And you’re off! It may not be to Africa or Antibes, but car travel is the new vacation. As the author of a travel book, prepping for any trip takes time. Create a checklist much like a shopping list. If you’re organized prior to leaving, you’ll have more enjoyment on the road and when you reach your destination. The key is to Pre-pare!
Here’s my long list:
- The Obvious. Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, gloves, infrared thermometer, masks and hand lotion.
- Car Audit. Have it checked out from oil to tire pressure, brake fluid and window washer. It’s also a good idea to keep the gas tank half full at all times.
- Directions. Not everyone uses GPS, so if you’re a map person have them handy and “mapped” out. On long trips Wi-Fi might not be an option, so have written directions just in case.
- Liquid. Water and more water. Depending on how long your road trip is, don’t leave home without it. Packaged dehydrogenate is not a bad idea.
- Entertainment. Podcasts and books on tape here you come. Just make sure you agree on one before you get in the car. Word games are fun too.
- Money. Cash talks, especially if you’re going to remote places. But be smart; never leave it in plain sight.
- Phone Charger. If you have three phones in the car, chances are you’ll need more than one charger. Stay safe and connected at all times.
- First Aid Kit. This is one of my favorite house warming gifts, and when we don’t bring it with us is when we will need it.
- Food. That cooler that’s been gathering dust in your attic can now get a workout. Plan for the worst with ample food and beverage and plenty of ice.
- Medicine. Stock pile not only prescriptions but over the counter medicines you may need such as pain or allergy pills.
- Sun Essentials. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. There’s nothing like the feel of a warm sun, but a sunburn is anything but fun.
- Roadside Emergency Kit. Hopefully you already have one in your trunk; if not now’s the time.
- I.D. Not just your drivers license but credit cards, car registration and insurance, and always emergency contact information.
- Flashlight. Yes, your phone doubles as a flashlight, but keep the old fashioned one handy as well.
- Blankets and Pillows. You may get stranded and have to sleep in the car, which could be cozy. Bundle up.
- Paper Products. Who knows how long it will be until your next rest stop? Bring toilet paper, tissues and wet wipes; you can always use them at your destination.
- Visitor’s Checklist. Have the planner in the family map out sites you’d like to see along the way. You’ll have something to look forward to in between your destination.
- Fun. Never leave home without it. You’re going to have an adventure a year like no other.
- Driving Checklist. Plan who will be driving and how long. Everyone needs a break.
- Covid-19 Diary. Document the trip and then make an album to remember 2020, the year we will never forget.
Road Trip 2020