Here are some helpful travel tips to keep you safe and comfortable on the road.
Maintenance: Have your vehicle checked by a mechanic prior to the trip. A visit to your friendly, neighborhood, certified mechanic could save you a lot of time and money. Also, check the pressure in the spare tire.
Flashlight: A big, long (at least 12-inch) flashlight is a must when I travel by car. I don't leave home without my Maglite. Should something happen at night or during a rainstorm, a flashlight comes in handy for several reasons. Did you know it could also be used in self defense? Check the batteries prior to departure.Pepper spray: Travel with pepper spray or some other type of device to keep you safe. This is especially important when traveling alone or for a girls' get-away.
Emergency road side service: If you are traveling long distances, consider an emergency road side service, even a new car can leave you stranded on the side of the road. Be sure to keep the emergency road side service phone number in a convenient spot so it can be easily retrieved.
Navigation: Don't rely only on GPS. GPS is a wonderful tool; however, it is not always correct and can be unreliable. Having a second set of directions on paper or a good old fashion, up-to-date map is a great way to have a pack up plan.
Car cell phone charger: With the age of cell phones and batteries that don't stay charged long, it is important to have your car phone adapter and cord to keep your phone charged.
Snacks: Be sure to take a healthy snack. There are many healthy bars on the market today like granola, protein and snack bars. Pick up a box or two at the store to keep with you in the car. In the event that your travels are delayed, food is readily available.
Drinks: Along with snacks be sure to have drinks, especially water. Water can be used for many different things besides hydration.
Closed toe shoes: Deck shoes, tennis shoes or any other closed toe shoe is good to wear while driving on a road trip. Leave the pumps, stilettos and flip flops for your destination.
Fun: Don't forget the fun! Traveling by car is a great way to make lasting memories. I bet you probably remember taking a road trip with your family.
Stay safe no matter where your travels take you this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!