Planning a Roadtrip

Planning Your Road Trip Without Stress

You know you want to go on a road trip. You have been dreaming about the place you want to go to. That is the fun part. Dreaming of where you are going. Then you have to do the planning and getting ready for the trip. For a lot of people, this part is nothing but stress. It doesn't have to be. Here are some tips on planning a stress-free road trip!

  • Think about where you want to stay. Are you staying with friends, in hotels, or at a campsite? Make your reservations and have all of the confirmations in place of where you are staying. Print them out and keep them together in a special place all together. Make sure that you have given yourself enough time to check in without rushing. 
  • Plan the attractions you want to visit. Do you need to buy tickets or make reservations ahead of time? You do not want to miss out on visiting somewhere because you did not plan ahead. If you purchase tickets online or by mail, place the tickets with your confirmations. 
  • Pack a first aid kit for the car. Along with the basic first aid supplies, like bandages, antibiotic ointment, insect bite swabs, tweezers and pain relievers, make sure it has a charged cell phone in it. This cell phone does not have to have cell service. It just has to have a charged battery and work. Any cell phone that has a charged battery can call 911. 
  • Make sure the car is road trip ready. Get the oil changed. Check the tires and check the spare tire to make sure it is in good condition. Have a mechanic at Kayser Chrysler Center of Watertown check out the car to make sure everything is in good working order. Whether you're going across country, or just driving around Watertown, WI it's important to have your vehicle checked out on a regular basis.
  • Look into AAA. It is good to have in case you experience car trouble but AAA also gives discounts on hotels and restaurants. 
  • Plan a house/pet sitter. Depending on how long you will be gone, you might need someone to watch over your house, take care of your pets and water the plants. Make the arrangements ahead of time so that these things are not on your mind at the last minute. 

Once you have made all of the plans, there is nothing else to do except pack and get excited. For tips on keeping the kids entertained on long trips take a look at our top five favorite apps!

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