and non-perishable food in the car. If you are going in a rainy or cold month keep kitty litter in case your tire gets stuck in the mud or snow. Have a cellphone with a backup battery, if possible, and road flares and flashlights.
10. Difference In Route Back
When planning your back route, remember that it won’t be possible to just trace your way back in many instances. So have a route pre-planned before you ever go, with the same process as those above worked out.
Ten Point Checklist – Planning Your Orlando Road Trip – Conclusion
This ten point checklist – Planning Your Orlando Road Trip might seem like a lot of work, but taking care of these ten things will make the road trip part of your Orlando vacation go much more smoothly. Which means you will be able to relax while you are there, and enjoy yourself without worry.
Guest post by Jessy Troy a travel blogger. You can follow her on Twitter as @JessyTroy
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