Preparing for a road trip can be overwhelming. You have to pack clothes and accessories for yourself and your kids in addition to making sure the house is squared away. There’s always something that we forget to do. Whether it’s putting a hold on the mail, or stopping by the ATM the day before, you’re bound to forget something important. Here’s our list of gentle reminders for your next road trip.
3 things you probably won’t think about but should consider doing before your family summer road trip!
- Pack the spare ignition key/remote to your car. I never thought of doing this in the past especially if I am driving my personal vehicle. But it’s crucial. If you loose your key on the road, that could cause a world of problems and extra expenses. For my SUV, a replacement key costs $200! Take the spare, it’s better to be safe and prepared than sorry and stranded.
- Update your cars in-dash GPS! If your car has an in-dash system or even if you have a portable one (other than your phone), make sure you’ve downloaded the latest maps. Neighborhoods, new roads, shopping centers, gas stations and restaurants are being built all the time. Keep your GPS up to date so you can find everything you need/want easily and keep your road trip and vacation stress free.
- Notify your credit card company/bank of your travel plans. Nothing is more frustrating to swipe your credit card/debit card and it’s declined because of a security hold because you’re traveling and the location looks suspicious to your bank. Avoid it by letting them know you’re on the road. I like to travel with a pre-paid debit card to avoid this frustrating dilemma.
Always get your family car serviced before your road trip. I like to do it at a minimum of 2 weeks before so if a repair needs to be done I can decide to go ahead with the repair, wait or rent a car for my road trip.
What’s the one thing you always do before your family road trip?
Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.
By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller
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