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Having taken our fair share of road trips the last several years, I have a pretty good idea of what it takes to keep everyone as happy and comfortable as can be expected. Whether you’re headed out on a 2 hour trip or an 18 hour trip, being prepared for anything and everything will make the trip run smoother and keep you sane in the case of the unexpected.
I’m usually the designated driver on our little family adventures. Whether it’s a drive down the shore or a round trip drive to Florida, I’m the guy who does the driving. My wife keeps the kids busy, checks the maps, and handles pretty much everything else.
I do a lot of driving for my day job, so I’m used to being behind the wheel for long stretches of time. Even so, before we head out on any road trip, we make sure all our ducks are in a row before we even leave the house.
Try some or all of these tips the next time you head out on a road trip
Plan out your trip in advance.
Try to take into account any road closures that you may know of (if traveling locally), have toll money ready, print out maps of your travel route in case your GPS goes down, and plan out any stops you’ll be making for bathroom breaks or overnight rests.
Leave at night.
Depending on where you are headed and how long your trip is, try leaving at night (or close to the kids’ nap times). At first they’ll be excited for a nighttime adventure, but before you know it, they’ll be fast asleep leaving you to concentrate on the driving.
Create an emergency kit.
Not your typical roadside emergency kit, one of those should always be in your car, but a kit for an emergency in the car, like one of the kids getting car sick or an unexpected fever. Keep it handy, not packed away somewhere in your suitcase. I like to keep a small tote filled with a change of clothes, paper towels, plastic bags, disinfecting wipes, travel medicine, and even a roll of toilet paper in the trunk that I can easily grab in an emergency. This tote usually stays in the trunk at all times, even for trips to the store. You never know when you’ll need it.
Pack an activity bag.
The last thing you want is for the kids to get bored, and after a while it can get pretty boring for the kids. Pack them a bag full of toys, game systems, and even a tablet loaded with movies for them to enjoy.
Pick up some cheap pencil cases and fill them with printed out mazes, coloring sheets, and even maps of where you’re headed.
Add some crayons, and you have an instant activity book for road trips.
Pack a cooler.
It’s inevitable that you’ll have to make a few stops along the way, but having a cooler bag with drinks and snacks for those “Dad, I’m hungry” moments will save time from having to make another stop.
Utilize Packing Lists.
Believe it or not, a packing list is good even for the most seasoned travelers. We’re doing more and more traveling these days, and even though we’re pretty good at packing, there have been times I’ve forgotten the most basic items. I try to pack my own travel bag with my razors, shaving cream, and deodorant; this way I know everything is there. We won’t talk about the time I left my essentials at home and had to track down my favorite razor while on vacation.
To avoid any potential problems like that, I picked up the new Gillette® Mach3® Signature Edition razors available at Costco (online and in stores). With 14 cartridges and one handle, I know I can stay smooth and up to 100% redness free* no matter how long my trip is. Not having to worry about running out of cartridges is a plus for me.
The Gillette® Mach3® has DuraComfort™ Blades and a Responsive Blade System for comfort that lasts and an extra-lubricating gel strip (vs. Mach3®), which is great for my skin.
It gives me the extra close shave that I want without any redness.
Use these travel tips to help your family have a smooth time traveling this summer.
*It’s possible with Mach3®.