Top Ten Things for Your Summer Road Trip in 2016


Summer is finally here. The time for the long awaited summer road trip has arrived. How can you best prepare for your trip to make it the great success that you have dreamed it would be? Whether you are planning a trip to the beach, the mountains, the big city or a visit to friends or family, careful planning will insure the most enjoyable time with the least amount of hassle; so, including the most essential items when you pack is very important. The following is a list of suggestions that will make your trip easier.

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Top 10 Things to Consider Taking on Your Road Trip

  1. Maps of the areas you intend to visit, or a GPS. A GPS or a smartphone is great to have along because besides directions, it can provide you with many points of interest such as locations of restaurants, parks and places to stay. Remember to bring chargers for your GPS and/or smartphone.
  2. Be sure to include plenty of snacks and water for the trip. Trail mix rocks, protein bars for those moments between meals, bottled water and beef jerkey are no brainers.
  3. Prescriptions: Remember to pack any necessary prescriptions plus over the counter remedies such as pain relievers, immodium, antacids and medicine for motion sickness. Also be sure to include sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and a first aid kit.
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  4. Basic things like tissues, baby wipes, paper towels and hand sanitizer should also be included. Baby wipes are great for helping to keep your hands clean. Take an extra roll of toilet paper in case the rest stops you visit are out of supplies.
  5. Comfortable clothing and a couple of blankets and extra pillows can also make the trip more enjoyable, especially for the children.
  6. Don’t forget to bring your camera and its charger or an extra battery.
  7. A laptop computer or a DVD player will help pass the time for children or teenagers. Make sure you have a charger for each device that will plug into the car’s cigarette lighter. Audio books are also a great thing to bring along.
  8. Board games, a pack of cards and word games (with a dictionary), plus some simple sporting equipment such as a frisbee or a ball to play with at road stops.
  9. It is also smart to bring along an extra set of car and house keys to pack in a separate purse or bag.
  10. Be sure your car is equipped with a roadside emergency kit which includes a flashlight and extra batteries.
  11. BONUS ITEMS: Best way to pack successfully and NOT forget anything is to create your master list first and check items off as you pack. Doesn’t make sense to “wing it”. Be ready for fun! AND, make sure your vehicle registration and drivers licenses are up to date and not ready to expire. It would be a bummer to have an expired ID or tags while on your road trip. If you need to get your title, registration or drivers license up to date, visit an ADOT authorized private, third party motor vehicle services company near you! See Arizona’s only authorized directory at: !!


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