Half of all U.S. adults will take at least one weekend getaway this year, according to a Harris poll commissioned by Ford. Are you one of them? We’re definitely down for a quick roadtrip, but after all the planning, packing and driving, 48 hours can seem like seconds. We talked to Julie Morgenstern, an organizational pro and author, to get tips to make your weekend escape as smooth-sailing and relaxing as possible.
Here’s what you need to do before taking your car for a ride:
1. Always be prepared: Keep these things in your vehicle in case of emergencies:
- Tools and a spare tire
- Phone/iPod charger
- Travel information (reservation documents, maps)
- Change/dollar bills for parking and tolls
- A small medical kit (band-aids, aspirin, Neosporin)
2. Snack smart: Bringing healthy snacks will help you save money and eat well on the go. A cooler or insulated bag will help keep fruit and vegetable slices fresh. Non-perishable foods like nuts and energy bars are also good for on-the-go eating.
3. Log on: Use programs like SYNC and MyFord Touch to input rest stop destinations — food, bathrooms, landmarks — into your navigation system. Ford’s innovative technology lets you find hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations, visitor centers, with more than 14 million businesses in the directory. “It’s best to plan to stop every one and a half hours to stretch and change scenery,” says Morgenstern.
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