The English countryside is absolutely stunning – especially if you are seeing on a road trip! The quaint towns and villages you pass through, the countless sheep you and the green of the hills will take your breathe away.
Whether you are planning your road trip down to Land’s End or as far north as you can go to John O’Groats you are in for a treat.
When planning your road trip there are many things to take into account so I suggest you do some pre-planning so there is less to stress about when you hit the road.
Here are my Essentials for a Road Trip Around the UK
Choosing a start and endpoint
When hiring a car it is often much cheaper to start and end in the same town or city.
Most of the “popular” road trip routes around the UK end up in a loop so it is not a problem to come back to where you started without having to drive the same roads twice.
Make sure you are familiar with the road rules
Ensuring you know the local road rules is super important because the “I’m not from here” excuse does not work so well.
One of the major road rules to remember is that in the UK they drive on the left-hand side of the road! They also use miles per hour to determine distance and time.
When planning your route it is important to take note of any toll roads and to see if you can find an alternate route to save yourself a few pounds!
Use your phone as a GPS
Rental car companies still charge a lot for to hire GPS – some times it is more than the cost of the car! I recommend using your mobile phone as a GPS.
Even if you do not have a data plan you can preload your maps before you leave the free wifi of your accommodation, screenshot your maps or you can use google offline.
Book your accommodations
You may want to have some dates booked in, maybe in the busier places during the summer but to also allow some flexibility for those unplanned detours.
Just be mindful that in the winter, some accommodation close after Christmas until the end of February.
Use the Ferries to Cross to Ireland and Northern Ireland
When crossing between the mainland UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland you can use the ferry services that department from a couple of different ports:
- Holyhead, Wales to Dublin, Ireland
- Cardiff, Wales to Waterford, Ireland
- Belfast, Northern Ireland to Liverpool, England
You can take your cars on board the ferries, park and then head up on deck to enjoy the ride.
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Hit the local grocery store or market to grab some snacks before you begin your road trip. Don’t forget to pick up some fruit to offset the salty crisps and sweets. You will be very glad to have these to munch on along the road.
If it’s a nice warm day consider packing a picnic – it’s a lovely way to break up the drive and to enjoy the scenery.
Don’t forget your camera
Whatever you do, do not forget your camera! You’ll see many views that are much better than the view before. The UK and Ireland are beautiful with many beautiful views, villages, and landmarks.
Things to remember to pack
- Drivers license (check if you need an international drivers license)
- Water – don’t forget to hydrate
- A travel diary