Road Trip Ready: Essentials for Traveling by Car

This post is sponsored by Allstate.

Nothing beats a good road trip. I love traveling no matter if it’s by plane or by car; I don’t discriminate, but I do value a nice road trip with my husband or my family. Being stuck in a car for a long period of time doesn’t bother me at all and neither does driving myself! I once drove a group of friends 11 hours straight (both ways) to South Florida for Spring Break in college… it honestly wasn’t that bad, but I’m a good driver. Did you know Allstate ranks cities by the best and worst drivers each year? Atlanta is ranked as the 178th safest driving city out of 200 of the largest U.S. cities- YIKES! You can see this year’s America’s Best Driver’s Report here to see the rest of the rankings!

Because I’m a big planner, I’ve already started preparing for our summer road trip to the beach this August! It’s never too early to plan; I’ve already been planning my outfits! If packing a month ahead is a stretch, here are a few practical tips to get road trip ready.

Stock Up on Treats

One of the things I love about Andy is that he always stocks up on good road trip snacks the night before a road trip. To us, this looks like M&Ms, water and some sort of crunchy, salty snack like Munchies or Doritos. I’m not a chip person but give me a road trip and some boredom and I can be! Growing up we always ate Bugles or Pringles! (If you had a go-to road trip snack, tell me what it is in the comments below!) All of these treats can be expensive, so here are some other ways you can save money on your road trip.

Download Entertainment

Some people can read in the car. I can on highways but if there are any frequent spots or turns, forget it. I can also work from my laptop in the car, but I tend to try to take the time to connect with whoever I’m with. The best way to spend that time, for me, is listening to a podcast or audiobook. It’s a lot more fun than fighting over music and changing the song every 30 seconds! Here are some of my favorite podcast recommendations! Andy and I love to listen to crime podcasts while we drive, while my sister and I like to listen to business podcasts so we can brainstorm ideas for Boho Bus.

Secure Your Home

Because I work in social media full-time, I see a lot of things. I know all of the dangers which is one reason I try to be cautious about the information I share with the world. Traveling, and letting everyone know your home is vacant, puts you at risk of break-ins and other dangerous activity. Allstate has some amazing social media tips to deter burglary and theft, but I also suggest prepping your home to prevent anything from happening by checking all the locks and windows, leaving a light on and activating security systems. We always have a family member at the house to check on things, watch the house and get the mail. I’m also a big fan of our Ooma Butterfleye camera security system!

Prep Your Vehicle

Although I love driving, I hate the toll it takes on my car. I’m always worried about the worst that could happen since I’ve had my share of flat tires – always right before my road trips. (Knock on wood for me, please!) Here’s a full list of vehicle checkpoints to take care of before taking any trip. Besides checking your tire pressure, I highly suggest filling up your gas tank the day before, checking your engine fluid and making sure you’ve had an oil change and inspection! This part isn’t the most fun, but it’s definitely the most important.

We’re so excited to put these tips to good use later this summer when we make the drive down to St. Augustine for a beach trip! Happy driving!

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

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