To plan a day trip, go to a local Convention and Visitors Bureau to find nearby events and activities. Choose a destination that is within a few hour's drive, such as a local art festival, spa, state park, arcade or museum. Plan a budget to include gas, entry fee, souvenirs and other possible expenses. Bring a phone or camera to take pictures and share experiences.
More ways to find destinations for a day trip include using an Internet search, asking friends and family, and viewing advertisements posted in local businesses.
Plan the route for the day trip using a map or GPS. Estimate how long it takes to reach and return from the destination. Make sure that the vehicle is in good condition before driving, checking for any problems with a routine maintenance examination.
Plan when and where to eat on the outgoing and return trip. Search for local diners or restaurants with high reviews for a new culinary experience that could become the best part of the trip.
Pack according to the destination. For example, for a day trip to a beach, bring sunscreen lotion, water, a picnic lunch, chairs and sand toys. Bring a first-aid kit in case of an emergency.