Whether you’re on the road going from one assignment to the next or you’ve hopped in the car for a little summer road trip adventure on the side, you’ll want to check out these 4 travel nurse road trip tips. Drive safe — and smart!
Plot your course.
Whether you are using an old-school paper map or a new-school GPS, knowing your way will ease stress and make for a more efficient journey. Make sure to review the course, even if briefly, before you hit the road. I always say it’s a good idea to have a fallback map and/or set of directions just in case technology fails or is unavailable to you for some reason. If you get into a pinch, remember to use the knowledge of locals and ask directions.
Be ready for any road emergency with a first aid kit, flashlights, extra water, and other basics. DMV.org has a great road trip emergency guide here. Little things, like a bag for trash and sunglasses when driving into the sun, can also make a more pleasant experience.
And don’t forget sonic supplies, too. Great music is essential for a great road trip! Bring all your current faves and make some playlists for your voyage. Remember you’re setting the mood with these and choose accordingly.
Consider your companions.
When planning be sure to consider your companions, if any. If you will be riding solo and calling the shots, that’s one thing. But if you have a friend, partner, kid(s) or pet(s), you’ll want to make sure you consider their needs as well. For friends and partners, begin by choosing travel buddies carefully. Not everyone is a compatible travel partner. Having an outline of expectations will help keep things trucking.
Bring plenty of diversions for kids: games, books, magazines, DVDs, non-messy or washable crafts — and don’t forget snacks and the patience to pull over often for potty breaks. Or, maybe you’re traveling with your fur babies. Make sure to consider your pet when setting the car temperature while driving and never leave a pet shut up in a hot (or too cold) car! Check out Go Pet Friendly for some more pet-centric road trip tips.
Plan extra time for some fun stops along the way.
We all know what they say, “It’s the journey, not the destination.” Some of the most fun I’ve had on the road was at eccentric, sometimes unexpected, little stop-offs. World’s Largest Ball of Twine, anyone? It’s surprising how much fun even the strangest or seemingly mundane roadside attractions can be. Whether it’s a restaurant you want to stop to try, a fun (or funny) museum, or a work of art like Carhenge, make time for this. Check out Roadside America, where you can search for cool stops and read about others’ excursions.
I hope these 4 travel nurse road trip tips will make your next drive more fun and less stressful! Besides these 4 travel nurse road trip tips do you have any great tips for others who are soon to be on the road again?