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Getting the Most Out of Your Holidays

Whether it is Celebration Day Weekend and you are getting that first getaway of the summer, or it is the yearly family Christmas vacation/ reunion, most of us have spent our portion of time making road trips. And while for many, the time devoted to the road is minimal, each year many travel the length and breadth of America, europe (and beyond) to see colleagues and loved ones. For sure, there is so much holiday travel done, that many of the roads especially the major highways and regionals are nothing but vehicles for miles on end.

by Amy Q.

Getting the Most Out of Your Holidays

With such critical traffic, what can we do to make the preparation for the trip and also the trip itself more tolerable? After all, anyone who has ever traveled with kids is well-acquainted with the number of questions and comments concerning arrival time and sharing space with siblings. With holiday travel in mind, here are a few tips to make the next trip more pleasurable.

Prepare a map for your travel

Ensure that you have plotted the course and check a travel site such as MapQuest or Google Maps to learn of any road work or construction you may encounter. After all, there are some things more annoying than sitting in traffic willing the road construction crew to please try to hurry!

Keep a positive mindset

Think about the best time for making your trip especially if children are involved.

For instance, if you are traveling with another driver, perhaps you could take turns driving at night so that the kids will be asleep during the majority of the drive. However, if you are making the trip solo- it is recommended that you travel during daylight hours and opt for well traveled and well-lighted roads as they will add an extra level of protection.

Ensure that your vehicle is in good working order before leaving.

Check the oil, water level, assorted fluids, etc. and make sure that your spare tire is ready in case of an emergency. Also, be sure to pay attention to your fuel gage-especially if traveling in regions where the gas stations are a minimum.

Think about the kids.

Have your kids pack a bag with books, music, dolls, cars, and trucks– whatever will help keep them occupied during the trip. You may also want to have blankets, pillows, snacks and some basic medicine (children’s pain meds, stomach medicine, etc…) in a bag or glove box. Some parents pack a bag for the kids with a change of clothes that is readily available in case of a spill or accident.

Charge up your batteries

Be sure that your phone is charged or that you have a car adapter for it, so you can call if there is an emergency. Of course, be sure to follow the city/state ordinances regarding cell use!

With just a little bit planning holiday travel can be a part of the fun. No, there’s no place like home for the holidays and when you take as many of the unexciting aspects and turn them into a trip that is well prepared for then you may even find that getting there is half the fun. So, plan your trip and enjoy the holidays!


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