In recent years, with many noteworthy improvements made to the infrastructure of national highways and motorways in Pakistan, intercity travelling has become more convenient than ever. This is why a lot of people nowadays travel between cities and to other popular tourist destinations around the country in their own cars.
So, if you are also planning to go on a long-distance road trip with your family or friends and want to have a comfortable and safe travel experience, then we’re here to help. In this blog, we are going to give you some of the most important road trip tips for travelling around Pakistan.
Let’s get started!
Important Tips for Comfortable Road Trips in Pakistan
If you want to experience comfortable road trips in Pakistan, make sure you take note of all the below-mentioned tips on planning and packing for your trip.
- Make Sure You Have Taken Enough Sleep
- Know Your Destination
- Have a Physical Map
- Plan All Your Rest Stops Beforehand
- Keeping Kids Entertained
- Keep An Eye Out for Road Signs
Make Sure You Have Taken Enough Sleep
One of the most important safety tips for road trips is building up the right energy level for your upcoming road trip. This becomes more important for you if you are the one who is going to drive. The night before your journey, sleep for at least 7-8 hours. Regular breaks are also very necessary during your trip to rest for a while. This will help you stay fresh, alert and focused on the road.
Safety Tip: Carefulness and alertness when driving on high speeds, significantly reduce the hazards of road accidents.
Know Your Destination
Don’t forget to do complete research on your destination beforehand. Look for the environment of the place and the best popular landmarks in it. It is one of the most useful tips for comfortable road trips in Pakistan, which will help you get to know more about the weather and the best routes to get to your desired location. If you’re travelling to a tourist destination, you may find many vlogs on YouTube and other video streaming sites. These may be very helpful with your trip.
Have a Physical Map
Of course, you can’t just rely on mobile internet or your smartphone for navigation, don’t forget to carry a physical map on your journey. You can simply get the entire route map printed on a paper. It may come in handy, if you have lost your way and your phone’s network isn’t working.
Safety Tip: If you have lost your way or your car has broken, you can simply reach out to the National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) by calling their helpline number: 130. The availability of their services may vary from region to region. Read this blog for complete details on the services offered by the National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP).
Plan All Your Rest Stops Beforehand
As discussed, it is important to have stopovers in your journey if you want to avoid the feeling of tiredness. It may spoil the thrill of your journey. So, one of the most important tips for taking road trips in Pakistan is to plan all your rest stops before you begin your journey.
The availability of digital route maps on the internet makes it easy for you to know your route and the rest areas available on it before you even hit the road. This is how you can also plan your meals during your journey as it is also very important for you to stay energised.
For instance, on Lahore-Islamabad M2 Motorway, which is one of Pakistan’s best motorways, you’ll find plenty of rest areas. Most of these places have international fast food chain eateries, well-maintained rest rooms and sometimes even lodges for a short stay.
Keeping Kids Entertained
Long distance road trips in Pakistan can be boring, especially for kids. To make things fun, you can bring board games on your journey. You can even tune into the local radio stations to listen to their live broadcast for entertainment. It may also keep you informed about the weather conditions.
Keeping a track of the latest weather updates is one of the most important safety tips for road trips. In case you don’t have radio signals, you can simply play your recently downloaded podcast or the e-books your kids love listening to. The whole family can even play trivia games to keep the little ones entertained.
Keep An Eye Out for Road Signs
Reckless driving and overlooking of road signs often lead to road accidents. On top of it, you need to be extra careful with following traffic rules and observing safety measures when on a road trip in Pakistan. The motorways and highways in Pakistan may have multiple lanes with extremely fast moving traffic and in such a scenario, overlooking traffic rules can be fatal. So, if you want to learn more about the important road safety measures and traffic signs in Pakistan, read this blog.
Now that we have given you some really useful tips for comfortable road trips in Pakistan, we’ll take a look at the list of essentials to pack for your journey.
Essential Things to Pack for Your Road Trip
If you want to make everyone travelling along with you feel comfortable, here is a list of essential items you should pack for your road trip.
- Some extra clothing items for your road trip
- Sleeping bags and blankets to feel cosier
- Uv shade windows, sunglasses and eye masks, especially for an extra sunny day
- Disposable cups, plates and reusable water bottles
- A thermos if you want a liquid to stay hot or cold longer than usual
- As discussed, board games for keeping everyone entertained
- Car emergency kit, which should include first-aid medicines and bandages
- Spare tires and changing tools for a flat tire
- Any equipment to send out distress signals in case of emergency
- Travel chargers for your phone are also among the road trip essentials
- Don’t forget to pack light snacks or even proper meals for your trip
Note: The list of the essential things to pack for your road trip may greatly depend on the weather conditions and environment of your destination. Also, make sure the food items you’re carrying with you should stay fresh until you consume them. You may not want to fall sick during your journey.
Now that we have given you all the essentials road trip tips to safely and comfortably travel around Pakistan, it’s time for us to wrap up this piece. In case you have anything to share in this regard based on your experience, feel free to write to us at email@example.com. We’re always open to suggestions and love it when our readers interact with us.
Since you’re here reading about some useful tips for road trips in Pakistan, you may also be interested in taking a look at our blogs on how to drive safely in the snow, precautionary measures to drive when it’s raining and tips for bikers to ride safely.
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