Your Pre-Road Trip Checklist


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So, you've decided to hit the road and channel your inner Jack Kerouac. You’re sure to have a lot of fun on your road trip, visiting all those little roadside attractions that aren’t in any of the guide books, and eating at those quaint little diners, but you know what will make your ross trip travels even better? Proper preparation…

1. Give Your Car the Mechanic Treatment

Before you do anything else, car service. No, not just a splash-and-dash car wash, but a full-on check-up. Get your oil changed, brakes checked, and those fluids topped up like cocktails at happy hour. It’s like giving your car a quick health check before running a marathon; nobody wants to see it limping to the finish line.

2. Pack Like a Pro (or at Least Like Your Mom Would)

Packing is an art form, but don't let that scare you. Start with the essentials: clothing, toiletries, and travel documents. Then think about weather-appropriate gear. Going somewhere chilly? Pack your puffiest jacket. Heading to the beach? Don’t forget the sunscreen, unless you aim to achieve lobster chic. Remember, it's a road trip, not a moon landing—local stores will have anything you forgot.

3. Snack Attack

This is crucial. Stock up on snacks because let's face it, a road trip without snacks is just a long drive. Mix healthy options like fruit and nuts with those oh-so-necessary indulgent treats. Balance is key here; think carrots and hummus on one hand, and a giant bag of chips on the other. And water—lots of it. Hydration keeps the road trip karaoke sessions going.

4. Cue the Tunes and Podcasts

Prepare your playlists and download podcasts. Hours on the road can feel like minutes with the right soundtrack or an engaging podcast series. Whether you’re screaming old hits at the top of your lungs or catching up on true crime stories, ensure your audio entertainment is set. Just remember, whoever’s driving gets veto power.

5. Navigation Prep

Gone are the days of paper maps and stopping to ask for directions, which usually ended with more confusion. Use a GPS device or smartphone app, and download offline maps if you’re heading into the wilderness. Knowing where you’re going without the fear of losing signal puts the ‘relax’ in ‘relaxing road trip’.

6. Emergency Kit: Just in Case

Pack an emergency kit. Include first aid supplies, a flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool, and a blanket. Throw in some extra chargers for your devices, too. You might not need any of it, but if you do, you’ll want to kiss yourself for being so prepared.

7. Rest Up Before You Rev Up

Last but not least, get a good night’s sleep before you depart. Starting a road trip tired is like going to a party after you’ve already turned into a pumpkin; it’s not fun for anyone. Rested drivers are safe drivers.

Here’s to a truly memorable road trip where everything goes right and you make lasting memories for al the right reasons.

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