Summer’s here and for many of us, that means summer vacation. We long for vacation all year but the road trip there is something we tend to dread. With a little thought and preparation, you can start your vacation off right and have a stress-free road trip.
Most importantly, prepare your vehicle. Make sure all regularly scheduled maintenance is up to date. This is an excellent time to have your oil changed and all the fluids topped off. Tire pressure is also important, check that all your tires are inflated properly. If your check engine light or any other service lights are on, schedule a service appointment and have the issue fixed before you hit the road. The last thing you want to do is break down far away from home.
Make the road trip a priority and not just the anxiety filled drive to get there. Do some research and find some cool and even quirky places to stop along the way. This is an excellent way to break up the drive and stretch your legs. Make sure you pick stops and local attractions everyone will appreciate.
Don’t forget fun car activities. Get the whole family involved, even older kids enjoy playing games. I Spy, the License Plate game and 20 Questions are some of the most popular games for road trips. Sing-a-longs are fun too, although at times you may wish you had ear plugs! Pack fully charged handheld electronic devices, tablets, and laptops. Movies are another great option if you have an entertainment center, portable DVD player or laptop to watch them on. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Vacations are expensive, so you don’t want to break the bank on the road trip. Setting a budget will relieve some of the stress. A simple way to cut costs during your road trip is to pack your food and drinks. Have plenty of snacks on hand as well. Check into any reward clubs you belong to or consider joining one. What’s better than free? A free night stay, free upgrades or free tank of gas are just a few of the great rewards some clubs offer. Take advantage of as many as you can and start saving.
A little planning can go a long way. Make your road trip an unforgettable journey, one your kids will fondly remember when they’re adults setting out on a trip with their children.