Let our car rental checklist put your mind at rest before you head off on that next road trip. Here's everything you need to think about. And the things you don't.
The Perfect Car Rental Checklist
We love a good road trip here at Travel Lab HQ. Whether I'm on my own, with friends or family or zipping about for work, driving can be a great way to explore the world, chill out and get things done.
However. I wish I'd had a car rental checklist when I first started travelling. Because there are things you need to know and it's easy to forget about something at the checkout desk. Although it should be a relaxed, easy going place, most people are so keen to finally get going that they rush through it and miss something.
Don't make my mistakes. Learn from my car rental checklist.
The Car Rental Checklist At a Glance
Rental Car Checklist on pick up (including Vehicle INspection Checklist)
Rental Car Return Checklist
Make sure your vehicle can tackle the road conditions ahead, has space for all passengers AND luggage and (ahem) make sure you know how to drive it.
Know the Rules of the Road
In Britain, you drive on the left. And Japan. And Australia, Jamaica, Malawi and the Maldives and many more.
So, for one, check whether to drive on the left or right with this handy website.
But the rules don't end there. Some countries require certain equipment, such as a spare pair of glasses in the glovebox, or restrict various others. See not being allowed to drive in flip flops in Spain, among others.
Check the rules of the road in the country (or state) you plan to drive in. You may be surprised...