How to Plan Your Summer Road Trip: 5 Things to Consider

Arguably the most awaited season of the year, summer is a time for leisure, enjoyment, and adventure. And what better way to embrace the freedom of the open road than with a well-planned road trip? It can’t get better than  a reliable set of wheels from Hertz car rental. Opt for car hire from our diverse fleet of luxury sedans, sports cars, zero-emission EVs, and more - the process is easy and customer service, prompt and friendly.  Whether you're dreaming of driving along scenic coastal highways, exploring hidden gems in charming towns, or venturing into the heart of nature's wonders, a road trip offers a sense of discovery and flexibility. But before you hit the gas, here are 5 key factors to consider when you plan your road trip.

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1. Choose Your Destination and Route

The first step towards the perfect road trip planning is to decide where wanderlust will take you. Do you envision yourself winding through picturesque mountain passes, soaking in the sun on pristine beaches, or immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of bustling cities? Or do you want to do it all? Once you've narrowed down your destination, map out a route that aligns with your interests and time constraints. Research scenic byways, charming detours, and must-visit attractions along the way. Consider the distance between destinations, road conditions, and potential rest stops or overnight accommodations. The journey itself is a significant part of the adventure, so embrace the unexpected and allow for spontaneous detours that may lead to hidden treasures.

2. Add a Soundtrack to Your Adventure

No road trip planning is complete without readying that travel playlist to set the mood and accompany you on your journey. Take the time to curate a collection of songs that evoke a sense of adventure, freedom, and joy; as also songs of melancholy and longing – for the sweetest songs are the saddest ones, as John Keats put it. Include a mix of upbeat tunes for when you're cruising down the highway, mellow melodies for scenic drives, and nostalgic classics to sing along to with your travel companions. Explore different genres and eras, and most importantly add some local flavor to your playlist by incorporating music from the regions you'll be visiting. Learn on the road, from the people, the pubs you visit, and add new songs as you travel – there’s nothing quite like music that evokes memories of places.

3. Essentials for the Open Road

Packing strategically is an art form that can make or break your road trip experience. Prioritise essential items like clothing suitable for various weather conditions, toiletries, medication, snacks, water bottles, and entertainment options for long drives when you plan your road trip. Don't forget to pack a first-aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a basic tool kit for unexpected situations. Essentials to add to the list also include a headlamp or flashlight for nightly explorations, a portable charger to keep your electronics powered up, and swimming trunks or a swimsuit for impromptu dips in lakes or oceans. Utilise packing cubes or organisers to maximise space and keep your belongings neatly arranged. Remember, a well-organised car translates to some of the best summer road trips, be it for families or friends.  

4. Navigating the Unforeseen

While meticulous planning is essential, it's equally important to prepare for the unexpected twists and turns that may arise during your road trip. Familiarise yourself with basic car maintenance tasks, such as checking  tyre pressure and fluid levels, and ensure you have a spare  tyre and essential tools at hand. It's also advisable to have a roadside assistance plan in case of breakdowns or emergencies, providing peace of mind throughout your journey.

5. Capture Your Memories & Embrace the Journey

A road trip is an opportunity to create lasting memories and to disconnect from the everyday hustle. A GoPro camera or a waterproof phone case will allow you to document your adventures without worrying about damaging your device. However, while it's great to capture the stunning scenery and fun moments, remember to also soak in the journey itself. Use the open road as a space for meditation, reflection, and connecting with your travel companions. Don't get too preoccupied with social media posts; instead, be present in the moment and truly experience the magic of the open road. Consider keeping a travel journal to document your experiences, thoughts, and emotions along the way. Embrace the spontaneity of the journey, allow yourself to get lost in the moment, and savour the unique experiences that unfold before you. 

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Why Choose Hertz for Your Car Hire?

Hertz is a global leader in car rental, offering a wide range of vehicles, convenient pick-up and drop locations, and excellent customer service. With Hertz, you can choose from luxury sedans, sports cars, zero-emission EVs, SUVs, trucks, vans, and more. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction makes us an ideal choice for your summer road trip.

Hertz Summer Promo - Save on Your Road Trip!

This summer, Hertz is going to fulfil your road trip dreams with an exclusive promotion. Save up to 15% on rentals worldwide when you book by 25 June and pick up between 1 July and 30 September 2024. This discount is off the base rate and applied pre-tax where applicable.

Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to save on your summer car rental. Book your Hertz car hire in the U.K. today and get ready for a road trip adventure you will cherish for a long time to come!