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Road Trip Prep – 1 Month Prior

Here is our official “1 Month Before You Go” prep list for road trips and vacations. Use it for extended hotel stays, holiday getaways and travel away from home. Want a printable list? Download the free “How to Prepare for a Road Trip Vacation” and get all the to do lists in printer friendly PDF format.

  • Join the local auto club AAA or CAA.
  • Get an international drivers license if required.
  • Arrange pet care or accommodations.
  • Go to the dentist for checkup and cleaning.
  • Notify the day care, school, etc, of away time.
  • Arrange for a house sitter and emergency contact.
  • Arrange for pet care if not bringing them along.
  • Hire a gardener or lawn care service for long trips.
  • Create a budget for the trip, if money is tight.
  • Calculate your car’s gas usage to budget accordingly.
  • Revisit and revise your road trip plan.
  • Create your itinerary if on a time limited trip.
  • Map out the route you plan to drive.
  • Plan which days will be driving and resting days.
  • Research the hotel chains you’re considering.
  • Use the Google Maps app for virtual tours of towns.
  • Decide on which towns you’ll be exploring.
  • Purchase any special event or festival tickets.
  • Buy a video, or digital camera and practice using it.
  • Buy adapters & cords for AC power, USB, data transfer.
  • Download the Road Trip Vacation Packing Lists PDF.

Did we miss something on our “1 Month Before You Go” road trip vacation prep list? Please contact us at Driving Road Trips and let us know. Thank you!