Over the years, I have been to a zillion of road trips. And no wonder, the best ones are the impromptu ones. Nothing like seeing a new place or new country on a road trip. The unexpected surprises, the changing landscapes, detours and dozens of pit stops not only makes road trips fun but adds an extra zing to the travel experience.
India, no doubt is famous for some insanely gorgeous road trips be it the western ghats, Manali to Leh Road trip or the epic Kashmir to Kanyakumari road trip. But unfortunately, in India, it is not easy as compared to other countries to set your car rolling without a proper planning. Blame it on the lack of infrastructure or scarcity of resources.
Here we pop out everything that you should do and grab before you start rolling your car for an ultimate road trip.
– Planning –
The utmost important thing is getting your car serviced and making sure the car tank is full. More than that choosing the right car for the trip depending on the road condition and duration is another major thing that you might take into consideration. If you are planning an interstate road trip then don’t forget to carry all your car documents with you to avoid unnecessary hassle.
If you are planning a road trip on a long weekend or to a touristy place, book your stay in advance so that you don’t end up compromising your stay after paying a hefty price.
( Read: Save Money on Flights & Accommodation )
– ROUTE –
Check the best route and condition before venturing out. Some routes might be closed due to weather or other circumstances so it is better to plan your route well and are aware of the duration.
In India, it is better to ask locals than completely relying on Google Maps. Stop by any restaurant, shop or check with locals in case of confusion.
Downloading Google Maps offline is also a smarter way to make sure you are on the right track as Google maps and GPS might ditch you or may not work everywhere.
( Read: Latest Features of Google Maps )
– CASH –
You won’t find ATM’s or bank everywhere in India. Even all the shops don’t entertain payments via card. So, carrying cash comes quite handy. Always carry change as there are numerous toll checks sprinkled all around India and having change will make the process of payments faster.
– Must-Have Essentials –
Hand Sanitizer & Liquid Soap – It is a must as you won’t find the best of toilets while driving on highways.
( Note: The best places to stop for toilet breaks on highways are Cafe Coffee Days or any good restaurants )
Paper Napkin – It is good to throw few boxes of paper napkins as it might come handy on your road trip.
Straws – Straws are quite essential if you want to stop for coconut water or sugar cane juice. Having one saves you from using the dirty ones.
Plastic Glass, Spoon & Plates – It is always good to carry a set of plastic glass, spoon, and plates for unexpected pit stops.
Hand/ Face Towels – Pack one hand/face towel.
Medical Kit – Bandages, dressings, antiseptic cream, motion sickness tablets, basic medicine for cold, fever and dysentery should be kept handy.
Safety Tools – Pack a Flashlight, Pepper spray, Scissor and Knife for emergency or unexpected encounters.
Power Bank or Mobile Charger: Keep your phone charged and stay connected with your loved ones.
– SNACKING & DRINKING –
Drinking Water – There are numerous cafes these days on the highways but it is always better to carry few bottles of drinking water in your car. You never know when you might need it. Apart from bottled water, we also carry our Lifestraw bottle all the time.
Snacks – Carrying snacks and drinks not only will just fuel you for the day but limit you from devouring unhygienic food. Stuff your car with tons of healthy stuff to munch on.We highly recommend carrying some fruits for your road trip. Energy Bars, Biscuits, chocolates and nuts are also great to pack.
If you want to take a culinary journey and love your veggies, ditch your favorite Lays and pack few packets of tasty silver and black bags of Terra Chips which has been recently launched in Indian markets.The chips are delish and come in different amazing colors and flavors.
Terra Chips focuses on coming up with a diverse range of root vegetables ( from Sweet potato, Beet, Carrot, Parsnip, Taro, Yuca, Apple, Coconut to Plantain ) with distinctive color and flavors. The Mediterranean series has a Mediterranean twist and the root vegetables are loaded with a generous amount of herbs and a hint of lemon. Original ones come with veggies sprinkled with sea salts and the Terra Sweet Medley are the colorful versions of the sweet potato, purple sweet potato, and Batata.
You can order your packet of yumminess online on Amazon and Big Basket.
– RIGHT MUSIC & COMPANION –
Last but not the least, pick your favorite travel companion and download your favorites songs before hitting the road.
( Read: Best Road Trip Songs )
– APPS & NUMBERS –
Important Numbers –
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