Thinking about hitting the road this summer to check out our beautiful country? Before you pack up and leave, check out our top tips for planning a road trip so you have nothing but fun with your friends.
Music – Good songs are a must for road trips. Check out our epic roadie playlist.
Food – Be sure to stock up on water, fresh fruit, nuts and a few yummo snacks for the road
Check your car – Whether you know how to do it yourself or need to pay for it, before going on a long road trip you should check your oil, water and tyres.
First aid – Make sure you have a first aid kit packed with the essentials: scissors, antiseptic cream, bandaids, wipes, bandages, tape etc.
Overall – Be smart. Take breaks. Swap drivers. Stay alert.
Picking a location
- Consider your bucket list: If you’re heading north or south, we recommend hitting some of the hot spots across the country such as the Waitomo Caves, Tongariro, Bungee jumping in Queenstown or kayaking through Milford Sounds. If you’re going all that way, you might as well visit all your must-sees. Think of the ‘gram.
- Know your travel time: If you only have 10 days to do a road trip, make sure you take into consideration how long it will take you to get back home.
- Who do you know: You can save on accomodation if you stop in areas where you have friends or family who will let you couch surf for a few days here and there.
Hiring a car/campervan
- Think of where you’re going: If you plan on camping the entire time, it may be worth spending a little bit extra so you can hire a self-contained van if you don’t want to use public facilities.
- Consider your driving skills: Vans are big! Before you decide to drive off on one, think about yourself and other drivers – can you really handle it on the open road?
- Do some research: There are a tonne of places that offer competitive prices and also have apps that can help you map out where you want to go.
Tips for camping
- Freedom camping: If you’re planning on travelling in a van or self-contained vehicle, check out our top tips for Freedom camping so you, the locals and the environment can coexist harmoniously.
- What to pack: You know the main things (tent, pillow, sleeping bag etc.) but don’t get caught short because you forgot silly things like toilet paper, gas cooker, torch, rubbish bags, food containers and insect repellent.
What are your go-to tips when planning a road trip?