Getting ready for a summer road trip? Whether traveling with family, friends or your significant other, road trips can be a great way to catch up with loved ones, feel the freedom of the open road, and hit the reset button on your busy life. But, before you jump into your car and start your trip, make sure to check out this list to help you plan and pack the essentials to ensure you make the most of your summer road trip.
1. Get your car ready –
If your car hasn’t seen the inside of a garage this past year, make sure to visit your mechanic before you head out. Getting your oil changed, your tires rotated and packing a car emergency kit are great ways to ensure fewer interruptions on your road trip.
2. Have a plan –
You don’t need to map out every pit stop nor every second of your summer road trip, but you should have a general idea of where you want to go and the length of time you want to be away. This will give you some sense of how far you can travel and how much time you can spend in each location.
3. Contact financial institutions –
There’s nothing worse than getting stuck on the road without access to cash. Make sure to call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you will be travelling so your accounts don’t get flagged for suspicious out of state activity. Also, make sure to have some cash on hand for diner meals and change for tolls.
4. Bring some music–
Whether travelling alone or with company, all summer road trips need music. It’s a great way to pass the time on a long journey but can also uplift moods. If you and your travelling companion have different musical tastes, agree that whoever is at the wheel gets to pick the music while the other gets to listen to their music of choice through headphones.
5. Fill a cooler –
Having some essentials like water and healthy snacks on hand makes for fewer stops and minimizes temptation at the convenience store. Consider packing some of Delysia’s Chocolatier’s S’mores Chocolate Bark to celebrate milestones during your summer road trip. You don’t need to build a campfire to enjoy this great all-American summer treat. With each bite you get all three ingredients, crunchy graham crackers, gooey handmade marshmallows all covered in rich milk chocolate.
6. Pack the right clothes –
Depending on where you’re travelling you may experience drastic temperature shifts so bring plenty of layers and extra everything in case you can’t do laundry as often as you would like. Also, make sure to bring the essentials like great walking shoes, a hat, a rain jacket, and of course, sunscreen.
7. Bring a camera and a journal –
If you’re going to a new city every day, it may become difficult to remember where you saw that amazing sunset or where you had those incredible pancakes. Document your summer road trip by taking lots of pictures and jotting down some notes. You’ll appreciate the extra effort you made every time you reflect on your trip.
Whether staying in hotels, bed & breakfasts or campgrounds ensure you make the most of your trip and get the best experience by following these easy planning tips! Comment below and share with us where you will be taking a trip to this summer!