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6 Important Tips for Road Trips in the UK

Posted by Warren Kuhn on 19/02/2017
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Traveling by car around the UK is not very common, especially with the other faster options. But going on a road trip in a private vehicle is an amazing way to explore and discover marvelous hidden gems. If you’re going with your friends or family, it’s a great opportunity for you to bond. However, a road trip can quickly go on the negative end if not well planned. Here are some tips for your UK road trip to help you get the most of your journey.

#1 Plan your route wisely

Technology has made it easier for us with the provision of GPS, so planning your route shouldn’t be difficult. You can list down the places you want to see, identify what is close to each other, and work your way from there. That way, you can also plan your accommodation and your stops ahead of time. Many places require you to make reservations in advance.

If you’re not from the UK, you better familiarize yourself with the traffic rules too. Don’t worry, aside from the side of the road you’re driving on; they’re easy to get to know.

Plan your route wisely
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#2 Make sure your vehicle is good to go

You don’t want your car to suddenly give up on you, especially not in the middle of nowhere. Have your car serviced before the start of the trip and make sure everything is good to go. You could be miles and hours away from the nearest gas station or a repair shop.

Make sure your vehicle is good to go
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#3 Pack smart

Aside from your regular bag of clothes and things, I highly recommend you pack camping gear too. The UK has a lot of natural beauty to offer, and some of them are best enjoyed by hiking and camping. Look into the many National Parks and campgrounds beforehand. Also, the weather in the UK can be ridiculously unpredictable, so pack for rain and cold weather just in case. Even during a summer day, you can get a significant drop in temperature.

Pack smartly
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#4 Pack food and drinks

Most road trips to distant places can mean hours without a sight of civilization, so pack some food and drinks for the road. Always have a bottle of water nearby; this goes for any adventure. You should invest in a nice cooler so you can enjoy fresh food and cold drinks. I love the RTIC cooler for road trips since it keeps my stuff cold for days. While you’re at it, have a pack of your favourite sweet treats and go-to snacks.

Pack food and drinks
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#5 Have your camera ready

It doesn’t matter if you’re not an Instagrammer or a passionate photographer. You’re going to want to take photos to remember the beauty. You won’t have to do much either; the view will do all the work for you. You simply just have to click the button, and you’ll have a masterpiece.

Have your camera ready
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#6 Keep your plans loose

You can’t have an adventure without a dose of spontaneity. It’s good to plan, but keep your ideas loose like a goose because you’ll never know what you’ll discover along the way. You might meet some friends who’ll invite you to a party, or fall in love with a place that you’ll want to extend. Like they say, “sometimes the best adventures are unplanned.”

Keep your plans loose
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The United Kingdom is truly a beautiful destination and travelling by car is one of the best ways to do it. I hope you find these tips useful and that you’ll enjoy your journey. Feel free to use the comment section to share your thoughts and experiences. We’d love to hear them! If you have any questions, comment them, and I’ll try to answer the best way I can.

Author Bio: 

Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors.

With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips

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