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We are so lucky to live 3 hours from Disney and 2 hours from the Keys! Because of this it feels like we are always take road trips. We have become the road trip experts. For Spring Break we went to Orlando for half of the break and the Keys for the 2nd half of the break. Today I am sharing Tips for Preparing for a Road Trip.
A week or two before a long road trip is a great time to make sure that your car is ready for the trip. Check when your next oil change is due to determine if you should get an oil change before your trip.
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I was very intimidated by the thought of changing the cabin air filter. I was excited to see that it is actually very easy to do. Even our 4 year old daughter helped us. We went to our local Walmart and found the product on in the auto section. We simply unscrewed the four screws in the glove box. Pull open the plastic cap and remove the cabin air filter. I do regular maintenance on my car so I was shocked to see just how dirty my cabin air filter was. Replace the filter, close the plastic piece and screw the glove box back into place.
We love music so part of our road tripping prep is creating a new music mix on our phone. In addition to lots of car dancing we pack an activity box for our daughter. Instead we keep markers, coloring books and stickers.
I would love to say we are screen free, but we are not. We recently invested in a pair of wireless head phones. They have been life changing. Our daughter can watch her shows and we can talk or listen to music. My favorite part of the head phones is when she tries to talk to us, but ends up screaming because her head phones are still on. I often travel with my lap top so I can work while we are on the road. I love this plug that connects to the cigarette lighter.
Food is a big part of a road trip for us. I love to bring lots of fruit and water. Let’s be honest we also pack some yummy snacks. We use a soft sided cooler and keep them close. Sometimes it feels like the second we are pulling out of our driveway our daughter is already asking for a snack.
It feels like tetris trying to fit everything into the car. I like to pack in soft sided bags so that it is easy to push them into tight spaces. I also love traveling with a hang up bag. It makes unpacking so easy.
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