Traveling this Summer? Here’s a Short Guide to a Successful ROAD TRIP along with a tip from my Father
Whether you’re hitting the road for a cross-country adventure or exploring destinations within a short drive of your own city, “road tripping” is a timeless summer tradition that can open your eyes to new places and experiences—without the hassle of air travel. If you’re planning to do some sightseeing by car this summer, follow these tips to ensure that your road trip is a success
- Pack lightly.Inevitably, you will return from your trip with more items than you left with, particularly if you are traveling with kids. Trash will be generated while en route, tightly packed bags will expand, and you will likely pick up souvenirs along the way. Since you will be spending a great deal of time in the car, comfort is key—so pack only what you will need, leaving ample legroom for all passengers.
- Stock your car with the safety and comfort essentials. While packing lightly is important, safety is, of course, the foundation of any successful trip—and traveling by car may present an array of unique challenges that you may not have necessarily anticipated. To be prepared for anything the open roads throw at you, be sure to bring items such as the following, a well-stocked first-aid kit, blankets, your car’s up-to-date registration and insurance information, jumper cables, a spare tire (along with a jack and tire iron), flashlights, maps (yes, the old-fashioned paper kind--you may not have cell phone reception in all places!), a gallon or two of water in case you are ever stranded, and any other essentials that you or your family may need.
- Buy a National Park Pass. Whether you’re planning to camp, hike, or simply visit some of the most beautiful natural wonders that the country has to offer, a National Park Pass is your easy-access ticket. An annual pass covers the entrance and standard amenity fees at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. There are also free or discounted passes available for members of the military, senior citizens, and 4th Grade students!
- Make a plan—but keep an open mind. While it is important to have an idea of what you want to see on your trip and how you will get there, one of the best things about traveling by car is the freedom to easily change course as you see fit. As you drive, be on the lookout for “off-the-beaten-path” sites that you may want to visit, and don’t forget to just enjoy the ride—after all, road trips truly are about the journey, not the destination.
- Improvise and don't spend every night in a hotel- My father (Poppy) could go on a road trip with us kids without even packing. How did he do it? Well a station wagon (now a SUV), two tarps, a clothes line, a knife and a salt shaker, ice chest or collapsable cooler (they have now). Always keep those in your vehicle. Sound strange? Well the clothes line goes between two trees with on tarp draped over it. The other tarp goes on the ground. Make tent pegs based on what you can find. A place to sleep. If a wind guster whips up you can retreat to the SUV. No pots or pans. Buy deli meats and cheese and bread when you near your destination or buy hot dogs and buns and cook them on a fire with a stick through the middle. Same with baked potatoes, let them cook on the fire rocks. Buy some tomatoes at a road side stand and some fruit and that is it for eating. By the way, the salt shaker? Yes, with a cap on it to always have ready in the glove compartment, for the tomatoes! Nothing to wash up. Get up in morning and hit the road. Of course you can get civilized and spend a night in a hotel once in a while, but a simplified easy night out once in a while is what a ROAD TRIP is all about. Keep those things in your car like Poppy and you are ready for a Road Trip on the spur of the moment.
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