This article was published on April 5th, 2020
Summer is around the corner and now is the time to start planning for your Great Gay Road Trip, a classic summer vacation tradition. It’s fun for friends and family – as long as you do it right. There are many, many ways to make a road trip disastrous. A monster wreck of a road trip can end up being an endearing and funny story, but that’s normally long after the trip is over. While it’s happening, it’s absolutely not funny. Here are several tips to make your Great Gay Road Trip a truly fabulous gay experience.
- Check your vehicle
You are not going to have an enjoyable road trip if you don’t prioritize safety and functionality. This means that your vehicle needs to be up to all the proper safety standards in case an accident does occur. You also want to make sure that your vehicle is functioning properly. The best thing to do is to take your vehicle to the dealership or a professional service shop and have them do an oil change and an inspection. Then you can make informed decisions about what items may need to be repaired or replaced before you head out on the road. There’s no better road trip buzz kill than having your car break down in the middle of the trip. Granted, getting it fixed can be its own fun story.
- Clean your ride
You are going to be in this car for days on end; you owe it to yourself and your passengers to clean your car. There’s nothing that is going to make your ride more uncomfortable than being in cramped quarters, surrounded by trash, and mysterious funky odors. Take all the garbage out of the car, including from the center console, doors, seatbacks, and glovebox. Give it a good vacuum, including the seats and floors. Clean the inside of the inside of all the windows and the rearview mirror. Spray some fabric refresher on the seats and carpet. Finally, wash the entire outside of the car, including the window and wheels. Make it sparkle and clean, for everyone’s sakes.
- Download Waze
The first rule of any road trip is to not get pulled over and not get tickets. Back in the day you had to buy a radar detector that would alert you where all the cops were. Now, all you need is Waze, a navigation map alternative that comes complete with inbuilt police tracker. Keep it open on at least one of your phones and handle yourself appropriately when 5-0 is out. Also, don’t use your phone while driving; it’s dangerous and you can be ticketed for distracted driving.
- Sign up for automobile assistance
The best way to kill the mood is to have your ride breakdown. But what’s worse than that is to have your ride breakdown, but not have any means of fixing it or getting out of your predicament. You should have a basic roadside emergency kit that includes a spare tire, jack, jumper cables/portable booster, etc.
But make sure you’re paying for a roadside emergency roadside service. It will come through in a pinch when you realize you don’t know how to replace a spare tire, resulting in you having a meltdown. It’s easier to call the professional. You don’t have to pay for this service forever either; just keep it for the duration of the road trip.
- Plan a flexible route
A road trip is about seeing and experiencing different regions that you’ve never seen before. Yes, you definitely want a schedule, and an itinerary, but you don’t want it to rule the trip. You may find yourself arriving in a town, park, or city and want to spend an extra day to explore and rest. Remember your schedule is not set in stone; it’s more fun that way.
- Plan your route with an app
If you don’t want to plan your trip or you just flat out suck at it, download an app to help you out. There are some great apps that will help you figure out what to do and where to do it. These apps include logistics, navigation, and tourism all in one. Consider it a road trip experience enhancer.
- Pack a tent
When it comes to lodging on a road trip, everyone has to pick the best choice for themselves. There are some people who absolutely need a certain type of comfort, no exceptions. But, no matter how well you plan it, there are going to be times where you struggle to find a place to stay. That’s why you should always pack a tent, so that you can stay at a campground.
These are just a few of the things to look out for when embarking on your Great Gay Road Trip. There are a lot more, but most of them revolve around common sense. But the biggest tip is to have fun.