5 Tips For Your Next Road Trip – FAQ Fridays


Welcome to another edition of Travelstart’s FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul. This is in fact our final episode of 2014. Many of you are going to be heading off on road trips over the December festive season so instead of telling you to fly, we are going to give you 5 quick tips for making the most of those road trips. A lot of you are bigger experts on road tripping than us so we’d love to hear your suggestions in the “comments” below.

Tip 1 – Remember to take breaks

It’s regularly said that you should take breaks every 2 hours or so when on a road trip but it is often quite difficult to remember to take these breaks. A simple way to remember is to set a nice loud alarm on your phone to remind you to take those breaks. Another good way to remind yourself is to plan your route long in advance using Google Maps. Plan stop-off points along the way – this way the Google Maps app will remind you to take those breaks as you travel.

Tip 2 – Breaking up the trip

If you don’t need to do the trip all in one go, it’s a great idea to break it up over several days. It’s far safer to do this and you get to explore some fantastic parts of South Africa. There are many fantastic tourist routes along the way which often get overlooked if you are travelling along the Freeway.

Tip 3 – Tap into online tools

There are a lot of great online tools out there like the “AA” and “Arrive Alive” which give you things like tips and warnings for your journey. Also, “Drive South Africa” simply lays out the most popular routes in South Africa with the toll fees to help you plan in advance for how much cash you need on hand.

Tip 4 – Keep the kids entertained

If you are travelling with kids and they are text savvy, preload games and movies and stuff onto Tablets – it’s a great way to keep everyone entertained. Also, Audio Books, if you want to have that as the soundtrack to your journey – it’s a great way to keep all the kids entertained at once. Another good tip is to pack things like towels and swimming costumes for the kids in the front of the car. That way if you see a great place to stop for a dip in the ocean along the way, you won’t have to unpack bags to get these out. You can also make sure your kids wear their swimming costumes when in the car – these are often easier to clean for things like juice spills and stuff along the way.

Tip 5 – Portable chargers

And finally my favourite tip is portable chargers. It is really important to buy portable chargers to take with you and not just the ones that plug into cigarette lighters – these are the ones that actually carry a charge of their own like a battery. This way you can keep all your devices charged while you are travelling.

So that’s it from me for this week for the final episode of FAQ Friday. Like I said, if you’ve got any tips of your own for road tripping, please post them in the “comments” below – we’d love to hear them. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel. Thanks!

Our Readers Comments

  1. We googled towns on our route for nearby nature reserves. The plan is to use our Wild Card for entrance and have breakfast/lunch stops and take in some of the scenery along the way.

  2. Portable chargers have become a necessity in any trip, be it a business or a casual road trip. Your smart phone is the most important gadget to carry anywhere. They’ve got cool applications which’ll never leave you behind wondering alone. Also, the kids should be kept busy and the best way to do that is to keep entertaining them. Keep everything visible and probably ready for them in order to have peaceful journey.

  3. Having just done the JNB>CPT drive, the number one tip I have for your next road trip is… FLY!

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