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6 top tips for UK road trips

Travelling by car around the UK is not very common, especially with the other faster options. But going on a road trip in a private vehicle is an amazing way to explore and discover marvellous hidden gems. If you’re going with your friends or family, it’s a great opportunity for you to bond. However, a road trip can quickly turn disastrous if not well planned. Here are some tips for your UK road trip to help you get the most out of your journey.

Plan your route wisely

Technology has made it easier for us with the provision of GPS, so planning your route shouldn’t be difficult. You can list down the places you want to see, identify what is close to each other, and work your way from there. That way, you can also plan your accommodation and your stops ahead of time. Many places require you to make reservations in advance.

Make sure your vehicle is good to go

You don’t want your car to suddenly give up on you, especially not in the middle of nowhere. Have your car serviced before the start of the trip and make sure everything is good to go. You could be miles and hours away from the nearest gas station or a repair shop.

Pack smart

Aside from your regular bag of clothes and things, I highly recommend you pack camping gear too. The UK has a lot of natural beauty to offer, and some of them are best enjoyed by hiking and camping. Look into the many National Parks and campgrounds beforehand. Also, the weather in the UK can be ridiculously unpredictable, so pack for rain and cold weather just in case. Even during a summer day, you can get a significant drop in temperature.

Pack food and drinks

Most road trips to distant places can mean hours without sight of civilization, so pack some food and drinks for the road. Always have a bottle of water nearby; this goes for any adventure. You should invest in a nice cooler so you can enjoy fresh food and cold drinks. I love the RTIC cooler for road trips since it keeps my stuff cold for days. While you’re at it, have a pack of your favourite sweet treats and go-to snacks.

Have your camera ready

It doesn’t matter if you’re not an Instagrammer or a passionate photographer. You’re going to want to take photos to remember the beauty. You won’t have to do much either; the view will do all the work for you. You simply just have to click the button, and you’ll have a masterpiece.

Keep your plans loose

You can’t have an adventure without a dose of spontaneity. It’s good to plan, but keep your ideas loose like a goose because you’ll never know what you’ll discover along the way. You might meet some friends who’ll invite you to a party, or fall in love with a place that you’ll want to extend. Like they say, “sometimes the best adventures are unplanned.


Picture of Andy

Posted by Andy
on 19th February 2017 and
updated on 2nd March 2021

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