HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT ROAD TRIP: TRAVEL TIPS & HACKS

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You’ve got some free time and you want to hit the road? We’re the Vagabrothers, and this is how you plan the perfect road trip. Road trips. Group of best friends. The open road. An unforgettable adventure or a total nightmare. Everything depends on the people you’re with, the places you go, and how you get there. Follow these tips, and you’re sure to have the experience of a lifetime. First thing first: choose your vehicle wisely. You want some thing spacious so you can spread out and stay comfy on those long rides. This is like the ultimate road-trip vehicle: lots of character. We installed a sound system so it’s pumping. Step two: assemble your squad. Even more important than your ride is your squad. These should be your best friends because you’re going to be stuck in a car with them for a long, long time. The larger your group, the more time you’re going to spend waiting for everybody to get ready. So thin your squad for a lean, mean road-trip team. Step three: plan your route. Get everyone on the same page about where you’re going and what you’re doing. Talk about must do’s….and won’t do’s. Don’t plan too much in advance, but research places that you know you want to visit so you don’t show up on the one day of the year that it’s closed. Websites such as Road Trippers and On the Way help you plan your route and find cool places to stop. Remember….and this might be the most important point of all…plan to go slower than you think. Trying to do too much in too little time will just make things hectic and could ruin the experience. Step four: final preparations. Before you go, get your car tuned, fill the tires with air, and make sure you have the following: a spare tire, car’s registration and insurance; a real map to inspire detours; Google maps and a sim card to power it; spare change for toll roads; a sleeping bag a bivvy sac for rough camping; a multi port charger, trash bags, duct tape first-aid kit, air freshener, and plenty of snacks; a laundry bag; a good camera; a water bag and refillable bottles; a spare key in case you lock yours in the car; toilet paper for emergencies and hand sanitizer. And if your car is a little bit old, you should bring a fire extinguisher. Quick, quick, quick…in here! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! Dude. That could.. literally… be the whole van. We could have lost the whole van just then. After that, fill up your tank and hit the road. Once you’re moving, the key is a positive attitude and plenty of gumption. Next up : lodging. If you have a camper van, you’re sorted. If not, camp under the stars or use couch surfing for a free local experience. There’s no need to book every night in advance. So play it by ear. Use apps like Hotel Tonight or Instant Book on Airbnb to pick up rooms on the fly. For food buy a small collapsible cooler and fill it with food you don’t need to cook And avoid stressing about money by creating a kitty fund. Everyone throws some money into a jar, which gets used for all road-trip essentials. Otherwise you can use apps like Trip Splitter to keep track of how much everyone spent and divide the bill afterwards. Also it’s super important to keep a balance between being spontaneous and being practical. Know when it’s time to haul ass from A to B, or when it’s time to get out of the car and go explore. Have you been here before, Carrie? I’ve never been here before, and it’s stunning. The color of the water is just unreal. I didn’t know California had blue-greeny water like that. It’s pretty epic. Your main expenses are going to be fuel, accommodation and food. Here’s how to avoid breaking the bank. Number one: gasoline. Cut weight by avoiding all unnecessary junk and packing as light as possible. Drive the speed limit. This improves fuel efficiency by up to one-third. Avoid the lonely gas station. Make sure you fill up in big cities where competition keeps prices lower. What’s your road-trip tip? Stay flexible. Don’t get too caught up in the exact plans because inevitably things are going to change, and you don’t want to get really stressed out about it. So if you stay pretty chill and flexible with the plan changing, you’re going to enjoy yourself. My road-trip tip is….. to get really good music and awesome play lists because music makes about fifty percent of what makes a road-trip fun. Get some sing-along tunes, some Kygo and just blast it the whole way. Snacks. Get the corn nuts. Make sure you bring all the snacks, and always think about your next meal because you might be in the middle of nowhere; there’s no food. You should always have snacks with you. My tip is to grab a good bunch of friends to come with you because what ever happens if it’s some kind of accident, friends bring everything together. You can play games together. You can enjoy the outdoors and the nature together, and just have a bunch of fun. How sick is this? No, never been before. Always be safe and be ready. Battery packs. Portable batteries are always your best friends. You need to bring lots of power and battery stuff. I travel with six USB battery packs. Sam said the same exact thing. Really? Ah, f**k you, man! All right, guys. Those are our tips for the perfect road-trip. What are yours? Drop them in the comment section. If you enjoyed the video, thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and go subscribe to all our buddies. And the Vagabrothers. Don’t forget us. Travel videos every week. In the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace. Oh no. You’ve got stuff right up in both your front teeth. Thanks for telling me. How about a f**king toothbrush for essentials? Seriously.


100 Comments

BigSirZebras · February 26, 2017 at 1:05 am

This is a rough guide. Don't follow it exactly. For instance, if your map is of California becuase that is where you are don't bring euros 1:45 to 1:52

ryan sanders · March 4, 2017 at 4:06 am

Every adventure starts with one helluva crazy idea

frogbear02 · March 4, 2017 at 5:16 am

I've heard big cities charge higher for gas o.o Maybe its a state thing?

TheMrBoy · March 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Im going on northern canada road/hike trip any other suggestions (in the summers)

Frank Grimes · March 14, 2017 at 2:09 am

These guys are tools. Typical obnoxious tourists, think they're unique but they copy every fashion trend and wear clothes straight from a catalog.

Techytech · March 16, 2017 at 10:25 pm

I find it hard to believe you all get on. The politics behind the scenes must be unbearable in such a small space.

Diim ツ · March 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Snaks and playlist

ghazala ghazi · March 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm

My tip would be avoid spicy & non veg food all the through ur journey. once a while its ok. and also to leave ur stomach little empty when u eat ur meals. Though its a very old n boring tip to follow but ppl doesn't realise it and eventually fail to enjoy their journey to its full extent. and also enjoy nature when u pass through those green bunches n lovely lakes etc etc….

Carol Taylor · March 30, 2017 at 7:47 am

I'm an Aussie and back in 2014 l did a road trip of the UK in 17 days, on my own, at the age of 49 ( just shy of 50)..hired a Wicked campervan..l had pre planned all the places l was going and places l was going to crash/park for the night and not once did l end up staying at any of these spots (except for when l was staying over night at friends places l was visiting)..discovered that planned destinations were a lot further away than google maps said they were so l ended up taking longer to get to places l wanted to see and had to cut out totally other places to allow to get back in time to return van..but because of that l think l ended up having a better adventure and got to find things l hadn't planned to see..l found plenty of free places to park overnight and very interesting too..slept with Northumbrian ponies on the edge of dunes one night, truckies on others, cool streams in forests and cul-de-sacs as well..and I'm off to do it again in a couple of months..

PETAAA · April 4, 2017 at 11:16 am

Thank you for the tips. I hope i can use them for my roadtrip.

Btw. 1:03 Dat Ass

Sonny · April 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Great Video… Thank you for posting…

Cody Burksen · April 11, 2017 at 8:01 am

thanks!

Adarsh GUPTA · April 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm

Download offline maps in advance of all those possible routes you might take. Don't trust internet on road 😀

Michael Morris · April 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm

I travel solo because I get annoyed with people easily haha

Love Letters · May 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm

So amazing, you should have more subs! I'm planning a trip soon and this was very helpful!

Tiff · May 24, 2017 at 4:51 am

What were the places in this video? Especially the bridge spots at 0:48 and 3:40–3:50. I'm planning a road trip up the west coast! Let me know, nice video guys

Callie Gardiner · May 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm

what part of california is this?

Usman M · May 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Anyway to find partner for a road trip? Am traveling June 1st weekend from LA to Houston?

David Sanchez · May 28, 2017 at 1:06 am

a buddy and i have driven from san diego to oregon several times. one rule of thumb i always keep in mind is as soon as you have a 1/4 tank left of gas, is to start looking for the next gas station to fill up.

wear light, comfortable clothing.

christian cortes · June 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

I think this video is good for group travellers. What about solo travellers?

Ben Oatley · June 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

I'm 15 and me and 3 friends are planning a road trip already

love2understand · June 19, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Wow the U.S. is a very beatifull country

Alaa · June 24, 2017 at 11:57 am

whats is the name of 5:33 track?

Vampira Mayhem · July 2, 2017 at 4:35 am

I can't camp rough in Aus, everything wants to eat/kill me! xD

The Adventure of Maurice the Landy · July 6, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Love the sock at 2:32

jodi biggar · July 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Hi guys, I think you should do a video on all the apps and websites you can use when going away or back packing 🙂

Tagträumerin · July 22, 2017 at 7:28 pm

I will begin a roadtrip through Europe tomorrow and although some of my best friend are there too, I am a bit nervous because of the other people coming with us…

Adam Wiradimadja · August 13, 2017 at 7:36 am

I drive a VW Eurovan 2.5 GL '00 my tips, don't forget to bring your Adventurist-Mechanic friend.
They always help to keep your van ready to go.

Happy van dwelling from Indonesia!

CeeGee · August 14, 2017 at 12:43 am

I just came back from my Europe road trip and I just uploaded the first part of it. Anyone want to give me some advice on it?

JINWEI SU · August 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Hi hi. Would u able to share with me the water fall location?

Nick Ian · August 21, 2017 at 11:33 am

Grab a few different balls or a frisbee!

Dante Howlstice · August 24, 2017 at 9:41 pm

How to road trip: have lots of money. You can tell these guys just have oodles of cash to throw at things.

Best Man · August 29, 2017 at 11:55 am

bring condoms

Bart Blom · August 31, 2017 at 11:45 am

Type "ok maps" in google maps to download areas where you dont have connection,
Ok maps will download a selected area so that you can navigate without wifi or 4g.

The Australian Oak · August 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Learn another language.

Merica 1st · September 2, 2017 at 10:49 am

These people are idiots

Stephen Imsong · September 4, 2017 at 3:26 am

Its interesting to see the difference in attitudes and practices coming from someone who enjoys solo trip on a motorcycle. To each their own, but once you start traveling on two wheels its really hard to go back to four.

WildCard Journeys · September 9, 2017 at 10:15 am

Audio Books! Especially if you're driving solo. I listened to one when I drove from L.A. to Phoenix a few years ago, which is about a six hour drive give or take. But I arrived before the story was finished, so everywhere I drove that weekend I was trying to finish it in 5to 15 minute snippets, Lol.

Natalie Tanner Blogger - The Educational Tourist · September 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm

California is a spot my kids are dying to visit. Great road trip area!!

COLORLESS · October 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm

This is perfect! Check our new road trip documentary on our channel and subscribe if you like.

Gabriel Beaton · November 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

what type of a car do you have?

Ahmed Alhmdan · November 29, 2017 at 2:39 am

حلمي بهيك رحلة مع هيك قروب بس للاسف لا استطيع لانني من سوريا 😧

Flight Of Spice Blog · December 22, 2017 at 6:04 am

Im so addicted to travel! #Gypset

The Journey · December 30, 2017 at 3:16 am

Nothing is truer than who you are with! Makes a huge difference!

Marcos Lucio Silva · January 8, 2018 at 1:18 am

People
very clean
in this video.
Yours travel???

Ocean Blue · January 9, 2018 at 5:02 am

Song at the very start?

Eric orozco · January 11, 2018 at 8:39 am

but idk how to replace a flat tire

Odilon LAPALU-DELORD · January 24, 2018 at 1:41 pm

TEAM CANIOT

Ocean Blue · January 25, 2018 at 2:52 am

First song is Saxton-Aurora ft tara de santis

Poseidon Adventures · February 15, 2018 at 4:04 pm

instead of buying snacks buy snacks before you leave like bulk trail mix. Saves on time of stopping and saves money as gas stations tend to have higher prices. I also have a sodastream so no need to continue to purchase drinks. Making food before going is a great way to save time and money like sandwiches.

Valerie Blomquist · February 15, 2018 at 7:10 pm

honestly don't forget the friend one… once went on a HORRIBLE trip stuck for hours with the worst 2 people ever………………….. y'all can imagine… then one didn't even pay gas or toll money just dipped out

Sandy och Patrik · March 13, 2018 at 11:38 am

Currently at work dreaming of another roadtrip this summer, last summer we (me andGF) did Sweden to Montenegro and back. (see channel, more and more episodes are subtitled and new one every week). This clip is definitely added to my watch later when planning and dreaming!

The PDX Perception · March 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Multnomah Falls? Rep! Good tips tho headed to LA from Portland, bout to be good times 🤙

Jamal McLovin · May 21, 2018 at 1:19 am

I wish I had friends like yall

TripJay21 · May 24, 2018 at 12:52 am

van goes on fire….quick! fill it with gas. 😂😂

Yanique Williams · May 28, 2018 at 11:10 pm

Your video is the best one because everyone else talks too much

Linkendo · May 29, 2018 at 8:27 am

Poop

Debra Moss · June 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Inspired and excited!

Spocklovesgelato · June 8, 2018 at 4:38 am

Don’t get the corn nuts! Worst smell in an enclosed environment.

dollarsmakesense11 · June 9, 2018 at 5:51 am

Great tips Vagabrothers. I would just like to add the following: (1) make a list of stuff to pack, hotel itineraries, phone numbers along with a map ( 2) check the spare tire on vehicle prior to your journey (3) check inventory of emergency equipment i.e. tire jack, lug wrench, tire inflater, jumper cables, tool kit, etc. (4) if towing a trailer, check trailer wiring, spare tire and light functions (5) bring laundry bag and pods { you're going to wash your clothes, right?} (6) top off all fluids in vehicle, have oil changed prior to journey (7) have a safe and fun trip!

Justin Ryan · July 5, 2018 at 9:42 pm

miami to boston and back for a week and we leave in 2 days

bartellj · July 6, 2018 at 4:40 am

If you go through Northern California you should stop here at the Windmill Ranch! Its pretty amazing! https://youtu.be/PzHq8HQlR-w

Benjamin Michael von Lichtenwald · July 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

1:07 Dat ass tho

Anam Cara · July 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Just filmed my own video diary of a road trip across america after watching this video x would love if anyone took a minute to go check it out and let me know what they think 🙂

Matteo Busi · July 13, 2018 at 7:33 pm

Nice video! Useful for planning my next road trip to from Bay Area to Utah/Arizona and the way back.
By the way where is that place with the waterfall that goes directly into sea?? <3

Aztec · July 31, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Great tips!

Edward Gaines · August 11, 2018 at 11:20 pm

Road Trippers website, got it!

greg Botlin · August 15, 2018 at 12:33 am

"water like that, it's pretty epic" ……….Dudes a total tool. I don't even have to know him.

Hive Mind · August 16, 2018 at 4:35 am

1:08 niceeee

josh quill · October 5, 2018 at 12:26 am

I plan on doing a 5-6month road trip all around the U.S. and Canada by myself. Really looking forward to it. I'm doing as much research as possible and trying to figure out what to go see, and how I'm going to be doing lodging. I wouldn't mind doing Couchsurfing, if it's free, it's me. Gotta make my money stretch as much as possible, also okay with just parking my car at a rest stop or even on the side of the road to sleep, and camping, probably going to be doing a lot of camping. Thanks for the video guys, makes me even more excited about my road trip. Wish you guys the best.

Nearprod · October 8, 2018 at 7:16 am

I was Cumming during this vidéo

kenneth mutai · October 10, 2018 at 5:06 am

This video was so so helpful ,thank you guys!!! Have a road trip too end of this year

Kimberley Bonardo · October 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm

Because of you my english teacher gave me an exercice : how to road trip ? Thank you ! I'm french and you speaking so louder ! But it's a very good video !

Benjamin Michael von Lichtenwald · October 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Histers with their edgy hats

Scenic View · October 28, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Might sound strange but syncing intermittent fasting scheds also works wonders. Eat once a day, save time, save money. Also a water heater for tea or a small coffee maker for black coffee.

El Cat · November 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

did she just say " get some kygo?" lol. i literally listen to kygo on a daily basis and have never thought about them in this way!🤣🤣🤣🤣

Hashslingingslasher · November 13, 2018 at 1:14 am

"Always but safe and be ready" …. 'yEAH nah cut CUT, terrible, reroll the scene'

Maxime Hess · November 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm

TES MARCHAL rpz

Sonny · December 7, 2018 at 8:24 pm

Great Video. Thank you for posting. This was informative and helpful.

studiobrar · December 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

Thanks for an awesome video…short sweet and to the point… cheers!

Jason L · January 17, 2019 at 5:18 am

I wish I can do road trips but need to finish college and get a job first…then I prob still can't bc I will be working full time. The struggle…

Skyubhappy · January 30, 2019 at 7:20 am

OMG, just realized I have been to that treehouse. That entire area is so cool. It is a tiny community with different little shelters. My friend and I stayed in the hobbit hole on our road trip in Oregon. So pretty and peaceful there.