Forget a “staycation”– the summer’s almost over, and it’s time to hit the road. Road trips are a blast, but they can be unpredictable. Here are four essentials for your end of summer road trip you can keep in the car to avoid a road trip fail.
1. Prepare for the weather
Don’t let wet or chilly weather trap you in your car. Keep a sweater and a rain poncho on hand for all passengers in case the temperature plummets or the sky opens. In the interest of space, compact ponchos, like the Raines Poncho from Totes are perfect. If everyone is protected from the elements, you can sightsee, hike and shop, unhindered by the weather.
2. Keep the Critters Away
From mosquitos to ticks to bedbugs, insects can be a nuisance. Never mind that they can make you sick or infest your house if they come home in your luggage. Keep insect repellent for mosquitoes, gnats and ticks in the car, and apply before you hike or visit a park or a buggy beach.
If you stay overnight in a hotel, you do not want to bring bedbugs home with you! Right when you arrive, lift the sheets and mattress cover of the beds and inspect the mattress corners for small black dots, which can be bedbug excrement – ew. (Here’s more info on how to inspect for bed bugs). If you see signs of any, check out immediately. As an extra precaution, spray the perimeter of the mattress with bedbug spray to prevent any bedbugs from biting you in your sleep.
3. Just in Case…
Not everyone loves a car ride. If you have someone who gets queasy on the road, be smart and put that person near the window so they can get fresh air. They should also avoid dairy and other tummy irritants. Keep a little supply kit nearby, with Dramamine, motion sickness candies or wristbands (whatever works for them) and just in case…a bag to throw up in.
A small cooler packed with Tickle Water and favorite healthy snacks will keep everyone sated and happy, and prevent unnecessary – and often unhealthy – pit stops.
Now hit the road before summer’s over!