Travel Tips for College Students
When you leave for college, a lot can change. From new friends to new classes, college provides you with a ton of new opportunities, one of which is the opportunity to do a lot more traveling than you may have done in high school.
Whether you commute from home or drive cross-country to reach your school, the potential for traveling opportunities in college is high. Not only do you have to get to and from school at every holiday break, but you’ll probably end up taking weekend trips with friends, too. To stay safe in the car, use the following travel tips that can come in especially handy for college students on the road:
- Carpool Driving home for the holiday break? See who else lives close by and form a carpool to save money on gas. Plus, having someone in the car with you makes traveling more fun and can also help keep you awake if you’re driving at night.
- Bring Cash If you’re driving a long distance, make sure to get out cash at your bank before you hit the road. ATM machines at random highway gas stations will probably not be affiliated with your bank, meaning you’ll be forced to pay some high convenience fees.
- Pack Light If you’re flying, having a lighter suitcase can save you from paying for overweight bag charges, but packing light for a road trip also has its benefits. A smaller bag will take up less space in your trunk and provides you with space for anything you might want to bring back to school with you.
- Slow Down The faster you go the more gas you waste, so stay close to the speed limit if you want to save money. The fewer times you stop to fill up on gas, the more cash you’ll keep in your wallet.
- Bring a Car Charger If you use your phone for directions, music and phone calls your battery probably won’t last very long. Invest in a car charger to prevent your phone from dying mid-trip and so you won’t be stranded if you need roadside assistance.
- Pack an Emergency Kit No matter how far you’re driving, keeping an emergency kit in your trunk is always a smart idea. Pack your kit with items like granola bars, bottled water, blankets and flares to be prepared for any emergency.
Using these tips can make even the most daunting road trips a little more manageable. Stay safe on the roads and have a great school year!
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