Freedom to do exactly as you please, and the space to grow throughout your journey…
As much as I adore traveling to distant places with my friends, I’ve come to truly appreciate the solitude of the open road even more. The freedom to do exactly as you please, and the space to learn and grow as a person throughout your journey are two things I think makes a one-girl road trip one of the most amazing experiences that you can enjoy. Thinking about venturing out into the wild for a while, alone? Here’s some tips I’ve picked up over the past few years of navigating countless cross country treks!
When traveling solo, it’s always best to have your trip as well planned and organized as possible before you set off! From sorting out daily adventures to nighttime sleeping situations, a pre-jaunt plan will save you a ton of stress and time while you’re out on the road. Not that impromptu car snuggles in Wal-Mart parking lots aren’t an option… but they certainly aren’t ideal. Plot your route and always have a backup plan in place for emergency situations.
Keep in Touch.
If you’re anything like me, then you know the feeling of “disconnecting” is one of the most freeing feelings in the entire world. However, it’s important to always let someone know where you’re heading. Whether you’re set on tackling an extensive hike into the wilderness, or just driving from point A to B, shoot a friend or family member a text and keep them updated with your plans for the day.
Know your whereabouts.
This is especially true when visiting a place in which you’ve never spent time. Research areas before you go! Is this a safe location for a lone lady on the road? Will you have access to necessaries like lodging, food and fuel? Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and if you must stop unexpectedly, aim for locations that are well-lit and where you will not be alone.
Make sure your car is roadtrip-ready.
Nothing puts a dent in your trip like being stranded on the side of a highway, alone. Always take your car in for servicing before you head out – you shouldn’t be trekking hundreds of miles before making sure your tires are in good condition, your oil is changed, and your car is totally road-ready. Investing in roadside assistance doesn’t hurt, either!
Don’t overpack, but make sure you don’t exclude the essentials. While you probably don’t need that third pair of jean shorts, you will most certainly need a map and GPS (bring both! Trust me on that one!), extra socks, a way to charge your cell phone, flashlight, your ID and car paperwork, and extra blankets/sleeping bag in case of an emergency.
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