Spring is here and so are the thoughts of beaches, mountains, and traveling to getaway. Whether you hit the road or book a flight, you need to prepare. My Spring break travel must-haves will help you prepare to have a fun and safe trip.
Road Trip Ready
If you are hitting the road, my first tip is to prepare your vehicle. Whether you are driving your own car or renting a vehicle, always check the fluids, air in your tires, and windshield wipers.
Check And Fill Your Fluids
Don’t rely on the rental place to make sure all of the fluids are full, they should be, but I learned the hard way that they don’t always check them. Good windshield wipers are very important, I hit rain, snow, and ice on my spring break trip, and not only was the fluid out in my rental car, but the wipers were not road ready.
Another tip is to make sure your tires have good tread, even if you have a 4×4 or an all-wheel drive, if your tires are old and bald, you aren’t going to get good traction during harsh weather.
Road Assistance Services
Having a road assistance service like AAA is very important. It may seem expensive at first, but I have saved more than I’ve paid every year with either a flat tire, or savings at hotels.
Having A Great Getaway Bag
I don’t fly but having a great carry-on bag is very important whether you are flying or hitting the road. You could use a large backpack like the leather one from Jane.com, or this beautiful, handled bag, also from Jane.com. I always pack a smaller bag for hotels so that I don’t have to take all of my luggage in at every stop.
Protecting Your Eyes
Sunglasses are essential to have on any time the sun is out, or even when it is cloudy. Not just for the protection from the harmful rays, but also to help you see better while you are driving or hiking, or even just relaxing on the beach.
You could also double protect your eyes by wearing a great hat, which is great for those bad hair days too. I always have a baseball cap in my car, and this cute rain hat from Jane.com is perfect for any kind of weather.
Keeping The Kids Busy
Crafts while traveling is a great way to keep the kids busy. I found this large Texas map on Jane.com where they have a map for each state or the whole united states. It’s a great way to get the kids excited about where you are going and to keep them busy with coloring it in. The cute octopus markers are a great gift for the kids to kick off the trip.
Stay Safe While Traveling
Having a first aid kit on any trip is tip #2 in my travel must-haves. The first aid kits available from Keep Going First Aid are perfect for any travels you may take. They have a small one with all the essentials, that is perfect to keep in your purse or the glove box of your car. The medium first aid kit is what I take on my road trips. And the large has everything you need for pretty much any kind of emergency, this one is great for long road trips, camping and more.
Snacks and water are very important when traveling. Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated, but it also makes you stop and stretch your legs every couple of hours, or more. Create fun snack packs for the kids and for the adults. I know I always want a cocktail to wind down once I reach the hotel, so I always pack a mini alcohol with a mixer to be ready to create a yummy drink once we have unloaded the vehicle and are relaxing at our destination.
Spa time, I always take a mini spa with me when I travel. There is nothing better than pampering yourself after a long road trip. You could make a mini facial, mini pedicure, and mini manicure kit to use while on the road.