16 Must-Know Tips for Solo Road Tripping

17 shares Ready to take on a road trip by yourself? It’s a great choice for anyone who enjoys their own company or just needs…

Ready to take on a road trip by yourself? It’s a great choice for anyone who enjoys their own company or just needs some time away. If you’re set to embark on this solo adventure, we’ve got some essential tips to help ensure your journey is smooth and enjoyable.

1. Identify and Accept Your Driving Limits

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On a solo road trip, you must do everything independently. You can’t switch with anyone as a driver, so you must identify your driving limits and plan your travel accordingly. If you can drive for 8 hours daily, limit your driving time to under that. Try to plan several breaks in between to avoid exhaustion. 

2. Use Navigation Tools

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Navigation tools make all road trips easier and safer. Using multiple navigation tools beats using a single map you can follow. If your internet connection is stable, you can use Google Maps. If you have no access to the internet, prepare a paper map in advance. Ensure you’re using a legitimate map like the ones National Geographic offers. 

3. Pack Efficiently

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Always pack light when on a road trip. Hauling heavy luggage to a rest stop makes the trip unbearable, and the added weight burns your fuel. Packing efficiently and carrying fewer items is much more convenient.

4. Choose a Fun Theme for Your Trip

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Spice up your solo trip with a theme! Choose something that interests you, whether it’s art, culture, or rocking out to music. Explore national parks with art installations or hit the road to legendary music venues.

5. Book Your Accommodation in Advance

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When you’re planning your solo road trip, book your accommodation beforehand. From Airbnb to Booking.com, you have many options. Checking reviews helps you choose a great place and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

6. Use Roadside Assistance

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Keep the contact details of roadside assistance on hand. Having the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the Canadian Automobile Association’s (CAA) numbers can be a lifesaver on the road. You never know when you might need their assistance with a flat tire, dead battery, or other car troubles. They can provide you with quick and easy help with minimal hassle.

7. Bring Healthy Meals and Snacks

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Bringing healthy meals and snacks keeps your body fit and helps you save money. Rather than buying meals from fast food chains along the way, you can prep your favorite meals and pack them in food containers. You can bring grapes, trail mix, and protein bars for light snacks. 

8. Set the Right Pace for Your Drive

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While driving, enjoy the view with a carefree pace. Plan your driving time with breaks and rest stops built in. A leisurely pace lets you arrive refreshed and ready to explore.

9. Keep Yourself Entertained

Driving alone can be boring, but there are many ways to beat boredom safely. Listen to your favorite tunes, catch up on podcasts, or try a new audiobook. Just choose entertainment that lets you focus on the road.

10. Stay Hydrated

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Keep your water on hand and well-stocked on a solo road trip. While you risk having more stops for bathroom breaks, being hydrated guarantees that your body is always in good condition. Use a recyclable bottle for your water and keep it near you. 

11. Sleep Well Before Your Solo Road Trip

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Prepare for the road trip by ensuring your body is in top condition for driving. Sleep well before the day of the trip so you won’t be sleepy while on the road. To be safer, start the trip in the morning after a good rest. Make sure to schedule several breaks between your drives. Stopping every two hours can help your body avoid exhaustion. 

12. Inspect and Tune Up Your Vehicle

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Prepare your vehicle for the trip whether it’s a short or long drive. Have your car professionally inspected so that if repairs are needed, you can immediately fix them. Pay closer attention to your car’s tires and the cooling system. Make sure your car is in optimal condition before traveling. 

13. Get All the Insurance You Need

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Look into all the insurance you need to be completely covered on your solo trip. Check out your travel insurance to see if it’s updated and if you can still use it. Depending on the coverage, you won’t have to worry about hospital bills in worst-case scenarios or even hotel accommodations when included in your plan. Add roadside assistance and rental car insurance to the mix just to be sure you cover all the bases. 

14. Keep Yourself Alert and Attentive

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On a solo trip, you must be alert to avoid getting sleepy while driving. You’ll feel sleepy and bored on the road with no one to talk to. You can try to keep your eyes open by chewing gum and sitting up straight. Energizing scents like menthol and peppermint can also be used inside the vehicle. 

15. Stay in Touch With Family and Friends

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Since you’re traveling alone, stay in touch with your family and friends. Send them a short message or call to let them know your location and destination. The important thing is to keep them updated for your safety and their peace of mind. 

16. Plan and Plot Your Rest Stops

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More than just having breaks in your drive to avoid getting tired, you can also plan to visit amazing destinations in your stops. Get a map and look into interesting sites you can visit when taking your break from the long drive. You can also schedule them during mealtimes to eat out comfortably. 

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