The holiday season is quickly approaching. Many people across the country have to travel to spend time with their families during the season. According to the American Automobile Association, 94.7 million of those people traveled by automobile in 2017. If you’re hitting the road with your family, here are some must-haves that will help you maintain your comfort (and sanity) while you’re headed to your special destination.
Packing up the family and getting on the road for holiday travel is a great way to save money on airfare and spend more quality time with your loved ones. However, it can easily lead to stress and annoyance if the car is cramped and people are uncomfortable. To maintain and enhance everyone’s comfort in the car, bring along a travel pillow and blanket. Don’t forget your sunglasses and a travel mug to keep your beverages conveniently contained. Depending on the size of your family, renting a larger vehicle for the trip would be a great idea — giving everyone a little extra space to stretch their legs and achieve a comfortable position.
Long car rides are the main ingredient in a recipe for boredom and unrest. That’s why it’s a great idea to bring plenty of options for entertainment on the road. Have your devices charged up when you leave and bring along a few portable chargers so that you never run out of juice. It’s hard to please everyone, but curate an awesome playlist that will keep everyone in an energetic or relaxed mood. Of course, you can always go low-tech and bring along your favorite books or go old school with some classic travel games, like Travel Scrabble, Mad Libs, Tic-Tac-Toe or Hangman.
It’s always the case that emergencies happen when you least expect them. However, you can plan ahead by putting together an emergency kit with all the necessary equipment for car trouble and even unexpected weather. Your roadside emergency kit should include booster cables, flashlights, and extra batteries, warning triangles and a tire pressure gauge. For unexpected inclement weather, remember to bring an umbrella, ice scraper, and a small shovel. Your car will probably already be packed with luggage, but these are travel essentials that you’ll definitely miss if you don’t have them when you need them.
Your personal safety on the road is one of the most important factors for having a successful holiday road trip. With that in mind, in addition to having a vehicle emergency kit, you should also travel with a first-aid kit in case of personal injury. From simple items like band-aids to making sure that you’ve packed all your important medications. Bring a couple bottles of water, bathroom tissue and antiseptic.