10 Road Trip Must-Haves
Road trip season is here! If your summer vacation plans include long hours on the road, you’ll want to pack some on-the-go essentials to keep your passengers happy, safe and comfortable. At The Lodge Motor Inn in Dawson Creek, BC, we care about motorists’ comfort, which is why we’ve put together this handy item checklist. So pack your bags, buckle up and hit the road prepared with these 10 road trip must-haves:
1. A cooler to store edibles and drinks. Pack crumb-free, non-greasy snacks for the kids like baby carrots, grapes and simple sandwiches. Make sure to have sufficient water on hand to stay hydrated throughout the journey. Packing snacks and light meals saves time and money spent at restaurants in addition to keeping kids well-nourished and content.
2. Travel mugs to keep that essential cup of coffee nice and hot. A great spill-free option, travel mugs are a must on long car rides. They’re also eco-friendly and cost-efficient. Just refill at the nearest rest stop and enjoy!
3. Blankets and pillows to make a long drive feel like heaven. Kids tire easily, so packing a few cozy blankets and cushiony pillows will help them sleep soundly for a more peaceful drive. What’s more, pillows can help alleviate lower back pain from staying seated for too long.
4. A first aid kit to treat ailments or minor injuries while on the road. Make sure to have anti-bacterial cream, bandages, pain relievers and motion sickness medication, among other first aid essentials, in case the next pharmacy is kilometres away.
5. A roadside emergency kit to be prepared in the worst-case scenario. Anything can happen while on the road, which is why it’s important to have a fully stocked emergency kit on hand in case immediate roadside assistance isn’t available. Make sure your kit includes flashlights, extra batteries, jumper cables and flares.
6. Spare keys to get out of a sticky situation. Always keep a duplicate set of keys in a purse or separate bag in case you accidently get locked out (it happens to the best of us). Also, make sure to check the condition of your spare tire before hitting the open road.
7. A GPS device or other navigational system to get to your final destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. Make sure your GPS is fully charged, and take a minute to program addresses ahead of time. Not only will your GPS show you the fastest route, but it will alert you to potential roadblocks or high-congestion areas. However, while today’s technologies are increasingly reliable, it never hurts to pack an old-fashioned, physical map!
8. Phone chargers and USB cables to keep your electronic devices in working order. You won’t go far with a dead GPS nor will a dead phone serve you well in the case of an emergency. Avoid getting yourself into a bind by bringing the necessary equipment along for the ride.
9. Entertainment to make the trip fly by. E-readers and tablets for viewing movies can make long hours on the road more bearable. Do you get carsick? Audiobooks are a great alternative to avoid the nauseating act of reading hard-copy literature while in motion.
10. Sports equipment to get the blood circulating in your limbs. It’s recommended to make regular pit stops when driving for extended hours at a time to stretch your legs and get your blood flowing. Bring along a Frisbee, soccer ball or football to get your daily dose of exercise in.
If you’re travelling through Dawson Creek, BC, make sure to stop off at The Lodge Motor Inn or Northwinds Lodge for some much-needed shut-eye. Our motel accommodations, with restaurant on-site, make it easy to experience home-style comfort. With 24-hour check-in, you can stop over anytime you like!
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