The fall break is coming closer and you’ve probably started thinking about your next getaway. As the pandemic is still affecting air travel massively, many Americans are turning to the classic road trip for their sense of adventure. Travelling by car is a much safer option than other forms of transportation where you would be more in contact with people outside your home. The US has so many hidden gems and all you need for your road trip is a car and few other essentials. A big plus is also the total flexibility – no timetables, no schedules (probably a welcomed change to uni life). Keep in mind that the current pandemic will restrict your flexibility a little bit but you will still have an amazing time if you consider our 10 tips for the perfect road trip during your fall break.
Pick the perfect route
With more than 3.7 million square miles and 4,071,000 miles of road, there are many scenic places to discover in the US. Your preferred route depends on your personal interests and the duration of your trip. However, there are many recommendations to be found online, like New York’s Finger Lakes with its quiet country scenery where you can visit the wineries and hike the trails. If you head through Pennsylvania, you could visit Jim Thorpe, a borough that is called “Switzerland of America” because of its mountain scenery and architecture. Unsurprisingly, California is one of the best places to road trip in the USA and its size and diversity provide many options. One is the iconic Pacific Coast Highway along the California coast which covers 655 miles of stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, stretching from San Francisco to San Diego. A great idea is also New England which has beautiful fall foliage and lots of hikes and historic places to stop, or the classic Route 66. You will have many amazing options to choose from.
Get an extended auto warranty
An extended auto warranty can protect you from unexpected repair costs and gives you coverage that your original factory warranty may not offer. Even though you may think that purchasing an extended warranty is not necessary, be assured that it’s good to do so as you will be left paying for expensive repair costs when your original factory warranty has expired. You will also be able to take your car to any repair shop whereas manufacturer warranties usually require the car to be taken to a specific dealership. Having an extended auto warranty from a reputable provider such as Olive gives you peace of mind and worrying is the last thing you want when hitting the road, isn’t it?
Take a coronavirus kit
During these times you shouldn’t forget to pack all your pandemic essentials: extra face masks, hand sanitizer and also some snacks so you don’t need to go to many restaurants. Other essentials like extra toilet paper and some medications are also important. If you’re traveling with someone else, remind each other to sanitize your hands after every pitstop.
Plan your route in detail
As tempting as the spontaneity of the open road might be, this year it’s definitely safer to plan your route at least a bit. Travel restrictions and policies on everything from toll-booth collection to rest areas change all the time which means that having a plan is important. Read all the available information about areas and restrictions before you start your trip and keep some alternative routes in mind.
Take precautions in hotels and rentals
You probably don’t want to sleep in your car every night. But when it comes to your chosen accommodation, you need to make careful choices this year as the coronavirus can live on some surfaces for up to 72 hours. If someone with the virus has stayed in your room, you are under risk to get it too. Remember to wash your hands more often and to sanitize them (and maybe even the surfaces). You might also want to think about alternative solutions, like the following…
Choose campgrounds over hotels
As the transmission risk is way lower in outdoor spaces, sleeping in your own tent is the best way to avoid contracting the virus. It’s best to avoid facilities and equipment which has been used by others and to maintain social distance. Outdoor activities are perfect in these times – and also cheaper and a lot of fun! Just remember to take some warm clothes with you in order to be able to layer up as the nights can get chilly.
Think about where best to eat
Even though some states allow dining in at restaurants, it’s safer to find alternatives to minimise the risk for infection. Take your own favourite snacks with you or choose somewhere that has outside seating with tables at least six feet apart.
Wear comfy clothes
Being in your car for a certain amount of hours, you want to be as comfy as possible. Who knows how long you will be driving for, especially if the traffic could take long. Wear comfortable clothes like sweatpants, shorts, loose t-shirts, leggings and a light jacket.
Research rest stops and gas stations
Make sure to research good rest stops and gas stations that are located on the route you plan to take. There’s also the unfortunate possibility to get into trouble on your road trip (getting lost, having a flat tire, running out of gas, etc.), so it’s important to know a good location you could reach quickly in order to get help. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere…
Make an awesome playlist
Last not but least: The perfect playlist! Whether you’re making the road trip alone or with friends, one of the best ways to make your road trip unforgettable, is an awesome playlist! Listening to great music provides entertainment and can also help the driver focus on the road and not feel drowsy. We've been on the run, driving in the sun, looking out for number one, California here we come…