In a world of increasing distractions, being in a car for an extended period of time is a great way to bond with your family or friends and see sights you may not get to otherwise and why not plan one last summer road trip
PACK SMART Besides your clothes and toiletries, road trip essentials include a basic first-aid kit, wet wipes to clean up any messes, a charger for your cellphone, jumper cables to jump-start your vehicle in case it dies, and a spare tire — And, what’s a road trip without food? Bring a cooler of finger foods like whole fruit, cheese sticks, roasted nuts, and indulgent treats like a bar of your favorite chocolate.
BANISH BOREDOM Keep your road trip entertaining. Old-fashioned games such as “I Spy” are a fail-safe option, and so is music. “Have every passenger create a playlist, and rotate listening to songs from each one.
STOP EVERY FEW HOURS Break up the monotony of being in the car by stopping every two to three hours to get some fresh air and stretch your legs.
BUILD IN SIGHTSEEING Use your road trip as an opportunity to explore the destinations you’re driving through. “Don’t just observe the landscape,” “Participate in the community you’re surrounded by.” Try seeing a small, quirky museum, dining at a restaurant known for serving tasty regional specialties or visiting a local park or farmers’ market — the app iExit, available on Apple and Android, has information on attractions off exits on major highways.
STAY CONNECTED When driving through remote areas, spotty cellphone reception and dead zones are inevitable, and in an age when many drivers rely on map apps to help them navigate, it’s a good idea to know your car navigation system and in-car Wi-Fi options before your trip. I also advised reviewing the route you will be taking before you set off and bringing along a detailed map of the areas you will be traveling through.