How to Prepare for a Road Trip

How to Prepare for a Road Trip

The end of the year beckons, and what better way to celebrate than by going on a road trip with your closest friends or family? You can’t deny the appeal of a road trip – it’s the type of things you know you’re going to talk about for years. There’s something about exploring remote areas of the country kilometers at a time that speedier travel can’t match.

However, you’ll have to do a bit of planning if you want the trip to go as smoothly as possible. That’s not an issue, though. The amount of fun you’ll have on the trip far outweighs the energy you’ll put into getting ready. Here are a few tips that will make your road trip one to remember:

Check Your Car

Long-distance trips can be very demanding on your car. Make sure the vehicle you travel in is in optimal condition. A few weeks before the trip, have a mechanic check the car’s brakes, tires and fluid levels. Make sure there’s a correctly inflated spare tyre in the vehicle as well as jumper cables and an emergency triangle. If you’re using your vehicle, make sure your car insurance is in order in case of an emergency. Request an online insurance quote if you’re not already covered, as you don’t want to be on the road with no protection.

Clean Your Car During the Trip

Most people are sensible enough to clean their car before a long trip. But as the trip proceeds, caution is slowly thrown to the wind. Before you know it, there’s a napkin under the car, a cubby hole full of fast-food wrappers and a cup holder full of receipts. Even if you can tolerate a bit of messiness, the accumulated junk will eventually drive you mad and can even be a danger to you and your passengers.

This can be avoided easily. Dedicate between 15 minutes a day clearing the car of any junk that’s accumulated during the day (either before or after each day’s journey).

Stay on Budget

No matter how tempted you are to splurge on a particular item, a road trip is not the ideal time to do that. Follow a strict budget and make sure you have a bit of cash on hand. A lot of unexpected things could happen during your trip – your car could break down, or you might need to stay at a hotel for an extra night. You never know when you’ll need to spend more than you originally planned. It’s also a good idea to carry a credit card ready in case you don’t have enough cash on you.

There’s no better place to clear your mind than the open road, especially at the end of the year. It’s the perfect way to unwind before closing off the year and replenish your energy for the new year challenges that lie ahead. If you ever find yourself wondering what to do at the end of the year, gather up a few of your mates and take a long trip to wherever the road leads you. Remember to live your way!

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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

See you on the road!


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