Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving, one of the most traveled times of the year, is just around the corner. With the high cost of airfares and long lines at security in the airports, more people are driving to their destinations.

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!

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