Effortless Road Trip Organization
Summer is upon us and that means it is road trip season! What better way to spend time with family and friends than seeing the sights and partaking in new and exciting activities. But road trips require planning and organizing. No one wants to start driving and realize they forgot the cooler of sandwiches, or hear a cry from the backseat teenager that they forgot their phone charger. Read on for some tips on making your next road trip run smoothly.
- Lists, lists, lists!
As soon as you begin planning and finalizing your trip, start a list. This list should include what items need to be in your car during your trip. Think about items such as chargers, headphones, coolers, snacks, first aid kit, cleaning wipes, napkins, place for trash, blankets, pillows, etc. Every time you think of something new, add it to your list. Be sure to share the list with anyone else traveling with you. They can also add to this list as well.
Now that you’ve established what you need to bring, you want to think about how you will store those items while on the road. Along with storing the item, think about who may need access to it and how often. Example, if you are packing snacks for a group, various people will need access to that throughout the trip. Be sure to have the items within reach but not in a space that could distract passengers.
3. What ifs
The freedom of the open road can also provide opportunities for things to not go as planned. Be sure to have special items in case of an emergency. Think about first aid, health insurance cards, medications, contact phone numbers and address, roadside emergency kit, etc. Know your route and where gas stations, rest areas, hotels, and police stations can be located. Many times, this information is easily found using the GPS maps on your phone.
Planning ahead may seem tedious at the time, but when you do, your vacation can be spent enjoying the sights and your loved ones and not worrying if you packed your water bottle!