MY GUIDE TO HAVING A GREAT ROAD TRIP AND GETTING YOUR CAR THROUGH IT.

I love road trips, which considering I don't drive yet usually just means me taking over the AUX cable and stuffing my face with chicken nuggets whilst my friends do all the driving. I'm actually road tripping with one of my best friends this weekend who I haven't seen in month, and will be on the way to a festival so I'm very much looking forward to it! As obvious as some of these points may sound, these are just a few things I think make up a great road trip, and also avoiding breakdowns and other disasters by making sure your car is running correctly and what to do if your car needs any services. 

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1. Make a great playlist. 

You've all seen the American movies where everyones seems to be having the time of their lives in a convertible car waving their arms in the air and listening to some sick tunes. A good playlist can make a long journey bearable and some throwbacks are always great. If you have Spotify, I recommend syncing your playlist offline so you can leave your phone on airplane mode and save battery!

2. Bring snacks. 

If you're not planning on making any stops or not sure how far the next McDonalds drive through is, then snacks are always a must! I recommend mini sausage rolls and haribo starmix, cause who doesn't love haribo starmix?

3. Know your route. 

Obvious, but the last thing you want is for your Sat-Nav, or google maps to stop working half way through the trip. Depending on the distance, it's always good to have your directions printed out and have the route more or less sussed out, especially if you're pressed for time!

4. Try taking the road less travelled. 

If you're not in any rush, then taking the scenic view can make the trip more enjoyable! I'd really like to do route 66 and I've heard driving through California is meant to be quite beautiful. Once I (hopefully) get my license this year I'm looking forward to road tripping around Spain!

5. Have your destination pre-booked. 

If you're road tripping through different towns, cities or even states then It's always best to have your destination hotel/hostel booked. I know in the movies it all seems fine and dandy to rock up somewhere and try booking a room, but the last thing you want is to arrive somewhere at midnight exhausted and find out there are no vacancies. Plus you'll save money too!

6. Make sure your car battery is healthy! 

Last but not least, you can't go anywhere if your car isn't running properly! and the last thing you want is to breakdown in the middle of your jam out to Wonderwall. With more and more cars relying on electronic systems it's important that this is managed. Making sure your car battery is healthy will avoid your system voltage dropping and causing other issues, and making sure your car has a long life span. Ossett Tyre House offer a range of car services and batteries that can be booked online through their site. They supply cheap car batteries that fit all makes and models and can also offer batteries for scooters, motorbikes or caravans. By having your car in top top condition it means that your sat nav, mobile phone chargers and players will also be safe for your journey!


Are you guys heading on a road trip soon? I'd love to know what some of your favourite songs are from when you're on the road! 

* this post was written in collaboration with Ossett Tyre House but all opinions are my own *


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30 comments

  1. I would LOVE to go on a proper road trip through California, it would be stunning and you could stop off at Disney! πŸ¦‹ I also love road trips in general, you can make them super fun even if it's only to one destination - great post G!

    Tab πŸ¦‹
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  2. I love a good Road Trip! This post is brilliant and such a good time for when everyone is planning their Road Trips. I love the idea of taking a less travelled route and also making sure your battery is good is key!

    I always have a good playlist at hand for any occasion as well as some yummy snacks :)

    Great post

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  3. I'm going to be planning a (small) road trip for my 30th birthday next Summer so this is something I'm so happy you've shared! I love all the tips and will be keeping them in mind for when I plan my trip more. πŸŒΈπŸ’—✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
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  4. We went on huge road trip from england to Portugal when we got married it was exhausting but so worth it going through France and Spain. We will be doing it again next year. Last year our father in laws car broke down so I'm making sure he gives his car a full health check before! xx

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  5. I really want to go on a proper road trip this summer, we sort of went on one for the coach journey from London to Croatia...except we didn't really stop anywhere along the way and if we did it was to grab food and water before heading on our way again.
    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

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  6. I'll admit, I've never ever ever been on a road trip but it sounds like so much fun!

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  7. Bringing snacks is deffo the most important!! If only I took as much thought and care over looking after my car, as I do my snarks. I will now!

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  8. These are such great road trip tips!! Me and my best friend used to go on road trips all the time when we passed our tests and the 2 most important things was the music and food... obviously the fuel and car is important too haha xxxxxxx

    Lucylovesbeautyxo.com

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  9. This sounds like such a great idea for a trip.

    I can imagine a healthy battery would be a great idea πŸ˜‚

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  10. Having good music on a long journey is a must! My other half plays some interesting music so I always bring my headphones too! xx

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  11. One of the things I want to do the most on my bucket list is road trip through America! I've driven around the UK a bit but I imagine America would just be amazing to drive around! There's some great tips here Gi! I especially love the playlist and haribo points as they're definitely an essential! Xx

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  12. I love road trips with my sister just for singing along to our road trip playlists. These are some great tips that I'll be factoring in to any future trips!

    Chloe x
    Thengguidetolondon.co.uk

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  13. California would be an amazing drive! I've only been in car journeys for around 2 hours at the longest and we were only there for the day/night so didn't stay. Seems like a good idea to book a head though! I've always got a play list ready for any trip!

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  14. I really want to do route 66 as well! Looks amazing. And snacks are definitely an essential for road trips- I always like lots of bags of crisps and sweets, though nothing too chocolately as it tends to make me feel queasy ha. And good luck with getting your license :)

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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  15. These are some great tips and great way to show a collaborative post! Snacks are always amazing for a trip, thanks for sharing x

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  16. Great post and great advice Gi! I love road tripping, I road trip multiple times a week, usually for work but when I'm actually road tripping with my friends or boyfriend its so exciting! I'm always the one that drives (mainly because I prefer being the driver apposed to passenger and I've got the biggest car) so I either make a playlist before and stream it through bluetooth and use my steering wheel to change the songs or let my friends play the cheesy 2000's music haha!!! Great post and some really good advice! xxxxx

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  17. Great points! Snacks and tunes are the two most essential things for a long car journey, I'm more of a savoury girl myself so a tube of Texas BBQ Pringles would be my choice! Route 66 is on my bucket list too!

    Lots of love Izzy | http://www.adoseofchatter.com

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  18. As I'm one of the few people in my friend group who can drive, I'm usually the one getting my friend with the AUX cable to feed me chicken nuggets while I drive hahah πŸ˜‚ You have some great advice here, especially about making sure your car is in good condition before setting off, it's so easy to forget but it's so important!

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  19. It sounds like you're going to have so much fun, road tripping is something I've always wanted to do, and what better way to do it that with your best friend! I love these tips too!

    Hayley | www.crueltyfreehayley.com x

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  20. I love a road trip! For me, the journey is just as exciting as the destination. I totally agree that tunes and snacks are an absolute necessity. I'll often have a cheeky Macdonalds breakfast if I can and stick the ipod on. Finding music the whole family agree on can be tricky! I am useless at the practical elements though - I need to get much better at checking batteries, oil etc.

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  21. I remember leaving a comment on this post before but it doesn't seem to be here?!?!

    I loved reading this and I am ALWAYS the one who makes the playlist in a road trip!

    Rebecca, libfemblog.com xo

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  22. Some really great tips. I've never been on a road trip but its definitely one on my bucket list!

    Becks x

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  23. Sounds lovely! I can't wait till my boyfriend passes his test and we can go on roaadtrips xxxx

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  24. I do love a good road trip so really appreciate your tips - a good playlist is essential haha

    Holly x
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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  25. I love the car it's so cute! I seriously want to go on a road trip soon!

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  26. Haribo star mix is snack goals!! I don't drive but I like going on road trips with friends that do. Usually we are on our way to a concert!

    V <3
    http://sirvikalot.wordpress.com

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  27. I'm the most organised person on trips in general! I have everything printed out, everything booked and a packing list for every type of trip! I've never been on a road trip but I'd love to do one across the States! My friend did one a couple of years ago and loved it!

    Sian x
    www.theenglisheverygirl.com

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  28. Great guide! I have bookmarked this post, because it really is so helpful!

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  29. I was going to go on a road trip with my friend about 4 years ago, but she has a vintage car and her brakes failed three days before we were supposed to go! We ended up being driven the entire way there by her dad and met up with our other friends there! Snacks and music are a must. And water! I always forget to sort myself a drink out!

    One of my favourites is a little cheesy, but it's "Life is a Highway", the Rascal Flatts version!

    Hannah
    hannahinternational.co.uk

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