Wind gushing through your hair, your favorite music playing in the background and a bag full of snacks
to munch on- a pretty accurate description of every road trip ever.
With the current situation, people are preferring a more private, intimate and fun getaway for
themselves, road trips are hence the new fad.
Family Trip during Covid Times
An Educationist from the city, Mrs Simeen Muneer decided to take a road trip from Hyderabad to Coorg with her family; what was supposed to be a weekend getaway turned into a month long vacation. The beautiful coffee estate they rented out was the perfect place to be. Away from the city’s chaos that was taking a toll on the mental health, this vacation provided them the break they needed. For the trip, they had gotten an ice box filled with fruit juices to ward off the summer heat and instant snacks that require
For their stay, they carried with them all the basic essentials like fresh produce from farms on the way like tomatoes, potatoes, onions, green chilies, a basic Indian spice box and mango pickle to prepare their meals in the kitchen at the gorgeous estate. They mentioned being swooned over by the homemade chocolates, bottles of pure sweet nectar (honey) and not to forget the freshly brewed coffee of Coorg.
Challenges during road trip
The trip wasn’t all hunky dory though, they also faced sudden challenges. A flat tire put a halt to their journey for a good 3 hours as there wasn’t any help available around. Thankfully, a few goo d Samaritans came along, helped them with it, and they were all good to go. So, getting your car serviced before any trip is always a great idea and will save you a lot of time and effort. Another challenge was lack of restrooms along the way, moreover utilizing public restrooms during these times isn’t a great idea
Another individual, Mr. Raj Naidu an entrepreneur made a sudden plan to go on a trip for a day from Hyderabad to Ananthagiri hills. The hills meant a peaceful atmosphere away from the city’s hustle bustle. He suggests travelling only in the evenings during this summer season to avoid getting affected by the loo and to stay hydrated at all times.
Food to carry during road trip All road trips revolve around reminiscing of memories long forgotten and no doubt, food. Food that is easy to make at home and pack are preferred like Sandwiches, pita bread, hummus, sweet and sour bhel, poha, upma, granola bars, potato chips… the list can go on. Generally, tangy food must be
consumed while travelling as it reduces car sickness. Before the pandemic, people had no qualms about eating at dhabas and highway joints or picking up street food for their road trip, in fact that was considered the best part of the entire trip. Whereas, today people pay utmost heed to the hygiene and safety factor, with no compromises. People don’t mind making and packing their own food in to-go boxes as it’s a lot safer and reliable.
A recent article by Robert Baldwin in caranddriver.com mentions that post pandemic people are more likely to take road trips. Researchers have found that in a COVID-19 world, it’s starting to look like more and more people will be skipping the sky for some time on the road. It was also found that local travel by personal vehicle was deemed to be extremely low risk by the highest percentage (59 percent) of those responding.
Here is list of some of the things you need to carry on your next road trip-
- Chargers for your phone
- A first aid kit
- A neck rest and a few pillows
- Puncture repair kit
- A personal hygiene kit (face wash, sunscreen, lip balm, wet wipes)
- An Ice box for juices and drinks
Before the pandemic, road trips were long forgotten by people as it meant sacrificing a lot of time and effort…forgetting that the greatest part of a road trip is in fact the journey and not the destination.