There is something very liberating about an open road, a long drive, some good music and wind in your hair…
The good feeling that a road trip comes with is second to none, and that is how it is ought to be. Team Escape Route brings you a quick check list of the do’s and don’ts to ensure the experience lives in your memories for all the good reasons. Here you go:
- Carry shades and headband; for when you roll down the windows, long hair gets messy and this holds true for guys too.
- Always wear loose and comfortable clothes for the road trip. Do not wear flip-flops, especially for the driver as it can get stuck between the driving pedals by mistake, shoes are a better bet.
- Always carry few water bottles and keep yourself hydrated. You may not get mineral water in the hinterlands and remember in India, water taste changes every few miles. Carry your water bottle and keep refilling it. Limit plastic usage.
- Medication – always carry your medicines, a basic first aid-kit and pain-killers. If you suffer from hill-sickness, make sure you carry the pills recommended by your doctor.
- Always carry an organizer with all key papers of the vehicle, you can use its open pockets to stuff in toll receipts, else they will keep flying around in the car. Some states in India ask for original papers, better to make multiple colored copies and talk your way out. License, Registration Certificate, Pollution Control Certificate are the must haves.
- Eat only to taste and not hog, do not stuff yourself too much at Dhabas. Keep protein or energy bars handy, as you cannot surprise your stomach with all the roadside food. An upset stomach is common during long road trips. Rely on fruits and bottled water mostly while you keep tasting in the local culinary delights rationally.
- Carry charged power banks and multi charger power source in your car. Alternate between the power sources and use them amicably. As soon as the first source gets over, put it on charge in the moving car and use the other one. Sharing is saving.
- A hard copy of state route map has never lost its charm even in the times of Google maps and GPS enabled tracking devices. It has its own benefits and comes in handy in hinterlands.
- Carry extra tissue papers and extra car cleaning cloth. Newspapers work well as glass cleaners. Hand sanitizers or soap dispensers always come in handy. Hand towels are great for road trips.
- It is fun to be lost when you know you have the global positioning system, (GPS) to get you out of any dead end. If you have a 4by4 and are heading to the hills with snow, do carry tyre chains and extra rope.
- You should always carry a swiss knife, torch, gloves, fuel lighter, pliers apart from the regular tubeless puncture strips, small air pump/foot pump in addition to the regular tool kit with all keys.
- Always remember to keep the tyre air-pressure at least two points lower than the designated pressure as tyres tend to inflate a little on long highway drives.
- It makes sense to note down the highway patrol / helpline number, just in case.
- If you are adventurous: always carry a two/three-people tent and sleeping bags for the ultimate experience after due checks.
- Garbage bags – never litter, save it all up in a garbage bag till you find a dust-bin. Please do not throw waste out of moving vehicles. So uncool.
- Deodorants and Air-Freshners – to save you at those tricky stinking points or if one lazy friend decided to not shower before the trip
- Cover-up / Sarong, hat / cap / buff, music in a pen-drive, mini-speaker, ear-phones, travel pillow, ice-box, spare light bulbs for the car.
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