Road trips are a great way to bond with your friends and family. They are also an affordable way to explore different places. If you are planning a road trip, these are some of the things you need to consider.

1. Do your homework

Do your research on your final destination and any overnight pit stops along the way. Basically, things like the type of weather, the availability and price of accommodation. If you are camping, you can call ahead and find out how the camping sites are and what you would need to carry. If travelling out of the country, check out the safety of the borders and the documents you would need to gain entry. You can access a guide on road conditions in Kenya here. Also find out where the nearest medical facilities would be when you arrive at your destination and along pit stops.

2. Pack practically

Carrying your largest suitcase filled with unnecessary is imprudent and inconsiderate because you probably be sharing transport with a couple of people. So carry only what is necessary. You will also need to load your car like pro in order to use the space effectively and get everything you need in. Things that should definitely be on your list of items should be a first aid kit which you can buy here, a spare tire, a proper tool kit for your car, and back up fuel in case the petrol stations on your way and few and far between.

3. Check the condition of your vehicle

If there are any problems that need to be fixed, then fix them. There is no need to bargain with whether or not the car will survive the trip. You’d rather be 100% sure. It is also a good idea to check the range that your emergency car breakdown service covers. Also check whether your car insurance is up to date.

4. Rest

Get a good night’s sleep the day before and if you feel tired along the journey, switch with a competent driver in your crew or pull up on the side of the road and rest.

5. Stay hydrated

The last thing you want is having a dehydrated crew. Dehydration is dangerous and kill in a matter of hours. Carry lots of water and re-hydration salts, which can be purchased at most pharmacies. You should also wear comfortable shoes and clothing that will not restrict blood flow to any of your body parts. So save the skinny jeans for another day.

6. Have a record of your medical details

Have a record of details such as the contact of your next of kin, your blood type, medical insurance details if you have medical insurance and any drug allergies. This information will be useful to emergency response services and your friends as well in case of any emergency along the way.