Get your car ready.
While it may be a little extreme to put your car in for a full service every time you take a trip to grandma’s house down in Devon, it’s still good idea to check the tire pressure and thread, check the oil, and fill up the window washers. I also prefer to fill up with petrol before setting off, as there is nothing worse than hitting empty when you’re in the middle of a traffic jam.
Get your gadgets ready
Make sure your phone is charged, your iPod is filled to the brim with music and podcasts, and if you’re taking the kids then for god’s sake make sure their Nintendo DS’s are charged and have games in.
Get yourself ready
Make sure you get enough sleep the night before, eat something healthy and sustaining before setting off. But failing that then just fill yourself up to the eyeballs with Red Bull and Cheesy Wotsits.
Get your journey plan ready
Even if you have a sat nab it’s always worth taking a quick look over a road map to plan your best route. In addition you can look at where it’d be best to take breaks along the way.
Get your games ready
There is nothing worse in this world than a bored child on a long journey. Especially if you’re a bored adult trapped in a car with one. It’s always a good idea to have some travel games tucked up your sleeve in order to keep you both entertained. i’m a big fan of pub cricket personally, but every family has their own favourites.