The experience of a successful road trip or any type of travel getaway stays with you for life. And a key to the most memorable road trip starts, of course, with proper planning. So to help you get started, here is your Road Trip 101 Guide. You’re welcome.

Pick your vehicle

The type of car you’ll be using will highly depend on the destination you’ve picked, the number of people you’ll be travelling with, and the duration of your trip. Pro tip: Rent your vehicle in advance and pick the option of ‘Unlimited mileage’. If you’re a foreigner visiting, be sure to check with the rental company if they require an international driving license. Just make sure you are familiar about the company’s policies in terms of renting a vehicle so you don’t end up paying extra on hidden fees and such.

Get the local SIM card

Most important thing to take note of if you are a foreigner travelling to Australia – make sure to pick up a local SIM and take down all the emergency hotlines. You may never know if you’ll need to use it and call for some assistance.

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Google Maps is your friend

Basically, planning your list of destinations and plotting your stops begins with Google Maps. This Google feature will give you an idea on how long it takes for you to get to your next stop and an inkling on the time adjustments you’ll make for your drive. To double the efforts of making sure you don’t get lost, you should have a paper map and a trusty Navigation pad or app on-hand that can be accessible even when offline.

Camp out

Camping out is one of the most fulfilling experience while travelling on the road. More than anything, it saves you a heap of spending for hotel rates and hotel food. It’s easy, inexpensive and a great way to meet new people and gain friends. If you’re not comfortable sleeping on a rocky bed, you at least have your campervan with you. For the options, take a DriveNow campervan hire now.

It’s important to note to bring the necessities for this camping. Make a list of all the things you’ll need for the road trip. This includes medicine, food, toiletries, and weather adaptive clothing. While you’ll definitely pass by stores, always assume that you might not be able to get to one when you need to. Remember that bringing extra stuff is better than scrambling to get them in the middle of the drive.

Choose your companions

Road trips are for group traveling. But don’t just choose whoever is available for this trip. It is important that you enjoy the company of companions while you’re out on the road, especially if you’re also in a foreign country. You’ll be spending so much of your time driving around than hopping out to see the sights. So choose your companions wisely. They may be family members you haven’t seen in a while or friends that are game for a road trip.

Go on and have the best road trip by following these tips, and make it one of your most unforgettable travels yet.