If you’ve been a regular here at One Crazy House, I’m sure you’ve become accustomed to our lists of hacks. Well, with the busiest travel days upon us, we figured it’s time to get prepared with a few road trip hacks & tips. For more travel tips, make sure to check out 28 Traveling Tips to Make Your Next Trip a Breeze, it’s full of incredible tips and tricks.
14 Road Trip Hacks & Tips You’ll Love
Road trips are part of growing up, it truly is. Personally, I was born and raised on an island so my version of a road trip, well…let’s just say it was limited. When my husband and I first moved up to the mainland, the Continental U.S., planning our first road trip together was interesting. Being in Arizona, we decided to drive to Vegas, Los Angeles, and a couple other places. Two kids later and we’ve racked up countless miles on the road.
So how do we maintain our sanity? Well, here are some of my favorite road trip hacks and tips that we live by. Hope you enjoy!
Stay Clean and Organized
Getting mud in the floor, or crumbs or all. the. things. is one of the things that both decreases the cleanliness of the vehicle, but also decreases the value! But typical car floor mats don’t always fit or offer the coverage AND STYLE that we know you want!!
Outdoor-front doormats to the rescue! They are easy to cut with a utility knife. And you have custom and stylish car mats, that truly work.
Another genius tip we have to help you make the most of your trunk space is to use bins, totes and a shower curtain to help make “sections” of organization. Your trunk becomes usable when it’s not a pile of items bouncing around. This allows you to put the items you need but not all the time, towards the back of your trunk freeing up the easy-to-access space.
This is by far THE MOST IMPORTANT section. Nothing can derail your road trip plan faster than an unexpected mishap. Although we don’t have control over everything, we have to do our best to take preventative measures.
Before you hit the road, make sure to get your tires checked and your vehicle inspected. You don’t need any surprises along the way if you can avoid them. There are many tire shops that are willing to do an inspection for free, so there’s no excuse not to take this preventative measure.
When renting a vehicle, make sure your auto insurance transfers over to the rental car. Some insurance policies won’t cover them unless it’s being used as a replacement vehicle, while your insured car is being repaired.
Map out your route ahead of time and double check for road work & possible closures. If you’re rocking an older GPS, it may not have LIVE updates. So taking this extra step may save you from a massive headache later.
All in a Days Work blog has some helpful winter car hack tips if you’re dealing with snow. I’ve never had to deal with snow myself, but these hacks sound GENIUS!
Traveling with Littles
First, I have to share this Kids Travel Kit Binder from Living Well Mom. My littles have their own Kindle Fires, but getting them unplugged is important too. It’s full of free printables and extremely easy to put together.
I thought this cleaning hack from Lemon Lime Adventures was hilarious! But, it makes complete sense. If the kiddos are snacking then crumbs are inevitable. Now, they can clean it up too!
Do you have a tween or teen? Have them check out YouTuber Sunny and her show Life Hacks for Kids.
We first featured this travel hack in 15 Clever Ways to Organize the Car, but it’s so good we had to re-share it. Neat Nest Organizing originally wrote about using Post-It Notes for something special.
This next idea from Kids Activity Blog would be PERFECT for my son since he is completely obsessed with clips and zippers. Check out their tutorial for this DIY Clipping Toy.
Budget-Friendly…Need I Say More?
Skip the fancy cell phone mounts, Mama Say What has a brilliant hack to get your phone mounted, while staying cool.
Eating out along the way can be very expensive, especially if you have the whole family. When I read How to Pack Real Food for Road Trips by Create/Enjoy, I may have fallen in love a little. Finally, a way to bring real meals along with you!
Keep the car trash free with a DIY car trash can made from dollar store finds. In fact, I think one of the items was free, so the whole project may have cost a whopping $1.00! Thanks, A Bird and a Bean!
There’s no need to stop for snacks along the way, it adds up real quick! Organizing Made Fun has a few incredible ways to pack on your road trip, including storing snacks from home.
Get better gas mileage by using your cruise control feature and making sure your tires are inflated at the optimal PSI. I know it’s tempting to get to your destination faster, but keeping a steady pace will save you from filling up more frequently.
I hope you found a few helpful ideas for your next family road trip. No matter what chaos may occur, remember you’re making memories. They might not always seem fun at the time, but they will always be memorable. Happy travels!
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