Here’s How You Organise Everything for your Next Road Trip

Going away for a road trip can be a very exciting experience and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get everything organised. The problem that a lot of people have is they have no idea what they need to pack and they also have no idea how they are going to fit everything they need into their car either. If you want to avoid all of this then you can find out some helpful hints and tips below.

Space Bags

Space Bags are ideal if you are going away on a road trip. The main reason for this is because they give you the chance to pack down any clothing items with ease. All you have to do is put them in the plastic bag and then vacuum all of the air out. This will really make the whole thing way easier for you and it will also mean that you have way more space as well. You also need to make sure that you don’t focus on the boot space that you have, for example, your car is full of nooks and crannies, and these are great if you want to pack certain items. Try and put your shoes under the seat rather than taking up space in the boot, and put any snacks behind the seats so they can be accessed by the people in the back.

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Plastic Tubs are Great

Instead of putting every bottle of shampoo, conditioner, soap and more in a bag and trying to slot your clothes in around them, try and use a plastic box instead. Plastic boxes provide you with a way higher level of organisation and they also make it way easier for you to access your items as well. You can even stack your boxes on top of one another as well, and this will give you way more space in the car when compared to carrier bags or other holdalls. Ratchet straps are great if you want to keep everything secure in the back of a truck or anything else similar, but it helps to know how to loosen ratchet straps before you get everything loaded.

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The 7 Day Rule

If you are going on a road trip for 7 days then it’s super important that you pack a bag that will help you to go for this length of time. A lot of people make the mistake of packing way more clothes than they need, and this can cause a ton of issues when the time comes to load the car. If you want to avoid this, then just pack 5 of everything, with 7 pairs of socks. After all, you can easily wear the same t-shirt for more than 2 days in a row, and this will really help to save space if everyone who is taking the trip does it.

So it is very easy for you to really get a good result out of your road trip, and by taking the time to organise your belongings, you can save yourself both time and money.

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Concerns In The Car: Mentally Preparing For A Long Drive

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A long journey, like a family trip, or a road trip cross-country is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Heading out on the road for long stretches of time can take it out of you, which is why you need to prepare for this type of journey, especially if you’re not used to it. For those people who have just passed their driving test, or are novice drivers, the prospect of a long journey can be incredibly daunting, but what can you do to mentally prepare yourself for this type of journey? And are there any simple things you can have at your disposal to make the journey smoother?

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Before you even get in the car, you need to make sure that you are prepared to drive. This means ensuring you have adequate energy reserves. First thing’s first, you need to get a good night’s sleep the night before, so your focus and attention doesn’t waver. In addition to this, you should fuel yourself adequately. Remember, a considerable amount of calories is taken up by your brain, so you don’t want to feel that your brain is running on empty on this trip. You also need to minimize distractions in the car. There are so many things now, from smartphones to in-car technology that can easily take your attention off the road. And for so many people that have been wrongfully injured in a car accident, distracted driving is one of the major culprits. Minimizing distractions, so you can focus on the road, and ensure that you are adequately fueled and rested, and it will be an easier journey.

Plan The Journey

A lot of the stress in driving is due to feeling like you’re in a rush. If you’re in a rush to travel a short journey, and you feel anxious, think about how much more this is multiplied when you are going on a lengthy excursion. Instead, plan ahead, do your research, and consider the various routes to get to your destination, and you will feel more in control of the situation. By planning ahead and leaving earlier than originally thought, you will arrive at your destination on time, in spite of traffic and external problems.

Understand Your Stress Triggers

To mentally prepare yourself for a long journey, you need to understand what stresses you out. There could be the various distractions in the car, but there could be things that affect you. If you are anxious and prone to stress after an hour on the road, then break up the journey. If you feel depleted of energy because you haven’t eaten enough, have snacks, but also make sure you’re hydrated. Driving a long journey means that you aren’t always so quick to reach for the water bottle. It’s a simple thing, but it can help on a stressful journey.

Your energy, your stress, and your ability to plan other three things that will have an impact on the quality of your journey. Overcome these issues, and there won’t be concerns in the car.

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4 Reasons to Go on a Road Trip

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is flying to go on holiday. Of course, the availability and affordability of flights make this a much more viable option than it once was, but if you fly every time, you will be missing out on one of the classic forms of travel; the road trip. There are so many reasons why you should take a trip of this kind, and we are going to run you through just a few of the main ones right here.

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You Discover Places Along the Way

When you take a flight, you only have a single destination and you hurtle towards it at an extremely rapid rate. However, when you go on a road trip, you will discover some places along the way. Perhaps it will be the little down that you decide to stop in for lunch, the signposted tourist attraction that you simply have to stop at or a scenic view which you spot along the way – a car awning will come in handy if it is the latter. Taking the road less travelled is a surefire way to come back with some great travelling stories.

You Bond with the Other People on the Trip

Going on a road trip is a fantastic bonding opportunity which allows you to really connect with your travelling companions. After all, you will be spending hour after hour in each other’s company. Sure, this may become a little frustrating at times, but you will also come away with some fantastic memories. You certainly can’t simply make small talk for hours on end when you are in such close proximity to one another.

You Get to Know a Place Better

You are much more likely to get to know a place better when you drive across miles of landscape rather than simply flying over the top of it. You get to notice both the subtle and major differences when you drive from one region to another. You also learn a little bit more from the people you meet, the food that you enjoy, and the monuments and attractions that you choose to stop at.

You Become More Spontaneous

Road trips tend to have a much higher degree of spontaneity than other forms of travel. You tend not to be so fixed by an itinerary that leaves you rushing off from one place to the next. So, you have more of an opportunity to enjoy wandering off the beaten path and making decisions based on how you are feeling at the time. This certainly isn’t the kind of luxury that you are afforded when you are travelling with a fixed schedule.

A road trip is the kind of adventure that anyone can enjoy, and these are some of the pleasures that you will experience when heading out on a trip of this kind. So, why not get your car ready, gather together your travelling companions and hit the open road.

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Working On The Road – Tips To Keep On Top Of Things

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We all have duties, responsibilities, and an income to find. Some of us have the privilege of working remotely, be that for an office or for our own freelance name. This flexibility allows us to work while traveling, which might be essential to our job. However, despite cloud storage and many other conveniences supporting us in the modern day, you can still find yourself left high and dry if things aren’t working as correctly as you’d hoped. Luckily there are ways around this, ways to ensure you can back up your work and stay the reliable colleague you are.

We’d recommend the following at an absolute minimum:

Back Up Your Files

Unfortunately, we are not in the days where we never have to worry about the security or placement of our files. Even with the most comprehensive and secure cloud storage plan, you can never be 100% certain you can access all of this on the road. Bad WiFi connections, bad 4G connections or even an issue with your cloud client can occur without warning, effectively locking you out of the work you need. This is why it’s always important not only to also save files locally, but on small extra storage spaces. This could be through two USBs and a hard drive. Also, keeping an SSD on hand can be effective, as these have no moving parts and as such are more reliable. You cannot put a price on keeping your files safe, and so while storage spaces can be expensive, they are more than worth it.

Remotely Connect

For studio professionals or even those who need to simply access files from home, it can be a real boon to remotely connect to your desktop when needs be. Either leaving your computer on idle or asking someone at home to wake it up, and knowing ways to remotely connect can help you begin working in another place entirely. It might be that you have all the competencies with your laptop, but you need to access a forgotten Photoshop file before you can be. It might be that you need access to your home security suite. It might be you need to use 2-factor desktop authentication from home to log into a VPN remotely. There are many reasons and benefits for knowing how to do this, so we’d recommend you learn to right away.

Find A Great Data Plan

It’s essential to keep a fantastic data plan, and pay for all it offers. This is because remote workers should never consider WiFi to be the only bastion of their connectivity to the internet. Those connections can often be shoddy or unsafe, and so keeping a plan that allows your mobile device to use unlimited internet access on 4G can truly help you out of a bad situation. It might not be as fast as some WiFi packages, but it’s certainly reliable and with a VPN,can stay secure.

With these tips, you can be sure that working on the road is more of a realistic venture, and before long this could be your new default method of completing your daily tasks.

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Public Transport Is Convenient But It’s Not Always Safe

You would think by now that due to so many people owning their own forms of transport, that public transport would have begun to slowly become a thing of the past. It’s perhaps going to be the last dinosaur that anyone can scoff at and laugh when electric cars also become shuttle services. Perhaps that’s a little ambitious even for the technologically wonderful times we live in right now. So many public transports have another few decades left in it; at least in the current form that it’s in. So for those who don’t have cars, cannot afford a taxi every day, and simply live too far from their work to bicycle every morning, for now, public transport is incredibly convenient. You hear all kinds of stories about what goes on in public transport. Running into goons and horrible abusive people isn’t as common as the hearsay tales might lead you to believe. However, it’s fair to point out that violence is an issue that commuters see and sometimes even experience. It’s not always other passengers that are going to be your biggest threat though.

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Trams are fantastic forms of transport for those who live in big cities. They have their own grounded rails and lines so they can zigzag through traffic. Because they’re electronically powers, they have great acceleration, and this means that in a crowded city, they can perform short, sharp dashes from one stop to the next. You’re much more likely to beat a red light sitting in a tram than you are a bus. Trams also have their own right of way, which means they get priority movement from all the other road users, be it cyclists, cars, buses, trucks, taxis and horse carriages. You would think that a vehicle the size of a train would be menacing to drivers so they would stay out of the way but unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. Obviously, a heavy vehicle takes time to stop, and many collisions with cars happen at moderate speeds. This can cause passengers to be thrown around the tram, hit their head and face onto metal bars and through windows. If you’re standing up when this occurs, you can fall down and injure yourself further. So best to keep a sharp eye out and have at least on hand holding onto something solid.

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Bus injury

The thing about buses is, they don’t have seatbelts even though they should. When a driver loses control of such a large vehicle, momentum builds up until you meet an equivalent force to stop it. This is why out of control buses just sweep aside cars they hit like they were children’s toys. Most cities employ bus companies to be their public transport service. When something goes wrong, and you’re seriously hurt by let’s say a cta bus crash, who can you blame for this? An injury lawyer is someone who deals with your personal harm in the judicial sense. Getting hurt is not expressed via word of mouth in a courtroom. The lawyer compiles your cases with doctor reports about the medical condition you were in due to your injuries. They look at the cta bus operator’s reports and spot the signs of negligence and malpractice.

Public transport is still a necessary service that governing authorities must supply to their citizens. However be warned, they’re not always the safest option. Take care of yourself while using them and be aware of both passengers and the transport risks.

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Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip

Modern cars are much less likely to break down, and if you look after yours well and have it serviced regularly, a breakdown is something that you may only very rarely have to deal with. In many ways, this is great. Cars are expensive after all, and we all want them to be reliable and not put us in danger on the road. On the other hand, however, it means that many drivers are completely clueless when it does happen.

Even when driving on quiet local roads that you know well it can be terrifying when your car starts to break down. It might be a slow decline, with warning signs that give you a chance to find a garage or drive home safely. Or it can be a very sudden halt to a standstill at a busy junction. Either way, it can cause panic. You can feel your heart racing as you try to pull in safely without damaging your car further or causing a serious incident on the road.

Worse than this, however, is breaking down miles from home. Your car failing you while you are on a long journey. Coming to a halt when you are meant to be enjoying yourself, miles from home and in an unfamiliar location can be terrifying. You won’t know where to pull in or who to contact, and you’ll be stuck. Perhaps even miles from civilisation. It’s scary. So, it’s always a good idea to try and avoid such a situation. You can do this by checking your car, packing the right equipment and knowing what to look for. Here are some tips to help you.

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Safety Checks

Before you start any long journey it’s a good idea to perform some safety checks. Even if your car has had a recent service or MOT, it’s a good idea to perform these checks a week or so before you are due to leave, so that you’ve got time to make any repairs that are needed. Write these down and tick them off as you check:

  •    Check oil levels
  •    Check brake fluid, coolant and screen wash levels
  •    Clean your car, inside and out
  •    Check tire pressure and tread depth, not forgetting the spare
  •    Check lights
  •    Check seat belts
  •    Check all engine lights
  •    Adjust and clean mirrors
  •    Clean wiper blades
  •    Flush radiator
  •    Test brakes and use a car brake bleeding kit if needed
  •    Check horn

Packing Essentials

It’s also important to pack a few essentials just in case anything happens. These include:

  •    Blankets and warm clothes
  •    A torch and emergency light
  •    Hazard warning sign
  •    Car owner’s manual
  •    Water
  •    Toolkit
  •    Chargers
  •    Towing rope
  •    Sun protectors for windows
  •    Spare car key
  •    A funnel in case you need to fill up water
  •    A garbage bag

Last Minute Checks

Then, just as you are about to leave make a few final checks and adjustments:

  •    Adjust your seat position so that you are upright and straight-backed
  •    Adjust mirrors to match
  •    Fill up with fuel
  •    Set heating or air conditioning
  •    A final check of fluid levels, brakes, lights, tires and engine warning lights

Then all you need to do is make sure you drive safely and sensibly to reduce risks and enjoy your trip!

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Going Long Distance? Here’s The Car Hacks You Need

Driving long distance is something very few people enjoy doing. If you’re stuck behind a wheel, in congested traffic and up and down back roads for hours on end, you’re going to get tired and bored very easily. But if you’re sick of experiences like this, you don’t have to put up with them for much longer. It’s time to drive differently.

You might be going on a road trip for fun, you might be travelling for a job, or you’re simply driving to see an old relative of yours. Whatever reason you’re on the road for hours at a time for, there’s some car hacks you can use to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during the journey. Read on for a couple of the best.

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Use Phone Apps

Phone apps are a secret weapon of the driving world, even as insane as that sounds. Seeing as everyone’s got a phone in their pocket these days, but of course you’re not going to pull it out when you’re cruising down a highway because you needed to post something! But if you download some apps before you go, and if you’ve got a phone holder attached to your radio or dashboard, you can easily use these apps whilst behind the wheel.

Something like GasBuddy would be great here, as you never know when you’re going to run out of fuel away from civilisation. Even a rescue with a gas canister could be hours and hours away, and you’ve got that meeting to get to! Browse the stores before you head off to see what would be of use to you.

Get Serviced Before You Go

If your car isn’t used to having to operate for such a long time, you’re going to need to give it a once over yourself at least! There’s quite a few parts of your car that need changing and replacing every 5000 miles or so, and there’s a chance you haven’t taken the time to get the engine oil replaced recently.

So if you’re being as responsible as possible, it’d be a good idea to book into a mechanic for the full works. Head into your local AUTO REPAIR to make sure your car is completely up to the task of those hundreds (and possibly even a thousand or so!) miles you need to go. You won’t have to be worried about the wheel nuts coming loose this way, and you’re sure to have an up to date toolkit in the trunk.

Pack Snacks

If you don’t have plenty of snacks to go along with you, you’re immediately off to a bad start. People can get hungry every hour or so, and having something to nibble on so you’re brain and body are working at peak performance is essential here. Even get yourself a car mini fridge if you’re sick of warming drinks in the holders and melted chocolate all over the seat!

If you’re a long distance driver, remember these tips next time.

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