Don’t Go On Your Summer Road Trip Until You Read This Post

With summer just around the corner, RelayRides blogger Eric Rosenberg wants to share his road trip check list: don’t hit the road without reading it!

School years are coming to an end and summer vacation is just around the corner. Summer is a wonderful time of the year, and it is a great time to gather up the family and tour the country. I have great memories of road trips with my family growing up, and exploring with your kids is a great way to spend time together. Before you hit the road, make sure to get ready with the best road trip tips.

Get the Best GPS

There is little need for a dedicated GPS for your car these days, as most phones have all of the GPS features you could ever need. My last cross-country drive was from Denver to Portland (solo!), and I had one app opened the entire time I was making my journey.

Waze is the best GPS available right now, particularly if you are going to cross through big cities or construction zones.

Waze is now owned by Google, and it combines Google Maps data with crowd sourced data on road conditions, traffic, closures, delays, and even speed traps. This app will get you wherever you are going safely and as quickly as possible.

Plan the Best Activities

Places like Yosemite National Park and The Grand Canyon are popular summer destinations, along with big cities like Washington, D.C. and Chicago, but what do you do when you get there?

Unless you know a local where you are going, planning out your do-to list can be a challenge. I use three resources to do all of my planning.

  • Lonely Planet Guide Books – Are the best travel books I have ever used. They helped me navigate multiple trips in Europe, across Costa Rica, and throughout some of the best cities in America. There is a great USA book along with some regional books specific to where you may be going.
  • TripAdvisor – Whenever my Dad goes on a vacation, he spends time on TripAdvisor leaving detailed reviews of attractions, tours, and other useful information about the trip. People like my Dad are all over the world leaving useful advice for visiting any destination.
  • Yelp – I use Yelp to find restaurants in my own city, but it does a lot more than food. Open up Yelp when you are on the road to find the best places to eat and the best things to do.

Find the Best Places To Stay

Plan your hotels out ahead of time with great online tools. Search sites like make finding a hotel easy when planning far in advance. If you want to stay like a local, you can rent someone’s apartment, often for a similar or lower price than a hotel, with AirBnB.

But on road trips, things don’t always go as planned. If you are nervous about how far you are going to drive or committing to a place to stay ahead of time, Hotel Tonight helps you find a hotel room last minute.

When I had an overnight stop in Boise, Idaho, Hotel Tonight made it easy to find a clean, reasonably priced, safe hotel room with a free breakfast included.

Rent The Best Car

Are you worried your old clunker won’t make the drive? Want to keep the miles from piling onto your new ride? Have an electric that isn’t ideal for the long drives across the country? Never fear: RelayRides is here!

RelayRides is famous for short term rentals, but many members have listed their cars for longer term rentals too! Find the perfect minivan, station wagon, van or SUV for your summer road trip to ensure a comfortable, safe trip for your family.