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Road Trip Prep – While On the Road

Here is our official “While on the Road” prep list for road trips and vacations. Use it for extended hotel stays, holiday getaways and travel away from home. Want a printable list? Download the free “How to Prepare for a Road Trip Vacation” and get all the to do lists in printer friendly PDF format.

  • Use a hands free device if talking while driving.
  • Take turns driving if one of you feels tired or dizzy.
  • Stop every two hours at rest areas, stretch and play.
  • Give pets water when arriving at (not leaving) rest areas.
  • Lock the GPS in the glove box, when leaving the car.
  • Empty trash from the car after each day’s drive.
  • Do visual inspection around the car before driving.
  • Phone the hotel if you’re going to be late.
  • Arrive, inspect, check in, sanitize the hotel room.
  • Ask the hotel staff their favorite restaurant.
  • Ask the hotel staff about local events & activities.
  • Use the GPS search near me function to explore.
  • Write a journal of the trip.
  • Update your travel blog daily with photos.
  • Transfer photos from camera to computer as backup.
  • Tag photos with keywords like name and location.
  • If roaming and exploring, pick the next destination.
  • Plan driving days and overnight stays to next destination.
  • Reserve the next few hotels several days in advance.
  • Plan attractions to see along the way if no itinerary.
  • Take digital photos when checking out of the hotel.
  • Be sure to collect the reward points from the hotel.
  • Keep all receipts from purchases and hotels.

Did we miss something on our “While on the Road” road trip vacation prep list? Please contact us at Driving Road Trips and let us know. Thank you!

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