8 Travel Tips For A Holiday Road Trip

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During the holidays, many families are hitting the road to see friends and relatives. It can be a daunting task but waiting in line for a flight to be canceled could be worst so my family usually chooses to travel by car. Today I wanted to share a few helpful tips for those who are hitting the pavement and going home for the holidays!

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1. Pack A Garbage Bag – Nope this isn’t for garbage. It’s actually for your dirty clothes! I hate when all my clean clothes get rummaged with my dirty ones so having one set aside in a garbage bag makes it super simple to use and store in the car on your way home from your trip!

2. Map Your Route- Take a look at your route in advance and share that with those that are you are visiting or in any case, at least one person back home so they know when to expect you. Sometimes traffic or weather can play a factor and so they want to make sure that you’re as on time as possible. Even if you have done this route before, a quick check of the road conditions can reveal that bridges are being replaced, roads are closed or other changes have happened since the last time you drove it.

3. Reserve Overnight Stops- You clearly are not the only family who are driving to see friends this holiday season so why not make sure that you have a place to stay ahead of time and reserve a spot! In case you may be delayed or need to make a change in your plans, you’ll have the contact information and confirmation codes to be able to that efficiently and effectively. Keep in mind that you may need to cancel plans too so check those non-refundable rooms so you aren’t in a bind!

~ Photo Credit | Kimberly Wright ~

4. Do Not Make It A Long Day – Depending on how long the drive is or the weather, you’ll want to make sure that you can stop here and there- but not for too long. Have a pit stop every two or three hours to stretch, move around and clear your head. THese help prevent blood clots in your legs and keep your leg circulation going because you’ve been sitting for a long period of time. It also can make your trip a bit more enjoyable by exploring a little town or stop!

5. Bring Chargers- Make sure that your well equipped with the proper GPS device, chargers for your phone and more! The worst thing is to be without them when you need it the most so make sure everything is plugged in and fully charged when you’re ready to go!
Take Your Locksmith On The Road – There is nothing worse than having car trouble while you’re trying to make it to your destination. That’s why I always have STL Locksmith with me! Their service is 24/7 and they are able to help you within minutes of calling! They’re also super affordable and offer reliable, friendly and supportive customer service.

6. Check Tires- Make sure you have your tuned up before you head out on the road, especially your tires! The worst thing that could happen is you get a flat but usually your tires should be able to handle the majority of weather you’re going to be hitting like snow, ice or rocks! Your tires are what is getting you from point a to point b so if you need to spend a little more money on a well known brand, I say go for it!

7. Travel Containers – I hate running out of shampoo and conditioner but hate bringing such big bottles with me! Thank goodness I found some cute travel containers to fill a few bottles with which makes it easy to store, pack and use on the trip! They also can be used for all sorts of things like perfume or water to clean your makeup brushes! Having smaller bottles makes this so much easier don’t you think?

There, of course, are several other ideas when packing that I am sure I did not get to touch on! So what about you? How do you travel and help your family get ready for your family road trips together? I want to know all your tips, tricks, and hacks to better travels.

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