A road trip is truly a great experience that you must try a few times in your life! While travel by plane or train is typically preferred, we argue that the best way to see Canada is by car. Now, we’re not talking about a short five-hour trip to a cottage – we’re talking about a week or longer in an RV or car! These are the trips that make memories that last a lifetime. If you’re considering a road trip, here is isure’s ultimate guide to having the best one possible:

When should you road trip?

Spring is the best time to go on a road trip. While the temperatures are warm enough to roll the windows down, they also provide unique sights, scents, and sounds. These are the months where flowers are blooming, trees are sprouting, and where a mix of weather can be experienced. It’s also the best time of year because of the number of festivals, special events, and fairs that usually take place. Simply put, we recommend taking your road trip during these months. 

Selecting your destination

There are two types of road trippers: those with a destination in mind and those going where the wind takes them. There is merit to both, and each one offers a unique experience. If you have a destination in mind, it makes the journey in between a little bit more focused. Most people will likely choose their end destination as it gives them a real goal of the trip, which most people need. Those who go wherever the roads take them are more likely to find undiscovered beauty and unique experiences. By relying on fate to deliver them to no place in particular, the experience can be mind-blowing. However, there’s also a possibility of finding nothing interesting.

What to pack for a road trip

Depending on where you’re going, your packing list is going to be vastly different. It also depends on whether you plan to stay in hotels/motels along the way, or live exclusively out of the vehicle you are driving in. With all things on the table, here is a great list of items that you should consider for your road trip:

  • Clothing for any weather
  • Blankets/pillow
  • Vehicle emergency kit
  • Books
  • Music/Bluetooth speaker (don’t rely on a smartphone signal!)
  • Cash
  • Camera (take a million pictures/videos!)
  • Snacks/food/drinks/water
  • Drivers licence/proof of insurance
  • A road map (again, don’t rely on a smartphone signal in the middle of nowhere)
  • Portable chargers (to recharge phones/camera batteries)
  • Toiletries, such as sunscreen and toilet paper (when duty calls!)
  • First Aid Kit/medication/pain relievers

The best way to pack properly for an extended road trip is to look at your life now and all the things you use on a daily basis. Those items will give you a pretty good idea of what you’ll need to have a great time!

Guaranteed coverage

Now that you’ve chosen the time, the direction, and what you intend to pack, you should contact isure to make sure you’re covered. Always having a backup plan is crucial. Ensure that your insurance policy is up to speed to cover you while on the road and consider adding some additional coverage for roadside assistance. After all the planning, preparing, and packing, you’re all set to have one of the greatest experiences of your life. 

Happy road tripping!

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