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1. Stock your car with snacksMy daughter and I are huge snackers so we make sure to always have a bunch of snacks for any road trip. Our favorites are fresh fruit, bars, pouches, string cheese, nuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and more. Don't pack anything too smelly or messy- you will regret it late. For some reason, I tend to think it's a smart idea giving a toddler yogurt in the car. It ends in a huge mess nearly every time haha!
2. Clean out the carI find it so much nicer leaving for a trip when the car is clean. I take out all the trash and extra items that we do not need in there before leaving for a trip. If anything needs a wipe down, I do that as well.
|Adalyn says "Mom, can we please go already!"!|
When you are spending a lot of time in a car, it is so much better if the car is clean than messy. Plus, when you take out the items that you do not need, you will have more room for the many bags of stuff you do need.
|For a long trip, we stock a bag with a whole bunch of toys- better safe than sorry!|
3. Stock your car with activities for kidsWe are not huge on letting Adalyn watch a ton of TV so if we have a long car ride ahead, we plan more than just watching shows (though we do have an iPad that we usually let her watch a show or movie on). In the beginning of the trip, we tell her just to look out the window and enjoy the ride.
|Adalyn last year at the start of one of our trips!|
|Jaxen, our driver ; )|
|On our trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan last summer, we planned out all of our stops so that we could make it to as many amazing waterfalls as possible!|
4. Plan your stops ahead of timeIt is helpful to know where you are going to stop on a road trip ahead of time. That way, you know where you are going to eat (if you didn't bring your own food) and when, you have an idea how long it is until the next bathroom break, etc. I like checking RetailMeNot to see if there are any coupons for where we plan to stop and checking apps for the best gas prices around to save a little bit of money. There may also be fun stops along that way that you may want to make and it is helpful to research them ahead of time so you don't miss any must-do adventures.
|Changing the cabin air filter|
5. Make sure that your car is safe and in the best condition possibleBefore leaving for any trip, especially a long car ride, you are going to want to make sure that your car is in great condition. This includes having safe tires, making sure that you do not need an oil change, making sure you have enough air in your tires, your wipers are in good condition and that you have enough wiper fluid for example.
|Look how dirty the old air filter was! It had leaves and even a feather on it. Eww!|
We purchased the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter from Walmart. Changing this regularly helps keep the air as clean as possible in your car to protect your family from dirt dust and allergens. Troy has allergies so changing this regularly is good for him. This product filters up to 98% of dust, dirt and allergens from entering your vehicle! It uses ARM and HAMMER® baking soda to deodorize.
Changing this filter is often an overlooked part of routine car maintenance- I had never heard of it before! Luckily, my car guru of a husband knew exactly what this was and knew how to change it easily. The cabin air filter needs to be changed every year or 12,000 miles.
|The instructions for my car- the cabin air filter takes about 30 minutes to change on my car according to the instructions but it only took Troy 5 minutes.|