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Road Trip Preparation Checklist

 

Whether you’re planning on taking your kids on an adventure during March Break or waiting until the weather is a little warmer, it’s important to properly prepare yourself before embarking on any road trip.

 

Packing may seem like an easy task, but there are still plenty of important things you could be forgetting. Check out the list below to ensure your next road trip goes as smoothly as possible.

 

Check Fluids

 

Check all of your car’s fluids before beginning your trip. This should include: engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid and power steering fluid.  Even if your fluids are already topped off, make sure to still bring all five with you in case of an emergency.

 

Toolkit

 

Speaking of an emergency, nothing hampers a road trip more than being stuck at the side of the road after having your vehicle break down.  If you don’t already have an emergency kit, you can pick one up at a nearby department store or make one yourself.

 

Your kit should generally include the following items:

 

  • Sand/salt/cat litter
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight
  • Tow Rope
  • Spare Tire
  • First Aid Kit
  • Jumper Cables
  • Utility Knife
  • Shovel

 

Bring Plenty of Food and Drink

 

Unless you’re going to a familiar area, you won’t know how sanitary the water will be. It’s important to pack plenty of bottled water.

 

Bring plenty of groceries too. Not only will you save time by not avoiding grocery shopping later on, you can save a lot of money if you avoid eating out. Just remember to keep all perishable items in a cooler.

 

Entertainment

 

If your kids begin getting tired and agitated, you’re in for a long trip.

 

Bring plenty of books, games, DVDs, toys, etc. to keep your loved ones entertained throughout the entirety of the ride. If they begin to get restless, take a pit stop and allow them to run around and stretch their legs. It’s better to extend the trip for 15 minutes than to put yourself through a stressful situation.

 

Bring Cellphone/GPS device

 

You may think you know where you’re going, but it’s still important that you bring a phone or GPS with you just in case. If roads are blocked or you can’t remember the route entirely, you could end up wasting hours in an unfamiliar place.

 

Don’t Overdrive

 

Yes, staying at a hotel can be less efficient and more costly, but it’s better than putting yourself at risk by driving when you’re tired. If you feel drowsy, either hand the wheel over to someone who’s more awake or even better, find a hotel/motel nearby to spend the night.

 

Double Check Everything Before Leaving

 

After everyone is in the vehicle and you’re fully packed, do a quick walk around the house one last time to ensure you haven’t left behind anything. Double check that you have phones, chargers, wallets, keys, any registration information and passports (if necessary).

 

Then do on elast walk around of your vehicle looking for anything out of the ordinary – safety first!  Happy travels!