If you are hitting the road this summer check out our top ten ways to make your trip an unforgettable experience you and your loved ones will talk about for years to come. We researched the internet and found a couple of great tips from the Huffington Post, Travel Channel and several other great sites.
1. Have a plan, but make it flexible. If you’ve got a time limit (as most road trippers do), it’s smart to plot out which city you’ll sleep in each night before setting off. Plan so your driving time is eight hours or less per day, but don’t plan anything more than that. Then watch as your days become hilarious sagas of driving, wandering, and following your wild road trip whims.
2. Find the “world’s largest” everything. Ok so if there’s one thing you’re allowed to map out, it’s all those places that claim to have the “world’s largest” version of whatever, because they make for some hilariously off-beat sights. There are tons and tons of “world’s largests” along our highways– like the World’s Largest Potato in Idaho!
3. Car Safety – Prepping for Your Road Trip Make sure you can stay in touch with work and home, as well as handle unexpected events on the road, with a cell phone, it is essential. Before leaving on your trip, ask your service provider about roaming fees and countrywide coverage. Make sure your car is fine tuned. Whether you do it yourself or go to a garage, pre-trip auto maintenance is key to comfortable cruising. Check the wiper blades, all fluid levels (oil, water, etc.), belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, horn and headlights. If your car is still not instilling confidence, consider an all-out professional inspection. The following should always be within easy reach when you open your trunk door: a tire iron, bottled water, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit and reflectors/flares. Just because you have a spare tire doesn’t mean it’s in working order. Give it a good look before hitting the road to ensure it’s properly pumped and the treads are intact. If you’ve got the space, swap out doughnut tires for a full-size spare.
4.Classic Road Trip Eats A well-stocked cooler is to the road trip what in-flight entertainment is to a trans-Atlantic haul – it’s nearly impossible to imagine the journey without it. Herewith, some of our favorite on-the-move munchies; trail mix, bottled water and juice boxes for the kids, spreads (like peanut butter and Nutella) on your favorite crackers or cookies. Opt for a block of cheddar or gouda over gooey brie and camembert. Hard cheeses keep longer once the cooler starts to warm up, and leave less mess. Protein-packed and easy to eat, they’re the ideal road-trip snack. Baby carrots, celery sticks, radishes, sliced green pepper and cherry tomatoes (neatly packed in Tupperware) are easy to pass around the car to share.
10. Have a great Music Playlist Ready Whether you’re driving across the country or just down the road, it’s always a brilliant plan to have some carefully-selected tunes to make the trip go down smoothly. But which songs would make that perfect playlist for your next expedition? Scrounging around in your parents’ CD collection, sifting through friends’ iTunes libraries and revisiting high school mix tapes can give you some great ideas. Have a great rest of the summer and enjoy a road trip with the folks you care about the most, you’ll never know what adventures might find you. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to get updates from our LooPo Products Lab.