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Summer. Just that word brings a smile to my face because it means time with the kids, relaxing in the sunshine and of course exploring new places! Adventure awaits on the open road with cities to explore and beautiful scenery to enjoy. But like any trip you can't expect it to be smooth sailing all the way, problems are likely to occur so it is important to prepare for the unexpected on your summer road trip.
Road Trip Vehicle
The most important part of a summer road trip is having a dependable vehicle that fits the whole family, you don't want to be left on the side of the road with smoke billowing out from under the hood or a flat tire. Do a routine check on the tires, oil, and engine. Safety is a priority because your family is precious cargo.
You might realize it is time for a newer vehicle and that's ok, better to figure that out before you hit the road. Start with researching your vehicle options online, Cars.com is a great learning resource. On the website you'll find honest videos and reviews that are based on fact, they give you the essential information you're looking for about a wide variety of vehicles.
If you want to arrive at a specific location by a certain date mapping out your trip is important. When planning your trip take stopping for fuel, food and tourist spots into account. Having a plan will give you a better idea of how far you need to go daily and how many stops you can make.
Keep in mind that traveling can be tiring, making frequent stops and switching drivers is a great way to break up the trip. Afterall a perfect summer road trip doesn't mean you're trapped in a vehicle for hours on end.
Always be Prepared
Learning how to change a flat tire and what to do in case of emergency are great tools to have along the road. Bringing an emergency kit with you that has medicines, extra food, a blanket, first aid supplies and a few tools will give you peace of mind while on the road. You never know when you'll run into an unexpected road stop or have to bandage up a scrape or two.
Taking along extra water and snacks is always a good idea. Without a doubt the kids will get hungry and thirsty and having a few extra supplies will save you from purchasing these at a gas station. One of our favorite things to do is stop at a grocery store and stock up on a few snacks so we can picnic along our route, this saves a lot of money and we get to enjoy the outdoors and a meal.
While on the road keep in mind that summer is a time for exploration and fun. Find unique towns to explore, hikes to waterfalls and restaurants to eat at. Don't forget your camera you'll treasure these photos for years to come. Exploring places you've never been before can be the perfect summer getaway you've always wanted.