How to plan the perfect autumn road trip

Grab a friend, turn up the music and take to the road for an unforgettable weekend away.

Autumn is the perfect time to escape. The temperature lends itself to crisp days and clear nights and, although summer is a distant memory, you can extend the holiday vibe with a weekend away.

To ensure it remains perfect from start to finish, here are five essential prep steps to consider.

The perfect companion

A weekend road trip is less of an investment of time and money than an annual holiday, so now is the time to make it happen by sidestepping family commitments to hit the open road with a really great friend. All that time to chat without any small children screaming from the back seat? Pure heaven!

If you have a friend you have meant to catch up with, sync your diaries now and clear a weekend within the next month or so. Whether you travel an hour out of town or interstate, the benefits will last way longer than the brief getaway.

The perfect playlist

You know all those tunes you play when no one else is around? The melancholy music that takes you back to your youth, or the chill beats that make you want to sing at the top of your lungs? That is the type of stuff you need on your stereo during your escape. Plan ahead with a playlist so wherever you go, you're always in tune.

The perfect car

Not sporting a soft-top for the open road? There is no need. Ensure your vehicle is the perfect carriage for a safe and secure escape by giving it a good clean beforehand and ensuring you check all the essential safety elements including lights, oil, water and wipers. And don't overlook your tyres! Aside from ensuring you have a spare, check your tyre pressure and tread.

If you're overdue for a wheel alignment, then now is the time to have this looked at by a professional. Set off free of any stress when it comes to your safety.

The perfect suitcase

Another benefit of a mid-distance driving journey is that you can avoid any big surprises when it comes to the climate. Keep packing simple and throw in the essentials depending on where you're heading. This may be a waterproof jacket and hiking boots if you're heading to the hills, or a swimsuit and a riveting read should you be heading seaside. Either way, have a weekend off washing and resign yourself to wearing comfy clothes and kicking any fashion goals to the curb.

The perfect plan

Can’t come to an agreement of where to go? Throw five driving distance destinations in a hat each and choose one at random. At this time of year, accommodation should be easily accessible, and you can leave all other dining or exploring plans to chance once you arrive.

Aside from that, simply buckle yourself in, turn up the tunes and escape on a safe and soul-enriching autumn getaway!

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