With summer comes road trip season. Whether you’re going across the country or a few hours across the state, there’s something so iconic and nostalgic about traveling via car versus plane. Not to mention the fact, that when it comes to cost your road trip tends to be significantly less. Even so, between gas and food road trips might not cost as little as you’d expect.

In spite of rising gas prices, there are still ways to eliminate some of the costs on any road trip. Here are five ways to save on road trips, so you can put more money towards your vacation.

1. Bring Your Own Snacks & Meals

One of the biggest expenses of any trip is food. While fast food stops and small snacks here and there don’t seem expensive, their cost can rack up quickly. Instead of blowing your budget on McDonald’s and junk food, opt to bring your own cheaper and healthier snacks and meals.

Pack a cooler with water, drinks, and stock it with fruit, veggies, and sandwiches. Moreover, stop at your local grocery or superstore for family size bags of your favorite store-bought goodies, as they’re bound to be more inexpensive than individual servings. 

2. Map Out Your Route

To make the most of your trip and gas supply map out your trip beforehand to ensure you’re taking the most efficient and costly route.

Find the shortest path to your destination and steer clear of too many local streets and roads that’ll cause you to either stop more frequently or run into rush hour traffic; all obstacles that serve to use up exc