5 Tips For A Successful Holiday Road Trip

African American family in carThe holiday travel season is upon us. Though usually filled to the brim with glee and goodies, the smallest glitch could put a damper on anyone’s festive frolicking. Thankfully for you, after countless travel fails and prevails, we’ve learned a few things. We’ve compiled a list on how to pack your car like a champ to avoid an abominable snowman sized meltdown.

1. Ensure your vehicle is travel ready: This includes checking tire pressure, fluid levels, belts, lights and brakes. We suggest taking your car by your mechanic for a safety inspection at least two weeks prior to hitting the road.

2. Pack smart. When it comes to loading up the car, you want to pack light and pack it in right to keep everything safe. Load lighter items on top of heavier baggage and secure items as necessary. Avoid piling items to the ceiling and blocking the driver’s rear window view. Utilize the space underneath seats, too. Anyone who is prone to carsickness should have a clear view of the front window.

3. Have the basics readily available: Even with careful preparation, you might experience car trouble on the highway. You’ll want to be prepared. According to Consumer Reports, you should gather the following items for a roadside emergency kit:

  • Cellphone
  • Gadget charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light, hazard triangles or flares
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Auto club membership card (if applicable)
  • Jack and lug wrench, foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit.