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Road T(r)ips: Planning Tips

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By Madeline Klein on October 25, 2016 in travel

Whether you’re going to the lake, the beach, the mountainsor the city, we want your trip to be safe, fun and unforgettable! That’s why we thought up Road T(r)ips, a Say Blog series all about getting the most out of your vehicle vacay.

Buckle up. We’re starting with safety.


Cell phone: Before you hit the road, talk to your provider about your nationwide coverage and roaming charges. We also recommend investing in a car charger because there’s no hotline bling without power.

Car maintenance: Does your oil need to be changed? How about your tires? Get your car checked out before you make the big drive. We like surprises, just not the kind that make clunking noises from your engine.

Just in Case: We hope you don’t need these things but you never know what the road will bring, so just in case have these things handy: a good spare tire, tire iron, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and reflectors.


Make a checklist: Think about the activities you’ll be doing, the weather and the necessities you can’t live without. Make a list and check it off as you pack! That way you won’t scare your friends away when you forget your toothbrush.

One bag per person: Try to have all passengers keep it to one bag per person. Packing lights helps keep things quick, organized and it lightens the load, which can increase your gas mileage.

Pack a car bag: Throw in your snacks, sunglasses, chargers, hand wipes, flashlight, maps and all the other things you’ll need quick access to while on the road.

We know a map might sound old school, but this a great back up in case your GPS loses signal. Plus, we like the idea of tracking your progress and framing it later.


Plan: It’s a good idea to plan which city you’ll sleep in each night. It’s not a good idea to drive through the night, so get your rest and set out early in the morning. We also recommend keeping drive time to less than eight hours a day.

But not too much planning: Have an idea of where you will be sleeping and things you would like to do, but leave room for spontaneity! Also, don’t over-research your stops. We think it’s better to soak up each stop without expectations.

Activities: Driving is part of the adventure so make playlists, play travel games and make the most of your drive time! Check out our other blogs for our favorite road trip entertainment.

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Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digital media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!