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Since moving to Texas, we’ve taken many road trips. We’ve done quick trips to Port Aransas and longer trips to New Orleans. Several times a year we head back to Oklahoma to visit family for special events and holidays. For many families, spring/summer time = road trips. I’m sharing my road trip essentials so you can make your next road trip a success!
First on the list: tunes! Your favorite local radio station will quickly cut out, so I prefer to listen to satellite radio or Pandora. I keep all my favorite XM stations programmed so if we get bored with one, we can find something else easily. We also like listening to the comedy stations or NPR; especially if you can catch “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” or “Ask Me Another”!
The key here, is to make sure you download the podcasts before you hit the road. Some of my favorites are: This American Life, TED Radio Hour, and Criminal. If you missed it, be sure to check out the Serial podcasts. It will suck you in quickly and it is several hours of entertainment so you may be able to get the whole podcast listened to in one trip!
Can’t forget Fido! The main reason we like to drive when we take the 7 hour trip back home is so we can bring our pup Barkley. When traveling with your dog, make sure you bring everything he will need: food, water bowl, medications, poop bags, toys, treats, kennel, leash, and of course his collar! Make sure your pet keeps his collar on and that his tags have your cell phone number on them. We try to interrupt our dog’s routine as little as possible. He usually sleeps during the day, so if we can take him for a run before we leave, he’ll usually just rest on the drive.
We like to stop by Kroger before we hit the road to stock up on snacks. Gas station snacks are usually over priced and healthy option are harder to find. Bring along fruit, granola bars, raw veggies, chips, and a little candy. We even stock a mini cooler with drinks and anything that needs to keep cool. That’s especially nice in the summer!
Last but not least on my road trip essentials – chewing gum! Gum will freshen your breath when you don’t have time to make a pit stop and brush, and will keep you occupied if you start feeling sleepy. When you are stocking up on snacks at Kroger before your big trip, be sure to grab the new Extra® 35-stick pack. The new, durable package is great for long road trips – the recycled package will be great when it gets tossed around the car. My favorite is Extra® Gum Spearmint, but Extra® Gum Polar Ice® is a close second. Since these packs have more gum, they will last for your entire road trip – plus more to share! I grabbed these new Extra® 35-stick packs in the check out aisle in Kroger.
Do you have any fun road trips planned? What’s the one thing you always bring along?