Free Printable Road Trip Planner: Stress-Free Travel

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Planning your next road trip but dreading the nitty-gritty details? You’re not alone.

The anticipation of an exciting road trip often comes with meticulous planning – selecting routes, booking accommodation, meal planning, and so on.

It’s a common hurdle that can dim the excitement. Drawing from our extensive road-tripping experience experiences across Europe’s calm countryside to Africa’s rugged trails, we’ve crafted this Free Printable Road Trip Planner in an easy-to-print PDF format to help with these planning woes.

Planning our hundreds of road trips has given us an insight into the practicalities that need recording and are useful. Whether you’re hitting the road in a motorhome, camper, car, or bike, this free road trip planner template is your go-to resource.

Dive into our free planner below, let each page guide your steps, and turn every road trip into a well-organised, memorable adventure!

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    Perfect for managing your road trips, our printable planner helps create daily to monthly itineraries, track expenses, and journal your travel experiences. Its comprehensive lists and organisers have got the pre-travel and on-the-go planning covered.

    Being seasoned road trippers, we’ve integrated essential pages into this planner that we have found useful from our numerous adventures.

    It’s not just a road trip planner but a versatile travel planner you can print repeatedly.

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    Discover the Ultimate Road Trip Planner

    1. 5 choices of cover page
    2. Weekly road trip planner
    3. Monthly planner
    4. Year planner
    5. Daily itinerary
    6. Destination notes
    7. Travel overview page
    8. Travel budget
    9. Expense tracking
    10. Planning to-do list
    11. To-Do list
    12. Weekly meal planner
    13. Bucket list notes
    14. Packing list
    15. Travel journal with prompts
    16. Travel journal with lines
    17. Travel notes page
    18. Vehicle details
    19. Campsite details
    20. Departure checklist – blank
    21. Departure checklist – partly filled in
    22. Emergency contacts page
    23. Back cover quote

    Details of the Pages in Free Printable Road Trip Planner

    Road trip Planner with 5 different covers, car , camper, motorhome and Bush camper

    Five Unique Cover Choices

    Our free trip planner comes with five different cover pages. You can choose the one that resonates best with you.

    Whether you’re hitting the road by car, exploring the wild in a camper, venturing forth in a motorhome, or experiencing the outdoors with a pop-up tent camper, there’s a cover that perfectly captures the essence of your journey.

    4 road trip planner pages

    Daily to Yearly Planners

    Whether you’re going on a road trip, planning a week’s holiday or setting off on a year-long adventure, this road trip planner PDF will help keep all those useful bits of information in one place.

    The Daily Itinerary page includes space for things to see, notes and meals. 

    💡 Our Tip: Depending on the season and destination, you may need to book accommodation up to a year in advance. When we spent Christmas skiing in Bettmeralp, Switzerland, it was so popular that families booked accommodation up to 18 months in advance!
    Similarly, with campsites in peak seasons. Kruger campsites in South Africa can be booked out a year in advance.

    Road trip planner pages

    Stay Prepared and Organised

    Meal Planner Page

    Ideal for budget travellers. Plan your meals, organize your shopping list, and discover local eateries, ensuring less waste and more savings. If you are on a road trip in Brittany, make sure you try Breton Cake – a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cake come shortbread not to be missed:)

    Packing List Page

    Ensure you have all the essentials packed for your journey by filling in this packing list, making forgetfulness a thing of the past. If you are packing for a safari, make sure you have all the essential safari gear on your list.

    Emergency Contacts Page

    Stay prepared for unexpected situations by having all crucial emergency contacts listed in one place, always ready at a moment’s notice. You don’t want to be searching around for this information if an emergency actually happens.

    Bucket List Page

    In the Bucket List section, write down your dream destinations, adventures, and experiences, turning your travel dreams into plans.

    There is science-based evidence that writing down your goals means you are more likely to achieve them. So, get filling out your bucket list in our free travel planner today!

    Road trip planner Journal pages

    Journal and Travel Notes Pages

    Journaling is a tradition on our travels, and these pages are perfect for jotting down memories. Whether it’s a ticket stub or a funny incident, it all finds a place here, ensuring no memory fades away with time.

    I always think I’ll remember places and what we did there, but it’s surprising how quickly the memory gets jumbled up with all the other places we visit. So it’s nice to have a record of what we got up to.

    There are two types of journal pages in the printable travel planner – one to note specifics and the other to let your thoughts flow. We’ve also included a lined notes page for all the extra bits and pieces you might need to record.

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    Travel Details and Accommodation Planning Made Easy

    Campsite Details Page

    Record vital campsite information like price, booking status, check-in/out times, facilities, and contact details.

    Departure Checklists

    One is prefilled with some suggestions for motorhome, RV or camper checks, and another page is blank for your personal checklist.

    We had our checklist on the fridge in the motorhome so I could do a quick check just before moving off. We realised it was a vital component of our camping system after too many mishaps!

    Like the time I forgot to turn the water pump off — a falling towel in the shower knocked the tap on, and water sprayed everywhere! Or the time I forgot to retract the step. Or the time … Suffice to say, the list saved us a lot of hassle.

    Our motorhome in Bosnia

    Road Route and Distances

    Keep a precise log of your journey’s routes and distances, helping in both navigation and reminiscing the miles travelled with every adventure.

    Recording this before your trip can show you that you might need to make more stops because spending all your time on the road isn’t too much fun. We learnt the hard way that fitting in less on a road trip is sometimes much better value because you actually get to enjoy each place more.

    Vehicle Details

    A page to jot down your vehicle details. A minor accident as we motorhomed through Italy taught us the importance of having these details at our fingertips. Scrabbling around looking for car insurance details whilst being screamed at by an irate Italian isn’t much fun!

    Now, we never hit the road without them neatly placed in the glove box.

    Budget and expense tracking planners

    Expense Tracking and Budget Pages

    Expense Tracking Sheet

    Embarking on a road trip is a whirlwind of excitement, yet it’s essential to keep a watchful eye on your spending to ensure your adventure remains enjoyable and stress-free.

    Our Expense Tracking Sheet is designed to be your financial companion on the road, providing a straightforward way to record your expenditures as they occur. Whether it’s fuel costs, campground fees, or that irresistible souvenir, jotting down your expenses will give you a clear picture of your spending habits.

    Over time, this transparency can help you manage your budget more effectively, ensuring you have the means to continue exploring the roads less travelled.

    📖 Read More: Ways We Save Money While Travelling

    Budget Planning Sheet

    Every road trip has its set of financial considerations, and planning your budget is a prudent step towards a successful journey. Our Budget Planning Sheet assists you in allocating your funds wisely before you hit the road.

    This sheet encourages you to outline your anticipated expenses in various categories like accommodation, food, attractions, and unexpected costs.

    By having a financial roadmap, you can prioritise your spending, ensuring you have enough for the must-do activities while also being prepared for the unforeseen.

    Moreover, as you compare your planned budget with the actual expenses recorded on the Expense Tracking Sheet, you’ll gain valuable insights into your spending behaviour, aiding in better financial planning for your future adventures.

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    Travel Planning Pages

    Travel Overview Page

    This page allows you to segment your journey into different destinations, noting arrival and departure dates, accommodation, and daily activities.

    Travel Destination Notes

    Dream, research, and plan with these pages, ensuring a well-prepared, stress-free adventure. The internet is a treasure trove for travel planning, but jotting down your findings here makes them easily accessible.

    So, what’s holding you back? Download this FREE travel planner pdf now and start sketching your next adventure!

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      And That’s a Wrap

      Planning your road trip planning doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With our free printable road trip planner, you’ve got a companion to help organise your adventures to run smoothly.

      This free printable travel planner is designed to cover all your bases. So why wait? Download the best free road trip planner now and start charting your journey on the open road.

      Your adventure awaits, and now you’ve got the perfect tool to plan it out.

      Safe travels!


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      Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

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