Road trips are so much fun, especially when you get to end up in a fabulous destination! While the vacation in the end is super fun, the road trip there is equally as fun and important. Vacations are costly as it is, but making stops on the road trip can add up extremely fast and leave you with a smaller budget at your destination. There are a few ways to keep your road trip budget in line and make sure that you’re only spending as much as you absolutely have to on the road!
1. Pack snacks.
Packing snacks prevents you from stopping frequently to buy expensive junk food on the road. Gas stations hike the prices of snack foods because they know they will sell no matter what. In essence, they want you to depend on them for food on the road. By packing your own snacks, you can save a lot of money on your road trip. The easiest way to do this is to bring a cooler, and pack it with fruit, cheese, crackers, and things that are easily transportable.
2. Bring gallons of water.
Bringing gallons of water on your trip will keep you extremely hydrated and is much more cost efficient. Not only is soda unhealthy, but it’s extremely expensive. You get a lot more bang for your buck by drinking gallons of water on your trip!
3. Use a smart phone app to find gas stations.
You want to use an app like Gas Buddy or Waze so you can look up gas prices near where you are. These apps display a list of gas stations with their respective prices so you can find the cheapest gas in your area. This can add up to be huge road trip savings because some gas stations are strategically priced based on their location, and had you driven a few miles farther, you could’ve saved a lot more! So be sure to check the prices before buying.
4. Shop around for hotel rooms.
Plan hotel rooms and stops before you even leave the house. It’s easy to just decide to drive until you’re tired, and then stop. But this doesn’t leave you with much room to budget and plan. You’ll want to shop around for prices beforehand and plan your stops so that you have an idea of how much it’s going to cost!
Follow these guidelines for a well budgeted road trip and you’ll be glad you did! What other tips do you take into consideration when you go on a road trip? Let me know in the comments below!