Some trips take months of planning. You want to go somewhere exotic, like Europe, the Caribbean or Japan, so you call a travel agent or search travel Web sites to find the right hotel, reasonable airfare and car rentals. Then, you compile a list of attractions and restaurants to visit while you're there.
But sometimes, wanderlust hits you on the spur of the moment. Maybe you've been having a rough few weeks at work, or perhaps the weather at home has been consistently lousy, and you need to get away now. You've got a car and some money in the bank, so you think: Why not head out of town for a few days?
Spur-of-the-moment road trips can be a lot of fun. There's a sense of adventure in not knowing until the very last minute where you're going. You don't want to go totally unprepared, though, and wind up in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire and no hotels for miles.
Before you hit the road for that last-minute trip, here are 10 tips to help you get ready.