3 Things You Must Do Before A Road Trip!

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.

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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

Follow me on twitter @thetravelindiva and/or @Passenger156 for all the latest in travel.

Author: The Travelin Diva

Self proclaimed 'Travelin Diva,' Kirstin is a DC native and graduate of Howard University! Pursuing her dreams in 2007, Kirstin launched the travel magazine Reservations Travel Guide which led her to start the fabulous travel blog www.Passenger156.com to showcase the latest travel news, innovative travel products and the worlds' hottest destinations and deals. Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.

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  1. I’m going to make a post tomorrow about my most important tip which is spray WD40 on the front of the car to prevent bugs from sticking!! Making a video tomorrow

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  2. I make sure to have all of my son’s medicines. He has food allergies so making sure his meds are current.

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  3. Nice post! I never think about updating the GPS and I like the pre-paid debit card idea.

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    • Once my debit card number was cloned when I was traveling back from Montreal causing a rack of problems. The pre-paid is not hooked to my financial identity or my social so no identity theft worries on that front! 🙂

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  4. Great tips as always. I never thought about notifying the bank though. That makes a lot of sense.

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  5. I had to learn last year about that last tip. I made sure to call my bank when I went on a 7 day cruise so I wanted them to know as I went from island to island when I was making purchases.

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  6. Never thought about the first one at all, but thanks for the head sup. I always pack snacks that I love too

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  7. I have learned to notify my Credit Union when traveling. They have embarrassed me in the name of safety a few times.

    I never thought to update my GPS.

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  8. These are awesome tips! I went on a road trip at the beginning of the summer and did not even think about updating the GPS. Luckily I got to my destination without an issue. Thanks so much for joining the Thursday Three Link-Up on LiveLifeWellBlog.com! I hope to see your post next Thursday as well.


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  9. Great tips! I’ve learned the hard way (a couple of times) about notifying our bank ahead of time, due to declined transactions for the very reason you mentioned. It’s frustrating to say the least. I haven’t bothered to update my car GPS because of the expense -_- so I just rely on the GPS in my phone and it usually gets me where I need. I can’t even start packing for a trip before I’ve sat down and put together my checklist.

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  10. These are great tips. We get our tire pressure checked, and make sure all of our fluids are topped off.

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  11. My husband always likes to get the car detailed before we go on a trip so the car is extra clean. We also make sure the insurance cards and registration are in the car as well.

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    • I like to get the car cleaned to before a trip. Double checking to make sure you have all your documents is a good idea too.

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