Where are you driving this holiday season? Whether you’re loading up the car to pickup your kids from college or driving to your sister’s house for Christmas, your road trip will go more smoothly depending on how much you plan. We consulted a few of our seasoned road trip veterans and they shared the following.
- Make A Packing List: This will prevent leaving behind a number of things, whether it be as arbitrary as beach towels and carrot sticks to your son’s medication or your Epi Pen. The holidays are stressful enough. Adding a road trip in the mix can be a nightmare if you don’t have the proper tools.
- Supervise the Packing: It might be tempting to let your kids pack whatever they want since you won’t have to deal with crazy expensive airline fees. However, you’ll find yourself parked at your destination and either all of your child’s favorite toys will be falling into the parking lot, or your child forgot their underwear and sweatshirt. Cars are small and patience can run thin. It’s better to declutter before you hit the road.
- Do Your Laundry A Week Before: Set aside the clothes you envision everyone wearing about a week before you drive off. If you’re going somewhere warm, don’t forget the swimsuits! Gathering everyone’s wardrobes might require some extra laundry, but that’s where we come in! Send EZE Laundry all your vacation clothes, and throw in the sheets and holiday table linens for good measure.
- Ditch the Cooler: Did your grandma load a cooler with cold cuts and orange slices? This might ideally save time, but how often did you actually want to eat the contents of that cooler? By the time you’d been driving a few hundred miles, the last thing you wanted was in that cooler. There are lots of healthy and quick options available, and stopping for food can serve as a multipurpose stop too. You might need to take a bathroom break, stretch your legs, or buy a new cell phone charger.
- Bring Entertainment: Lots of people are driving on the roads during the holidays. In addition to extra distractions, you’ll also be facing varying weather conditions. If you’re traveling with younger kids, you’ll want to make sure that they have ample things to do. Avoid bringing toys that might be distracting to the driver such as whistles, things with bright lights, or toys that are thrown. Some kids might like movies, handheld games, books, or coloring books.
Wherever the holidays take you this year, we hope you have a wonderful Season and that all your travels are safe and uneventful!