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10 tips to get your car road trip-ready

There's nothing like a road trip and setting out on the open highway to spark a sense of adventure.

Here are 10 tips to help you hit the road with confidence!

Pick out some tunes

Make a playlist for your road trip with old favorites, new hits and maybe even some audio books to entertain along the way.

Pick a few flicks, too

If your car has a media player, bring a few movies along! Let your passengers relax in the back.

Pack drinks

Reduce the number of stops by filling a cooler with drinks and frozen water bottles. They act as ice packs and eventually melt so you can drink them later.

Bring along some shelf-stable items

Pack a box of single-serve pantry items, bread and treats to get you through a long stretch.

Don't forget the TP

Nature calls, even when there isn’t a restroom for miles. Be prepared.

Pack cleaning supplies

After long drives, the car can get surprisingly messy. Bring carpet cleaner, air freshener, paper towels and all-purpose cleaner in the car.

Be prepared for a roadside emergency

Bring along jumper cables, and make sure you have the tools you need to change a tire. Signing up for a roadside assistance plan if you're able is also a good idea.

Double-check your paperwork

Make sure your license, registration and insurance are all up to date.

Know where you're going

Believe it or not, there are some parts of the country that don’t get cell reception and are dead zones. Don’t rely too much on GPS or Google Maps.

Get your car checked

Don't forget to take your car in for a tune-up before you leave town.



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