Each summer our family embarks on an epic summer road trip. Our motto is “The adventure during the journey is just as fun as reaching your destination!”
We love to stop in small towns to taste local cuisine, while exploring unique city destinations. Last year, our road trip was cancelled just 5 days before the date we were scheduled to leave due to our son Gunner’s leukemia diagnosis. I promised him once he made it through the first 9 months of treatment, we would resume our summer road trip! After months of chemo, we are now read to hit the open road and make memories together as a family.
My 5 Tips To Prepare For A Road Trip:
1. Prepare your vehicle for the trip. Have the oil changed, tires rotated and complete scheduled maintenance to ensure your car or truck is in the best possible condition. This small step can save you a headache, delayed transit, and a HUGE repair bill if your vehicle breakdowns while on your road trip.
2. Visit usps.com to suspend your mail service while on vacation. Make arrangements with a neighbor to grab an unexpected packages that may be delivered to your door while your away. Piled up mail and packages are a red flag to burglars who are looking for a home to target.
3. Notify your banking institution of your travel plans. They will make a note on your account. Charges from different states without prior notice can be flagged as fraudulent activity. This will prevent your bank card and account from being frozen. One small phone call can save you the embarrassment of a declined bank card at the cash register.
4. Shop for snacks and beverages. I pack a small bag of travel snacks, along with Smuckers Uncrustables for lunches, and bottled water. Packing lunches saves us time from stopping along with saves us money from purchasing pricey fast food while driving. Some of our favorite snacks to pack our frozen grapes, nuts, fruit leather, and Annie’s cheddar bunnies!
5. Pick up prescriptions from your pharmacy for the entire duration of your trip.
Once you have completed these five steps, all you need to do is pack your clothes in a suitcase and hit the open road!
Will you take a road trip this summer? I would love to hear what states you will be visiting!