The weather is warming up for summer, and for many that means that vacations are on the horizon! Planning for your next vacation can take time and research, but when you know the most important places to start things get much easier. What are some tips for planning your next vacation? What are the most important things to keep in mind?
When to Get on the Road
First and foremost, knowing the best time to travel is a great place to start. Having a handle on good days of the week to travel beforehand can save you time and money, and it can help ensure your safety on the roads. Research shows that Thursdays are the most deadly day of the week in the trucking industry, thus getting the name Fatal Thursdays.
Generally, weekdays can be a bit more dangerous for large trucks than Saturdays or Sundays. This means that to avoid potential dangers as a smaller vehicle on the roads, it might be the safest option to head out of town on a Saturday or Sunday morning when the traffic is lighter.
Stock Your Car with Emergency Items
If you have a long road trip ahead of you, it’s a great idea to pack anything you’d need in case of an emergency. Make sure you have a spare tire and car jack, as well as any tools you would need for a quick fix if something goes wrong. Flares and reflectors are great to have as well—particularly if you’re driving during the night.
Pack healthy snacks and plenty of water—if your vehicle breaks down somewhere you’ll definitely need some sustenance. If it gets cold at night, you might want to bring a few blankets or warmer clothes.
Create a Rough Outline of Activities
No one loves having to stick to strict itinerary while they’re on vacation. Creating a rough outline of activities while you’re away helps solidify the things you really want to do while also leaving space to experience your destination as it comes!
Do your research before you head out to find out what the best times of day are to do the activities that are top priority. Then fill in the rest of the day around them with whatever you feel like doing while you’re there!
Vacations are meant to be a fun way to escape the stress of your typical workday. Keep these 3 things in mind to help ensure that you have a relaxing, stress-free and safe time while on vacation!