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Top Tips for Planning a Road Trip Around Europe

A few things to consider if you plan a car road trip in Europe

With the right music, the right company and a great plan, being involved in a road trip around Europe can be one of the best experiences. Considering the routes and services that are available to get around Europe, it’s no surprise that it’s a popular method for travelling around some of Europe’s best destinations. What’s favourable of all is that when you drive, it’s extremely flexible and there’s no rush to get from A to B. There are just a few steps that you need to take in order to plan for the best possible road trip.

Plan your road trip around Europe
A road trip in Europe can be a great holiday experience, as there are excellent roads to get
you to different European destinations. But you should plan it well to avoid problems.

Pick The Right Car

The most important part of the road trip is selecting the right car. You need to ensure that it’s comfortable for everyone, it’s rather efficient so you’re not draining too much fuel and it’s actually reliable. If you’re preferring to rent a car then remember that the majority of these come with a manual gearbox so if you prefer an automatic, you may need to pay extra.

Ensure The Car Is Checked

As well as having yourself prepared, it’s just as important that the car is prepared. So, ensure that you conduct a thorough check of the car before starting your European travel. There are several maintenance checks that you can carry out yourself. Alternatively, you could book the car in for an MOT before you travel if it’s due to expire.

You should also make sure that the car has all the essentials for the long journey ahead; a spare wheel, oil and jump leads.

Plan Before Setting Off

Considering you’ll be entering places you’ve never been before, it would be ideal to plan your journey and do a bit of research into the cities that you’ll be visiting. Consider what time you’re setting off too as driving in the dark can cause extra fatigue and the possibility of falling asleep at the wheel, which can be extremely dangerous.

Be wary that you’ll also be travelling in different destinations and regions which means you’ll need the right documents whilst travelling. If you’re unsure of which ones to take with you, visit immigration solicitors to gain advice before your trip.

Once you’ve got all your travel documents sorted and you know where you’re travelling to, get yourself a road map too. Although this may seem a bit old school, if the battery runs out, you’ll end up lost and not knowing where you are. A road map can keep you going whilst you charge the battery or in an emergency.

Finding your way with the help from mobile phone
Mobile phone and GPS can get your around easily, but it's also good to bring with you
the "old fashioned" paper road map to find your way, should electronics you rely on fail.

Pack Efficiently

No one likes the thought of packing but unlike the restraints you get with air travel, travelling for the road can be pretty flexible. Imagine you’re packing an overnight stay, but just add a few more essentials to it that will last the trip.

Considering you’re all travelling together, some items can be shared such as toiletries. For yourself, just make sure you have changes of clothes and underwear for each day. For electronic equipment and goods, you can consider packing a separate bag that everyone can use. Just make sure everything’s fully charged the night before.

There you have it, your ultimate guide for preparing for your road trip across Europe. If you need some inspiration with your travel destinations there are plenty of available to travel too. There are great routes that you can find across Europe to take you and your car buddies.

Author bio:

Jennifer Ranking is an experienced writer who takes her experiences from copywriting to construct her articles. Originally from the UK, she likes to write on a variety of topics including travel, health and business having worked with several businesses in the past through her freelance work.

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