Map your Road Trip Escape Plan

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There are various stages of planning when it comes to executing the perfect road trip. The sooner you start the planning, the more likely you will have a successful trip.

3 Months Before You Go

  • Start daydreaming about where you like to go.
  • Get roadside attraction apps, park guides.
  • Research parks, monuments, and attractions before you go.
  • Define the purpose of your trip (visit, attractions, roaming).
  • Use Google Maps to calculate the driving distances.
  • Arrange annual vacation time, or leave of absence from work.
  • Renew the passport if you have less than six months remaining.
  • Get another credit card, from another vendor as a backup.
  • Scan important documents into your computer.

1 Month Before You Go

  • Check your insurance coverage and make sure that it meets your coverage needs; see if roadside assistance is included.
  • Create a budget for this trip.
  • Purchase special event tickets.
  • Decide on which towns you’ll be exploring.
  • Notify the day care, school, etc., of away time.
  • Go to the dentist for checkup and cleaning.
  • Get an international driver’s license if required.

2 to 4 Weeks Before You Go

  • Set up automatic bill payments if you have not already.
  • Buy collapsible bowls and eating utensils.
  • Buy food coolers.
  • Get travel and medical insurance.
  • Set up a post office box
  • Buy a postal mail redirect to the box.

1 Week Before You Go

  • Do a visual inspection of the car tires and engine.
  • Fix any windshield chips or cracks.
  • Get the routine car maintenance done.
  • Enter important phone numbers into mobile.
  • Put valuables in safety deposit box.
  • Tell your financial institution about your trip.
  • Enter medial info into cell phone notes.
  • Put valuables in safety deposit box.
  • Get spare home keys made.
  • Plan your final itinerary for time limited vacations.
  • Put regular deliveries (newspaper, grocery, etc.) on hold.
  • Place utilities on hold (water, internet) for long trips.

1 to 2 Days Before You Go

  • Take out at least $200 in cash from an ATM.
  • Check bank account balances and transfer funds
  • Clean out the car interior of non-essentials.
  • Load the “stay in the car” items including car chargers.
  • Check for the spare tire, jack and essential tools.
  • Get gas and top up the window washing fluid.
  • Buy snacks and food for the day and next morning.
  • Prepare music playlists, and eBooks or podcasts to listen to.
  • Charge up the cell phone and all electronics.
  • Start packing by organizing stuff into piles.

The Day Before You GO

  • Pack your overnight bag. Check out this Rolling Duffle Bag. 
  • Pack the non-perishable storage cooler.
  • Turn off the clock radio.
  • Pack the toiletries into a zippered container. This 13 piece travel bottle set is perfect for the road.
  • Turn off any electric heaters.
  • Turn off furnace, water heater, fireplace, pilot lights.
  • Water and feed all the plants.

Just Before You Go

  • Get changed into comfortable driving attire.
  • Listen for traffic closures or construction.
  • Do one final inspection of your car.
  • Fill up jugs and bottles.
  • Empty, clean put away water filter.
  • Pack the main cooler around the ice packs.
  • Check that all doors and windows are locked.
  • Take digital photos of your home.
  • Set the home security system.

Have Fun!