Make Your Holiday Travel Fun And Safe With These Handy Tips
This holiday season, many Americans will travel to celebrate the holidays with their families. Planes are the fastest, busses are cheap, but nothing beats a good holiday road trip. But you do need to plan ahead to make your road trip as enjoyable as possible. Here are some holiday road tips that focus on the safety, comfort, and happiness of everyone.
Write a To-Do List
Even if you have the best memory, you’re bound to forget something in all of the chaos of planning a road trip. A to-do list will minimize these mistakes. Write down a checklist of things that need to be packed, including things you need if you’re traveling with kids and the presents you’re bringing for your relatives. Remind yourself to take your car into the shop and check out its engine oil, battery, tires, antifreeze levels, and anything you’ve been meaning to take care of before you head out on your holiday road trip.
Know Where You’re Going
Before you head out the door, take some time to familiarize yourself with the roads. The route you’re taking might be plagued with traffic or have a lane closed off for repairs. Save time by making sure you have the most up to date information on your route. Don’t be afraid to go old school and pick up a highway travel booklet to find routes a GPS wouldn’t show you!
Break Up Your Travel
Depending on the weather and how far away you’re going, you need to plan your stops. Take bathroom breaks every few hours. Even if you don’t have to go, take the opportunity to stretch your legs and breathe some fresh air. Your blood circulation will thank you! Everyone knows sitting for too long is bad for your health, so avoid this by making frequent stops.
Pack Healthy Treats for Kids
When you travel with children, pack some snacks to keep them occupied. Kids will complain about anything while they’re cooped up in a car, especially food. Bring healthy car-friendly snacks like fruits, unsalted popcorn, nuts, grapes, and carrots. For longer trips, bring snacks that won’t spoil fast. Food is a great distraction for a kid that can’t keep still. Keep the kids’ snacks at the top of your snack bag for quick access.
Keep your Schedule Flexible
Having an itinerary is a good idea, but you need to keep your schedule flexible to deal with unplanned situations. For example, if everyone is too tired to drive all the way through the night, you should be flexible enough to stop at a motel or hotel to rest up before driving the next morning. Keep everyone’s stress low by visiting roadside attractions on the way there. This will stretch everyone’s legs and get some energy out, and you’ll make some nice holiday memories!
Never underestimate the holiday roads, even if you’ve traveled the same route hundreds of times. Make sure to follow these tips and enjoy yourself along the way. Have a safe trip!