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Save (a lot) of time planning local delivery routes...

Create multiple optimized routes in one click, schedule and assign routes, and add last-minute orders…

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How To Do It: A Route Planning Guide

Introduction

No matter what kind of adventure you're planning, the first step is to get organized. Planning for your next big trip doesn't have to be overwhelming—as long as you start with a solid plan and keep it realistic. (I've learned this from experience.) With these steps, I'll show you how to start organizing every aspect of your trip so you can enjoy every minute of it!

Gather your materials.

Gather your materials and tools.

  • A map of the area you're planning to hike, with a scale that shows miles or kilometers per inch.

  • A compass and knowledge of how to use it to read magnetic north, find true north and measure angles.

  • A GPS unit (handheld or smartphone), as an alternative when using a paper map isn't possible, such as in extreme weather conditions or deep wilderness areas where there may not be cell service for your phone's GPS app.

  • Paper and pencil for taking notes on weather conditions, landmarks seen along the way (such as trees marked with orange ribbon), mileage traveled and other important information that might help rescuers find you if something goes wrong on your hike. * Water bottles — at least two full ones plus one empty one (to carry back). * Snacks like trail mix; energy bars; nuts; dried fruit; chocolate-covered oats cookies in case they get stuck somewhere without food options nearby! * Emergency supplies including first aid kit with bandages/tape/medical tape wrapped around fingers instead of hand

Set your goals.

After setting the route, it is time to define your goals. What do you want to achieve? What should be avoided? Which experiences are important to you? What are the things that need to be captured or shared with others? The more specific these goals are, the easier they will be to organize into an achievable itinerary.

If this sounds like a lot of work—that's because it is! But if you put in enough thought at this stage, then later on when things get hectic and stressful, you'll have an easy reference guide for getting back on track.

Identify stops and challenges.

  • Identify the stops you want to make.

  • Consider your time limit.

  • What is the weather forecast?

  • Are there any special considerations, such as wheelchair accessibility or family members with disabilities?

  • What is the route like? Is it hilly or flat? Is there heavy traffic on certain roads at certain times of day? Do some roads have bike lanes, while others do not? Is it possible to take a trail instead of winding through city streets and highways for long stretches of time (especially if you’re traveling with children)?

Consider other factors.

As you're planning your route, keep in mind the following:

  • Weather

  • Traffic

  • Time of day (rush hour, night)

  • Other people (pedestrians and cyclists)

Safety considerations like these can be easily overlooked when you're in the moment of a trip. For example, if it's windy but warm outside, consider taking off layers before heading out so that they don't get wet by rain or sweat. If there's heavy traffic at rush hour on your normal route home from work and there's an alternate route that's less crowded—even if it means going out of your way—take it! You'll get home faster and with more energy to spare.

Plot your route.

As is the case with many things, the route planning process can be done in a variety of ways. The method you choose will depend on your preference and what tools are available to you.

Below are some examples:

  • Using a map (and compass if necessary)

  • Using a GPS device (and/or paper map)

Adjust as needed.

If you’re planning a trip, it’s pretty important that you get it right. If not, then you might end up on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere with no supplies and no way to get out.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are five things to double check before leaving:

  • Make sure there is enough time for the route. You don't want to have to turn around because your friends or family members are tired or hungry. That would be bad for everyone involved!

  • Make sure there is enough food and water for everyone in your party (if applicable). You also need a way for them all to stay hydrated while they're out trekking through nature together as well!

Route planning doesn't have to be hard, just get a map!

  • Use a map.

  • Map out your route by hand, or use a GPS system to do it for you.

  • Map out your route on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

  • You can even plan routes on smartwatches and fitness trackers!

Conclusion

We hope this guide has helped you to navigate the world of route planning. It’s important to remember that there are many different types of routes, each with their own unique set of goals and challenges. Every journey is unique, so don’t be afraid to experiment with new approaches!

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