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Road trips are one of my favorite ways to travel. As a child, my dad would load up the car and we would just go. My dad loved to travel and drive apparently because we would travel cross country by car with no complaints. I don't actually think I set foot on an airplane until I was a teenager.
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Automobile travel continues to change as technology evolves but the freedom of the open road remains the same. Looking out the window while driving creates an adventure all in itself. It's a great way to see the world
I almost feel silly saying this but let it serve as a reminder to double check because this could ruin your trip.
Unless you are lucky to drive an electric car, you should fill up the night before so you are ready to hit the road early morning if that is the plan. Electric cars of course need to be charged and you should also take note of charging spots along your route.
Most cars now are equipped with infotainment centers that include navigation but it is no harm in having a printed copy along with using your phone. A fun activity is to use an actual map and have the kids to trace the route.
A good healthy mix of snacks will not only save you money but keep you rolling. Sheetz provides us a great bang for the buck. They have something to please everyone and hot food that is delicious.
Use shopping bags or your tall kitchen bags but you want to make certain there is a receptacle for trash and any mishaps.
I carry a few as staying hydrated is important. I always travel better with my favorite cup of tea and use this instead of plastic/paper cups.
For those times, when you can catch some ZZZs you don't want your head bobbing around leaving you a sore neck.
Music makes the trip go by fast. Allow each family member to select a playlist and rotate the songs. Makes for great conversation especially when you discover that you teen likes the oldies.
10.First Aid Kit
Accidents happen so be prepared.
The driver determines the temperature setting of the car so I keep blankets that are comfortable for a long drive.
12. Car Kit
An efficient car kit will be sticked with Jumper cables and tools for an emergency repair.
13. Flash Light
You just never know.
14. Car Food
I know cars don't really eat but they do need fluids other than gas to keep running . Make certain to have extra just in case.
15. Great Attitude
A great attitude does a long way! Trips don't always go as planned so being flexible can keep everyone happy.
Did I miss anything? Let me know what's part of your road trip essential list in the comments below.