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Long road trips: the essentials

Long road trips: the essentials

18 Aug 2017 Angela Matthews Self Drive, Travel Tips
The Great Ocean Road, Nullarbor Plains, and Alice Springs to Uluru, are some of Australia’s greatest driving roads and there are plenty of fantastic drives around the world. Self-driving holidays can become tricky if you aren’t properly prepared. There are no 4-star hotels or room service, just you the road, your friends/family and the vehicle, which means planning is essential for any self-driving holiday.

To ensure you’re fully prepared for your ensure you cover off the below tips to make your trip a breeze…


Be sure that you have a night in with your travel buddies, and mark down all the landmarks, towns and beaches you would love to see on the trip. Then map out the best possible route to uncover all the great destinations you’d love to see. Identify the driving distance between each destination, and map out daily trips and where you can comfortably spend the night along the way.

The next thing to prepare is the vehicle. The amount of people joining your drive will determine the size and type of vehicle you choose. Make sure that it suits everyone and you’re happy with it. You will be spending some long hours in it, so you need to be comfortable!


Picking the right car essentials as well as understanding your car is vital on a long trip. If there is a manual, make sure you read it! Check to see what type of fuel and oil the car will take before setting off on your journey.

Focus on important items such as food, water and clothes before worrying about any luxury items. How many meals are you going to cook? How many days do you have to plan for before you will be able to do another shop? If you have the answers to these questions you’re set to enjoy a great trip.

Do it Your Way

The best thing about a self-drive holiday is that you get to do it your way. Stop when you feel like stopping, see what you want to see and don’t let anything get between you and the best experience of your life. Just remember to plan first!


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