There is nothing like the feeling of setting your course for the open road. The sense of freedom, spontaneity; the liberty to choose your route and go your own way. A drive becomes its own journey – landscapes shift and climates change, and you find yourself immersed in a tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavours, connecting with the nuances of different regions.
Whether embarking upon a quick weekend getaway or taking the road less travelled for week or more, make the most of your experience with these five must-haves:
1. Good company
Road trips provide an opportunity to forge a deep connection with your travel companions – be it with friends or family, good company is an essential way to make travelling fun. Embrace classic road trip games, or use the time as an opportunity to get to know one another better through some conversational thought-starters. You’ll be surprised at what you might learn just asking someone to describe their first memory, their ultimate holiday destination or their favourite movie (and why).
2. A solid plan
Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted. In other words, set your mind at ease knowing everything’s sorted by planning ahead in the lead-up to your trip. Be as granular as you’d like, including identifying where to stop for petrol, where you’ll eat, and what you need to pack. You’ll thank yourself later.
3. A road trip playlist (or a few)
As with all facets of life, the right music can do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to setting the scene. Whether it’s a playlist of timeless classics or a rotation of new hits, having a good mix of music to listen to can not only make time fly, but can also help shape special memories. Sick of singing? Alternate with a podcast.
4. Great snacks and hydration
This one might appear obvious, but having ample food and water on hand can make or break a road trip. Be sure to throw in plenty of wholesome, nutrient-dense snacks that will stave off bad decisions caused by desperate hunger. Popcorn, granola, yoghurt pouches, protein bars and fruit will keep you fuller for longer stretches, and sustain your energy levels. And don’t forget your Yeti – they say hunger is often thirst in disguise, so bring your cup holder-friendly insulated bottle.
5. A good pit stop
Enter: Oliver’s. Our highway restaurants are the perfect locale to stop, stretch your legs, grab a nourishing bite to eat, and use the bathrooms. We’re also ready to serve you healthy, nutritious meals, snacks and beverages to keep your body and mind fuelled for the rest of your journey. In a hurry? Place your order online and we’ll have it ready for collection when you arrive.