Top 10 Road Trip Hacks
Before hitting the road, check out these genius tips to stay organized, save money and get the most out of your adventure.
Make a PlanYou can still be spontaneous, but making an itinerary will help you budget your time. Keep in mind, too, that a lot of small town mom and pop businesses don't keep traditional hours; call ahead to make sure the anticipated stops on your visit are open. Share your travel plans (but for safety's sake, not the dates of travel, be general about when and how you are traveling) with your social media outlets to get suggestions of under-the-radar places you won't find in the guide books. 960 1280
My Blue Highway
If you’re going to road trip take the blue roads, the tiny highways that connect us with true American culture. For example, Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens is located 30 minutes off of I-75 in Summerville, Ga., which you’ll miss if you stick to the freeway with its outlet malls and chain restaurants. Small towns are rich with local art, tall tales and home cooking, the places where unique memories are made.
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Be SafePack a first aid kit. You probably have a lot of the items already in your medicine cabinet, but you’ll want to pack smaller quantities. We like Resqme’s prepareme all-in-one preparedness kits that’ll not only take care of scraped knee, but also comes with a window-smashing and seatbelt cutting device. For advice on making your own car safety kit, watch this DIY Network video. 960 1280
Puppy on Board
Many of us choose regular unleaded over jet fuel so we can vacation with our four-legged friends. But your pet needs access to food and water, proper walks and ventilation. In hot weather, never, ever leave your pet in the car. Some open-air malls and many Home Depots are dog friendly. Pre-measure food and store in Ziploc bags and keep a collapsible water bowl in the car at all times. Ruffwear offers a wide selection of items with the doggie-centric traveler in mind including this reusable food tote that is easily flattened.
Eat HealthySure there are greasy spoons and convenience stores at almost every freeway exit, but loading up on foods you don't regularly eat can cause severe stomach upset meaning more public restroom pit stops. Pack healthy snacks that are dry and easy to hold in plastic containers before the trip. Astronauts (really) swear by 100%FOOD from Space Nutrients Station. Mixed with water, milk or juice, one bottle packs more daily goodness than a vegetable plate and fewer calories than those tempting Krispy Kremes. 960 1280
Stay JuicedSure you’ve got a car charger, maybe even one with a splitter, but we’re betting that something else loses its juice along the way. Invest in a gadget that harnesses the sun to charge your devices like the WakaWaka or rechargeable batteries that have less of a chance of going in the landfill. 960 1280
Necessities on Top
Pack your essentials, like toiletries and one quick clothing change, in a dedicated and waterproof tote that’s easy to grab. Spills, wardrobe malfunctions, general griminess and makeup disasters can be quickly remedied if every family member keeps their own easily accessed clean-up kit on hand.