If you're wondering if a road trip is right for you and your
more mature friends, a few practical measures can help ensure it is
fun for everyone:
Steady goes a finely tuned machine
When you were younger, you probably drove through the night to
rack up as much mileage as possible. The mature road trip is just as
much about the journey as it is about the destination. You and your
friends will appreciate a more relaxed pace, which includes resting,
eating right and enjoying all the road has to offer.
To make sure you stay on course without any problems, get your
vehicle tuned up before you head out. It's a good idea to change the
oil and check the tire pressure and coolant system before you get on
the road. If your vehicle is due for some routine maintenance, have
it done before you start your trip.
The right vehicle for a memorable trip
Your days of cramming six guys in a small, rusty car are over. A
reliable yet fun-to-drive pickup is perfect for your grown-up road
trip with the guys. And since your stuff is probably going to be
worth more than what you toted around during your college days, be
sure to protect it. A lockable roll-up cover, like the tonneau cover
line by Access Cover, will keep your belongings protected from the
elements - both weather and criminal - while you're on the road.
Plus, a truck bed cover can help improve your vehicle's gas mileage.
It's also important to protect your gear and reduce it from
shifting all around with a Truck Bed Mat from Access Cover made from
marine-grade carpet. Finally, even if your eyes aren't what they
used to be, you can still quickly access all supplies with a Truck
Bed LED Light which can be mounted at the front or the rear of the
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With age comes wisdom to pack smart
As for what to pack, be sure to include an emergency roadside
kit, first aid kit and any medications that you regularly need.
Bring along a GPS device and your trusty mobile phone so you can
stay on track and in touch.
In regard to food and supplies, you might also consider a set of
dressier clothes if your dining tastes have matured since your
fast-food days, but you'll also want some comfy clothes for your
time spent in the vehicle. Bring a couple pairs of shoes, one
dressier and one comfy for walking. And if you're not as keen on
convenience store snacks as perhaps you were when you were younger,
you'll want to pack a small cooler of food and beverages.
Plan ahead for a great trip
Meandering can be fun, but having a plan can be rewarding too,
especially when you're older and prefer to know what to expect. Your
taste in destinations has probably matured, so consult with your
traveling partners and consider spots that appeal to your current
interests and finances.
Has wine tasting become a hobby as you grew older? A tour of wine
country may be in order. Perhaps you've discovered an interest in
history? Consider taking the guys to a civil war re-enactment or to
one of the country's great historic cities. Having a plan doesn't
mean that there won't be moments of spontaneity, but it will provide
you with a good course to follow so everyone can enjoy their time
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