On the Road: 7 Tips for Summer Road Trips

Road trips make for a quick and easy vacation – all you need is a weekend, a tank of gas, and some sort of destination. (the world’s biggest yarn ball? Sure, why not?) It’s a great way to explore the country and bond with friends and family, but if Chevy Chase, aka Clark Griswold (see National Lampoon’s Vacation), has taught me anything, it’s that you should always be prepared before hitting the open road. So to make sure your trip is a smooth ride, check out the tips below.

Get your car road trip ready.
Pretty basic but pretty important – get your oil changed, your fluids checked, and a spare tire in place before taking off. And as a backup? Well, having a AAA card never hurts.

Choose your companions carefully.
We’re talking car-sized confinement here, people. So that annoying friend you can only take in small doses? Leave them at home – trust me on this one.

Don’t put all your faith in technology.
There are times when even the best GPS malfunctions (tunnels, anyone?), so have a paper map on hand just in case.

Make a playlist.
From classics like Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ to Miley Cyrus’s Party in the U.S.A. (you know you love it), road trip tunes are essential.

Keep your camera close.
Whether it’s in your passenger’s lap or the middle console, keep that camera within reach – you never know what photographic gems you might come across on the open road.

Bypass high gas prices.
Break out that smart phone and download apps like GasBuddy to help you locate the best deals for gas on the go.

Pack snacks and trash bags.
Whether it’s soda or water, stick to bottles. Juice boxes and cans have a tendency to spill when the ride gets bumpy. And since you’ll be snacking throughout the trip, trash bags are always handy.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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July 25, 2012