By Brandon Schultz, Contributor
June 1, 2021
Americans are essentially free to travel throughout the country without restriction, and most hotels, restaurants and attractions nationwide have re-opened to full capacity, ready to welcome much-needed visitors. While the summer of 2020 may have seemed like the season of the road trip as airline travel was difficult, the vast majority of Americans stayed home entirely, making the next few months the true summer of the road trip.
Research from Clearcover Insurance shows that even as they begin to feel safe to fly, 74% of Americans say they will continue to take family vacations by car, and more than 70% of Americans are in agreement that taking road trips is more convenient than flying overall. Here, Roslyn Glanville, head of driver insights at Clearcover, shares 5 tips for preparing your car for a road trip, followed by a few space-conscious products to make your adventure a bit more enjoyable without cluttering the car.
Car preparation tips
Have a professional perform a routine checkup
By having a professional administer a checkup on your car, you can ensure it will be able to go the distance. This checkup should include checking your tire pressure and the spare tire; fluid levels; and electrical equipment such as key fob batteries and brakes so that your car is in the best condition possible.
Ensure all documents are up to date
Check the expiration date on your license plate sticker, ensure your state inspection is up to date, and that your car’s registration has not expired. Although it takes a bit of preparation, it can save you from complications down the road.
Check your insurance coverages (all of them)
Review your car insurance policy and make sure you understand what it covers. If you’re unsure of something in your policy or had any household changes recently, connect with an insurance agent who can help chat through your policy with you and answer any questions you have. In addition to your auto insurance, review your home or renters insurance. You want to make sure that if anything happens to your home while you’re away, you have the proper coverage.
Whether it's a mobile app or a physical card, have your roadside assistance phone number handy so that you’re easily able to call for assistance if needed.
Emergency kit for car
Make sure your emergency kit is up to date with blankets, phone chargers, water bottles, non-perishable food, jumper cables, flashlight, batteries and a first aid kit. If you already have an emergency kit in your car, make sure to replace the batteries and check that the food has not expired.
Space-conscious product tips
City Bonfires allows you to safely bring a bonfire just about anywhere. Made of non-toxic soy wax, the clever design creates a powerful fire-in-a-can from a tin the size of a medium candle. The portable heat source is reusable and easily extinguished by simply capping the tin with its lid. Upgrade your car-side bonfire experience with the S’Mores Night Pack, including all the delicious ingredients in addition to the bonfire, skewers and lighter.
There are still several categories of traveler who require face masks, and plenty others who prefer to continue wearing them until numbers improve further. Zum Mask Mist is an all-natural, plant-based spray that elevates the mask-wearing experience with soothing scents and can bring the added bonus of lightly moisturizing skin through hydrosol. It’s currently available in rosemary-citrus, eucalyptus and lavender.
Be prepared for beverage spills or other quick cleanups with the Earth-friendly Skoy Cloth. The reusable sponge cloths absorb 15 times their weight, air dry quickly and are completely biodegradable. Each cloth replaces up to 15 rolls of paper towels and can be disinfected in a microwave or machine-washed (including dishwasher). They’re available in 4-packs that easily fit in your car’s glove compartment or center console.
There are few situations the Kachula Adventure Blanket from Coalatree can’t stand up to, making it the perfect road trip bring-along for any destination or duration. For cozying up against the air conditioning, bedding down as a sleeping bag or self-stuffing pillow, or even serving as an emergency poncho with its water-repellant, ripstop shell, including this versatile piece seriously trims your packing list.
A road trip without snacks is hardly a road trip at all while chowing down on junk is half the fun of a long drive, though, the results of sugar overload with minimal movement can provide far more discomfort than enjoyment. Trade in over-processed and over-sugared snacks for new peanut butter cups (in both dark and milk chocolate) and chocolate bars from SkinnyDipped, offering all the flavor you crave with less than half the sugar of America’s leading brands. All SkinnyDipped products are crafted with no artificial ingredients, bringing cleaner, healthier snacking to all and fueling your road trip without any calorie guilt or bellyaches.
By Brandon Schultz, Contributor
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