5 Tips to Hit the Road Without a Hitch This Summer
Unfortunately, life isn’t like one of those road trip movies where you jump in your car, zoom into the distance and put as much space as possible between you and your troubles as the credits roll. The reality is, you’re gonna get cranky, bored and hungry. The bright side? With these expert tips and a little extra planning, you can kick road trip pain points to the curb, enjoying the ride all summer long.
The best version of yourself is the one holding a glass of water. Beat fatigue on the road by staying hydrated with a few of our favorite summer beverages:
- Sparkling water
- HintⓇ water
- Fresh infused water
- Unsweet tea
Keep Calm and Snack On
Along your journey try to avoid drive-thrus, instead, plan ahead and give one of these dietitian-approved snacks a try:
- Market Street snack packs
- Fresh-cut fruit
- SargentoⓇ snack packs
- Munk PacksⓇ
- Lorissa’s KitchenⓇ beef jerky
Own Your Stops
Not to sound like a fortune cookie, but sometimes, the journey actually is the destination. Break up your drive and make the trip more fun by looking for State and National Parks along your route. Here are a few of our faves in the Southwest:
- Hyde Memorial State Park
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park
- Caprock Canyon State Park
- Big Bend National Park
You’ve counted all 99 bottles of pop on the wall and have spotted every license plate from here to Timbuktu—now what? Our go-to is a binge-worthy podcast or an audiobook from our summer reading list. Here are a couple we’re loving right now:
- Eat Smart by Niomi Smart
- Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
- The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents by Emma Sibley
Pack for the Worst
It’s all fun and games until you’re stranded on the side of the road with a dead phone and a flat tire. In short: When it comes to road trips, you should plan for the best, but be prepared for the worst. This means:
- Remembering to check your air pressure and get your oil changed BEFORE you leave
- Checking the status of your spare tire
- Packing a basic first-aid kit containing bandages, bug ointment, DramamineⓇ and TylenolⓇ
- Bring along your trusty car charger for long trips
There you have it, folks! Now you’re ready to take on the open road. Happy trails!
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