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How to Plan a Successful Road Trip

Jen Jacobs

To me, there is nothing better than a good old fashioned road trip, but as I have learned from days gone by, there are some things to think about before you put the key in the ignition. 

Summer driving season is here, so I’ll share some ways to be a good road trip partner.

First, it’s important to have a plan. Not just agreeing on where to go, but where will you stay? Have you called ahead to make sure that the place you’re looking at even has room for you? After a long day of driving, the last thing you want to do before you go to bed is argue over where you’ll be going to bed.

"I will just never forget the anticipation and sheer joy of going out of town with my family."Who is going to drive? If you both enjoy driving, then split the driving duties. That way, while one drives, the other can enjoy the scenery or keep the kids apart. Same goes if neither one of you likes driving. Do your fair share. Even if you’re not driving, be a good passenger. That means stay awake, keep the kids entertained, and volunteer to pump gas or check the oil and tires.

Did you know you don’t always have to fill every second with talking? It’s important to also enjoy the silence. Once you hit the road, it’s not unusual to want to relax and let your mind wander. And if you reach a point where you run out of things to talk about, you can always listen to the radio! (SHAMELESS PLUG) You can listen to us live where ever you are on our mobile site!

Make a budget and stick to it. Road trips are a blast, but they can also be expensive if you don’t have a financial plan in place. Create a budget and designate one person to keep an eye on it.

It’s also a good idea to talk about the food options. Do some research beforehand and try to eat at places that offer more healthy alternatives. Also, pack a cooler with nutritious snacks and bottled water so you’re not tempted to grab chips and a soda whenever you stop for gas.

I will just never forget the anticipation and sheer joy of going out of town with my family. Dad sweating bullets and cursing as he hitched up the trailer, Mom frantically packing and worrying about the weather and both of them yelling at us kids to get our things together, but whenever we would get to where ever it was we were going, we always had a good time as a family.

Where is your favorite road trip destination?

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