Lea Kern from Furtwangen University in Germany: 8 Tips for a Stress-free Road Trip!

lea-kern-10.jpgHi, my name is Lea and I am an exchange student from Furtwangen University in Germany. I am studying Advertising and Communication at USC Sunshine Coast for one semester. During my stay, road tripping was one of my favourite activities. To help you to have a stress-free road trip I have collected:

8 Tips for a stress-free road trip

1. Get up early

The sun rises between 5 and 6 am in Australia. To use the daylight, try to get up early, watch the sunrise and start the day stress-free.

2. Make a playlist in advance

You will spend a lot of time in the car – and maybe want to listen to music while cooking or relaxing at the beach. Make a playlist in advance which everyone can put their favourite music in.

3. Get a good insurance on your rental car

I recommend you to get a good insurance on your car if you decide to go on a road trip! Sometimes it can be worth it to check with any third party providers for a good insurance.

4. Take enough snacks with you

Especially if you travel with people who get hangry 😉

5. Take enough water with you

Around 3 litres for drinking every day per person is the minimum. Additionally, you need water for cooking, washing fruit and veggies, making coffee etc. You might be able to refill your water tanks at the camping sites but sometimes it’s not possible, so make sure you take some spare water with you.

6. Don’t plan on driving too much

Especially when you drive with more than one car, don’t underestimate how long it takes until everything is packed and everyone gets ready. 3-4 hours a day was the perfect time for us.

7. Don’t book too much in advance

Leave yourself the possibility to stay longer at a place you really like. Planning the next one or two days in advance is usually enough.

8. Take a car charger with you

Sometimes you won’t be able to find power outlets for days. A car charger will at least charge your phones, which you will probably need for navigation.

– Leah Kern

Andreas from FH Furtwangen in Germany Studying at USC!

My semester abroad at the University of the Sunshine Coast was one of the greatest experiences I had during my studies. I chose the “Diploma in General” instead of the normal Study Abroad program, which gave me a final certificate from USC. For the Diploma I had to take four courses. Due to the many assignments, studying was very time-consuming, but I improved my organization and time management fundamentally and learned a lot. In addition to studying, I met friends for life and had the chance to travel a beautiful country. During the semester I was with friends sunbathing on the beach, camping and hiking in national parks, in Brisbane for my first rugby game, whale snorkeling and many more. After the semester I started my 6 weeks traveling around Australia. Australia is a life time experience I can recommend to everyone.