Ahhh summertime, a time for sunshine, food, family and travel. As many people have probably experienced, planning a vacation can be stressful, and who knows what hiccups will arise when you hit the open road? We have complied a list of tips and tricks that will ensure smooth travels and prep you to tackle those unexpected road bumps like a champ.
1. Pack the Essentials
When packing for your trip, always make sure you have the essentials (phone, wallet, keys, toothbrush, etc.). It is important to know where you are heading on your trip and pack accordingly. Remember, pack only what’s necessary. You won’t need that shirt you haven’t worn in three years (we promise).
2. Bring Entertainment
There will certainly be downtime on your trip. Fill these moments with meaningful occupations. Catch up on that book that has been on your to-read list for a year, bring cards and play a classic game the whole family can enjoy, or develop a road game yourself. Every second of your trip is a chance to make more memories!
3. Include Everyone
Whether you are travelling with family or friends, it is important to make sure that everyone feels involved in the plans. This way, each member of your travel party will feel included and invested in the trip. Possibly have a brief meeting to discuss what everyone’s interests are and develop a plan from there.
4. Avoid the “Hangry” Attitude
Most of us have heard the famous Snicker’s saying, “you aren’t you when you’re hungry,” and most of us can attest to just how accurate this saying is. Whether Dad turns into a growling bear on an empty stomach, or Mom transforms into an angry Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, food is ESSENTIAL. Pack plenty of snacks and maintain a normal eating schedule. Food will make sure your group is happy and ready for a day on the move.
5. Find a Balance
On every trip, it is important to have a plan but still maintain a sense of adventure. If your trip is all itineraries, there is no room to explore. However, if you have no structure, your vacation will descend into chaos. Find the balance between the two extremes. A general rule of thumb: plan the essentials (where you are headed and where you are sleeping) and explore when you arrive.
Now that you are prepped and ready, it is time to hit the open road. One last tip, make sure your car is as ready for your trip as you are. Stop by Houska Automotive for any last-minute automotive needs and then head on your way!
Enjoy every moment because it’s all about the journey.