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Road Trip: Tips & Hacks for surviving a road trip

A road trip is fun especially if done with the entire family. However, there are tons of things to think about and organize before you can embark on a kind of expedition. The first thing to consider is how and when you are planning on taking your outing. Planning ahead of time will help lower the risk and trouble. 

#1. Optimal speed & Saving fuel. 

Driving at 90 km/hr. is the optimal speed for fuel consumption. If you drive at 120 km/hr. for example, you’ll burn through your fuel 25% faster. 

#2. When to use the A/C. 

If it’s a hot day and you need to use A/C, because who wants to sweat during a road trip?  It’s not enjoyable. If you’re going fast, so if you’re driving on the highway, you want to turn on the A/C and put up those windows you’re going to be way more aerodynamic. But if you are driving slower, turn off that A/C, put down the windows because it’s gonna be way more fuel-efficient. 

#3. Reduce your weight. 

Any extra pound is just gonna waste more fuel. I highly recommend, to empty the entire vehicle. Empty the trunk, look under the seats, get rid of all unnecessary weight, and only bring the things that you need. 

#4. Insider tip 

A little insider tip, if you want to save fuel then only fill your tank halfway, because fuel weighs a lot. So, if you only fill your tank halfway that could be 50, 100 pounds that your car isn’t carrying around. But you will have to fill your tanks more often.  

#5. Pick the right Vehicle 

If you’re going on a road trip with friends or family and all of you have a Vehicle, you’re going to want to choose a vehicle that is the most fuel-efficient. So, you know those manuals that come with the car? That is in the glove box that no one reads, well take that out, read it and see which one is the most fuel-efficient. 

#6. Pump your tires 

Keep your tires pumped up. It’s not just unsafe to drive with low tire pressure, it’s a complete waste of fuel.

#7. Entertainment 

You wanna have games when you’re on a road trip, especially if you’re driving for hours at a time. To have fun, you need to have games, and also when you stop somewhere on the side of the road it’s nice to have games to play.  

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#8. Interactive games 

Word games are great to play while you’re driving. But when you’re stopped for the night, you’re gonna want to play some more interactive games or hands-on games like Pictionary. 

Pictionary is one of my favorite games because all you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you can have hours of fun with it.  

#9. Safety 

Jumper cables, you are gonna need to have these in your car. Because if your battery dies, you’re gonna need them. Or if someone else’s battery dies you can help them out.  

#10. Tire jack and spare tire. 

First of all, make sure that your car has a spare tire, make sure that it works, and make sure that it’s inflated. Also make sure that you know how to change a car tire, that you have a jack to jack up your car, and you have a tool to remove your tire.  

#11. A tire pressure gauge and a pump. 

You’re gonna want the two of them so that you can check your tire to see if you need to pump them and if you do you’ll have a pump on you and you’re gonna want one that you can plug into a cigarette outlet or if you have a socket in your car you can plug it into that as well. 

#12. Check your tires and brakes 

Make sure that you check all of your tires and all of your brakes, before your road trip. You don’t want to run into any issues while you’re on the road.  

#13. A first aid kit.  

I feel like not many people have these in their car and I think it’s something important to put in your car if you don’t have one. Say you are hiking somewhere and you’re far away from the closest town, you cut yourself then you’ll have something in your first aid kit to help you a bandaid, polysporin, something to wrap up.  

#14. Pack tools 

It’s always smart to have some basic tools when you’re on a road trip. So, make sure you have a screwdriver, you have a wrench, you have a socket wrench set, you have pliers, gloves, even like a lamp. So, if you have to fix something at night, then you’re able to see. Like, a headlamp is so handy. 

#15. Paper maps 

These days everybody uses their GPS but, if you’re somewhere where you don’t have a signal or your phone dies or your GPS signal fails somehow you have your paper map to use and if you don’t know how to use one start figuring out now before you leave for that road trip. 

#16. emergency kit 

Having an emergency kit for your vehicle is a smart thing to have because if a light blows or a tire blows, you get a nail in there and you are far away and you don’t want to call a tow truck because tow trucks can be very expensive, it’s just good to have a little kit. They’re small little kits and they can save you if you get into trouble on the road.  

#17. Oil change 

Getting an oil change before you leave. You want to do this. Most cars need one every 5000 km. So, even if you’re on the road trip and you need to get an oil change go and do it because it’s gonna save your car’s engine.

#18. Get a Tune-up 

I would highly recommend giving your vehicle a tune-up before hitting the road. You never know if something needs to be replaced and you don’t want to spend, like half a day at a repair shop, when you’re on the road. Just make sure you get everything looked at, all your fluid levels are topped up, everything is checked before going on your road trip.

#19. Accommodations 

  • Places to stay for either cheap or free. 

Sleeping in your car. If you’re up for it why not? It’s gonna save you money and there are places like truck stops or parking lots that you can stay in for absolutely free.  

Another great thing about a truck stop especially if you’re on a road trip that’s taking several days and you haven’t had a chance to shower yet, you can do so at a truck stop.  

  • Stay with friends when you’re on the road.  

Stay with friends. But, just ensure you call them first. 

  • Stay with locals. 

Websites like,,, are all great resources for free accommodations. They offer their houses, their couches, sometimes even a bed for you to stay in for free.  

  • Camping

If you bring a tent when you’re on your road trip and you want to do some camping, there are tons of campgrounds all over Canada and the US, all of the worlds you can go camping. You can also use websites like,, or, you just signup and you can find places to stay for free. 

  • Rewards cards

And using points. There are credit cards that you can sign up for and you get free hotel stays just by signing up. Also, with these reward cards when you spend money on everyday things like grocery or gas you accumulate points that you can use towards hotel stays.  


We hope that this article helps you with planning and inspires you for planning your next road trip because road trips are some of our favorite trips. They’re so much fun. They can be very affordable too and you can do it over a long weekend.  

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