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If you are an owner and rider of an electric scooter, you may be wondering how you can go on vacation with your scooter. Maybe you are going to visit a friend in the next state or flying cross-country to spend some time with family, or just simply want to go on vacation. Either way, you want to keep up your love of electric scooter riding and environmental friendliness. Here’s some tips and tricks to go on a road trip with your electric scooter.

Rules and laws

Rules and rider culture can differ by city and country, as does the availability of bike lanes and routes. In addition to researching optimal routes, understanding a city’s rules is key. Preliminary research helps, find out what the laws and rules are for electric scooters, if you are still unsure what to do, do what the locals do. If locals are riding in bike lanes, parking their bikes in a certain place, do that! And don’t do your first ride at rush hour. City rules differ, but generally, you should not be riding bikes or scooters on the sidewalk.

If you’re traveling by plane, you probably want to know if your electric scooter with seat will be allowed on the plane. Does the scooter fit into your carry-on or checked-in luggage? If your scooter can be folded up or dismantled or is simply small and light enough to comply with the airline’s baggage restrictions, you may be able to fit it into your carry-on or checked-in case.

If for some reason you can’t get your electric scooter on a plane, you can investigate renting one in the city/country you’re going to, or you can always ship your electric scooter. How much does it cost to ship a scooter? The cost to ship depends on the distance of the shipment, the size of the scooter, and the service type necessary for safe transport. The average cost to ship a scooter is $0.51 per mile for shipments under 1000 miles and $2.30 per mile for shipments under 100 miles.

Make a list of items needed

While road trips can last anywhere from a weekend to a year or more, we’ve formulated this list to work for trips that span from a week to a month or so. (But you can adapt it to fit your needs.) Now, it can be tempting to pack a lot of gear for a road trip, you’re not limited by airline restrictions, after all, but we suggest packing the least amount of stuff possible.

On that note, we’ve kept this list as minimal as possible while keeping comfort and convenience in mind. We don’t guarantee that this packing list will prevent misadventures, which are part of the fun, anyway. But we believe this list will help you pack what you need (while staying comfortable) without being burdened down with a bunch of excess gear. That way, you can worry less about rummaging through your stuff and focus more on those classic road trip experiences.

Make sure you consider these electric scooter-specific essentials before you take off, including tools, spare batteries, charging cables, a spare tire or two, (splurge on these, trust us), etc. Plus, you need to pack your driver’s license, insurance, registration, passport, car manual, and other items.

We’ve found that the classic duffle, backpack, and sling bag combo is the best for road trips, duffle are great for hauling most of your clothes as they’re typically easy to pack, both in terms of throwing your stuff into one and Tetris-ing in the car. The backpack can act as an overnight bag or daypack while exploring whatever zany attraction you’ve stopped at. And the sling bag is for the essentials and quick stops.

Plan your trip thoroughly

While on your road trip, you need a place to sleep, there are many options, you can rent an air BnB, get a hotel, or you can camp. When staying in a hotel, you want something close to the area you plan to spend most of your time in. Your electric scooter with a seat, can travel a good distance, and even go off-road if needed, but you still want to make your life easier by making sure your hotel is close to a lot of major attractions. The same comes with your air BnB, seclusion can be nice, but if you’re planning on riding your electric scooter a lot, you want to make sure it’s kind of close to the general area of where you’re traveling.

Make sure to check your map (or google map) of where are the favorite attractions are, restaurants and highways are from your lodging. If you camping, you need to find out how far the local campsite is from major attractions, plan your trip, do you have enough charge in your battery to make it solely by electric scooter, or will you need to use public transportation as well? Also, make sure the campsite has a place you can charge your electric scooter.

Here are some items you should think about bringing of your going to go camping. Most campsites offer toilets, and showers so you don’t have to completely rough it, but you will still need a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads (so you’re not on the dirt) camping pillow if your sleeping bag isn’t good enough, headlamps for light, camping chairs, a camping table (if wanted), we also suggest bringing a multi-tool for any repair/cutting needs, and duct tape.

We also suggest you take kitchen items if you plan to save money and cook your own food, if not you can find out where your local restaurants are.

Taking a road trip can be fun, but also tiring. Make sure to have all items needed for your trip, but if for some reason you forget something (it happens to everyone) you can also drop by your local electric scooter shop, or go to an online store, like Varla scooters, for all items needed for your electric scooter.

 

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