Ultimate Europe Group Road Trip Planner: 9 Tips on how to travel by car with a group12-02-2021
What better way to create beautiful memories than to travel and discover the world with your car with friends? A group road trip in Europe is undoubtedly a joyful event for everyone, however, it is definitely an easier feat when there is at least a minimum amount of organization.
Good preparation is key so that everyone can enjoy the holidays as much as possible! Check out these top 9 tips and tricks to help you have a relaxed European road trip with your travel buddies
1. Choose your destination together
Where to go? This is the first step to any vacation. The most important thing is to choose a destination that suits your preferences and needs. Do some research on local attractions, impressive sights, restaurants, museums etc. and see which place offers the things best suited for your desires. When travelling with other people, it is best to let everyone present their destinations and discuss the options. By doing this, you can guarantee that everyone is happy with the final decision.
Optionally, you can also find other great European road trips ideas, such as this list for the best European road trips, which require a bit less planning.
2. Have a safe road trip!
Now more than ever, it is important to check the regulations present at your final and in between destinations to avoid any unnecessary hassle. Make sure to pack multiple facemasks, hand sanitisers and have all necessary documents and tests ready. At this moment, it might even be best to stick to places within your own country when planning your road trip.
Some regulations per country:
If you or anyone in your road trip travel group has special medical or dietary needs, do some research and find out what you might need before going. Ask your doctor for advice! They are in a good position to tell you what medications to pack if, for example, you get carsick a lot.
3. Plan your route
It is always a good idea to check where there are possible gas stations along the way to avoid running low on gas and to decide in which places you’d like a layover if you are planning a longer road trip with the group.
Further, if you are travelling with an electric vehicle, check the locations of the charging stations in advance.
4. Planning accommodation, attractions, museums etc.
Destination?... Check! Now all that's left to do is organize everything. When you are travelling in a group, make sure to divide the responsibilities and to set a deadline, so that everyone knows what they need to do. Make sure to have a hotel or Airbnb booked, plan the fastest route to this destination and reserve your parking space in advance!
Through Mobypark, you can also easily find which parkings also have the possibility to charge your car. Simply activate the ‘electric charging station’ filter and you will see all your options. Make sure to book your parking spot in advance to guarantee you have a spot when you arrive.
A well-prepared trip will allow you to make the most of your vacation
5. Packing - don’t overpack!
Especially if you're going by car with a group of people. You do not want to have to sit in an overpacked car or carry lots of things from the car to your accommodation and back. Only take what you need, to avoid having things with you that you do not need. You can always buy things at the destination if you need it and help stimulate the local economy. If you're a little lost on what to pack as a group, don't panic! There are a multitude of lists to pack for a road trip from the internet which you can use as a guide.
Little advice: Always bring at least one sweater! Don't be fooled by a "summer" destination where it's hot! You will most likely also do things indoors and there might be cool nights in some hot countries.
Finally, communicate who in the group will bring what. It would be a waste if you have four sets of speakers and no snacks.
6. Fun on the road!
It can get quite boring to be in the car for longer periods of time. It is therefore highly recommended to think of fun and amusing games to keep the group occupied! You could create a fun singalong playlist, which will be great for dull moments on the road or even make someone responsible to create a personalised quiz, such as answering the question: “most likely to...”.
Additionally, you could check in advance if there are any nice attractions along the road that would be worth stopping for.
7. Bring snacks
"When do we eat?"... "I'm hungry!". You won't escape it! Especially on long trips. As it is not always possible to stop on the way, don't forget to bring bottled water and snacks!
8. Take breaks
A long journey on the road can be stressful for everyone. Decide on a schedule of who will drive when and take regular breaks at resting areas. You can anticipate your stops by checking, depending on your route, which resting areas are available.
Besides getting some fresh air and stretching your legs a little bit, you could also improvise a small picnic (if the weather is suitable) on the fresh grass? Or even get energised with a group activity such as playing soccer.
9. Relax and enjoy the group road trip
Organizing a road trip for a group can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. But do not forget that road trips should just be fun. You must keep in mind that you will never be able to plan everything down to the last detail, so leave a little room for unexpected things and spontaneity! Listen to the needs of the rest of your travel buddies.
Be flexible! Relax and enjoy! It's a chance to forget about the routine and create happy moments and unforgettable memories. Have a great road trip!
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