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Summer is here, and it’s time to hit the open road! Whether you are planning a getaway with family, friends, or on your own, preparation makes all the difference.
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Preparing for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Preparing for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

  • If you’re planning a summer staycation this year, road trip preparation is essential!
  • Our guide highlights five top tips to think about before hitting the road.
  • From mapping out your route to ensuring you have all the right snacks onboard, make sure your trip is a memorable one.


Summer is here, and it’s time to hit the open road! Whether you are planning a getaway with family, friends, or on your own, preparation makes all the difference.

Continue reading for our five summer road trip essentials to make your journey as enjoyable as possible.

1. Plan your route 

Before you begin your journey, it’sa good idea to map out your route. Getting lost adds time and stress to your travels. Apps like Google Maps provide clear navigation instructions and real-time traffic updates. This allows you to tweak your route depending on factors such as congestion.

How to plan your route

Find attractionsParticularly if you have a long journey, or kids in the car, stopping off on your way can break up the drive. Plus, there is an abundance of attractions across the country that make for ideal rest points. 

Check conditions: Before you set off, check the route for any major construction works that may disrupt your journey. Particularly when driving during peak times, such as bank holidays, this may add extra time to your trip. If you know in advance, you may be able to plan a route that avoids this. 

Estimate travel timeBe realistic when planning your journey. Remember to factor in breaks for rest, food, and even attractions along the way.

2. Pack snacks 

Everyone knows that snacks make a road trip! Try to incorporate some healthier options among the more indulgent ones, so you don’t feel too lethargic.


Road trips snacks


Healthy snack ideas

  • Fresh fruit
  • Yoghurt
  • Trail mix


Indulgent snack ideas

  • Crisps
  • Chocolate
  • Sweets



  • Water
  • Soft drinks
  • Juice


Having snacks in the car shouldn’t prevent you from taking regular rest breaksRemember to bring utensils, napkins, and a rubbish bag to keep your vehicle clean and tidy too!

3. Entertainment on the go 

Long drives can sometimes feel monotonous. However, having a range of entertainment options will make the time fly!

Music: Create your own or listen to ready-made road trip playlists to get you in the mood. 

Podcasts and audiobooks: With a wide range of genres, there’s something for everyone. 

Games: Classics such as ‘I Spy’, ‘I Went to the Shop and Bought...’ and ‘Would You Rather’ are great ways to pass the time and create holiday memories.

If you are travelling with children, packing books, toys, or a tablet to entertain them in the back is always a good idea!

4. Your car kit

Make sure you have these summer road trip essentials in your car for the safety and comfort of everyone onboard.

  • First aid kit: Plasters, antiseptic wipes, paracetamol, and any personal medications.
  • Emergency pack: Flashlight, warning triangle, blanket, and a tyre repair kit or spare tyre.
  • Comfort items: Cushions, warm clothing, and sunglasses.


5. Summer Check at Bristol Street Motors

Ensuring your car is in top condition is essential before you begin your journey. If you’re wondering ‘How do I get my car ready for summer?’, the answer is simple. Book your car in for a Summer Check at your local Bristol Street Motors dealership.

Our expert technicians will inspect key components of your vehicle, such as your tyres, brakes, and steering. They will also check and top up (if necessary) your oil and fluid levels. Plus, they’ll make sure your air conditioning system is working as it should, so you won’t be caught out in hot weather. 

Getting your Summer Check ahead of your road trip should put any concerns about your car's performance at bay. So, all you’ll have to think about is planning your perfect holiday!


Technician performing a summer check


Now you’re summer road trip ready

There you have it! Our summer road trip guide to help you get organised before your adventure begins.

From packing your bags to ensuring your car is in top condition, every detail counts. Visit your local Bristol Street Motors dealership for your Summer Check and enjoy peace of mind on the road ahead. Happy driving!

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