I have been roadtripping from New York to Virginia and back again for the last 11 years. When I first started taking this trip it was often just me or me and some college friends. As the years went on I started adding kids to my trip. First it was just Mason and I. Then Kyla joined the crew and finally Emilia. Taking road trips, especially with kids has become second nature. I have a ton of tips and tricks up my sleeve but that’s for another post. Today we’re talking about the 5 best apps for road trips and why they’ll make your next trip easier than ever.
Best Apps for Road Trips
Let’s get on the road! First up Waze!
I’ve been using Waze for about a year now. The main purpose of Waze is to provide directions but what I really love about it is the feedback it allows it’s users to give. As a driver you can be alerted to Police Officers coming up on the road, broken down cars, road work and even objects on the road. I find that more often that not the information that is given is accurate. It will also let you know about upcoming traffic and will reroute you if necessary. Next up: Roadtrippers.
This is an app that I’ve been wanting for a LONG time. Taking the same trip over and over again you would think that I would know exactly what was off most exits and things I can do along the way but the truth is, I don’t! RoadTrippers allows you to enter in your destination and gives you great restaurants you can visit, sight seeing activities and any attractions on the way. I love that you can add in stops while still staying on your overall route. This is a great app for anyone who is going on a planned road trip or someone who wants to go on an adventure. Let’s get some gas with GasBuddy!
I would say that gas is pretty darn important when you’re taking a road trip. When you’re on a road trip any money you can save on gas can be reallocated to your fun money budget! Gas Buddy locates where you are and finds the low and high of gas prices near you. You can then look through the list and figure out where the best place to get gas would be. It tells you how far away the gas stations are too so you can decide if you have enough gas to wait a little longer or if you need to stop now! GasBuddy also allows you to save your favorite gas stations so you can track the prices AND it also makes predictions. As you can see on the bottom right GasBuddy predicted that I should hold off on getting gas because they predicted the price was going to go down! On to iExit!
My little humans have very small bladders, it saved us on one of our most recent road trip but other times it can just be straight up annoying! My goal whenever I’m stopping is to hit a rest stop but if that’s not possible that means I need to get off at an exit. We all know that there are “good” exits and “bad” exits. I would define a “bad” exit as one where the nearest public restroom is far off the exit or in a bad part of town. The absolute worse is when you accidentally get on another highway! iExit provides you with information about each exit that you’re near so you can make the best choice! It also gives gas prices and links to Yelp Reviews for restaurants that are near the exit. Wait, what’s AroundMe again?
Sometimes your kid has to go to the bathroom RIGHT THIS SECOND so you cut across three lanes of traffic and you get off at that next exit without checking if it’s the best option or not. Life happens. AroundMe allows you to search for restaurants, gas, grocery stores, bars and pretty much anything else you may be looking for. This app is also great for once you arrive at your destination.
A lot of these app have similar features but I use each and every one of them. They all do a little something different that makes them useful individually. Many of them are also helpful for when you’re in your home town or once you arrive at your destination! Download some of them now and save the rest for you next road trip!
These are the best apps for roadtrips that I’ve found so far and know they’re going to make your next road trip so easy!