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Some of my favorite family memories (and some of my worst) are from road trips with my family. I can remember once that my mom and grandmother decided to load up all seven grandchildren into my mom’s van and take us to Myrtle Beach. We left at an unsightly hour and took a road trip from Dewitt, Kentucky to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Imagine 2 adults and 7 kids (ages 4-9 years old) in a van for a 8 hour drive, and someone gets car sick. (My own son gets car sick from time to time) We didn’t have anything in the car for motion sickness. The drive was terrible, but thankfully our time in Myrtle Beach was fun and memorable. I remember being so excited to go on road trips with my friends after I passed my driving test! If you haven’t gotten Driving Training Melbourne yet then what are you waiting?! The freedom of being able to go anywhere on a road trip is amazing. I’m sharing a few tips on how to prepare for a road trip including a printable road trip checklist.
Road trips can be fun, but you have to remember to pack certain essentials. We had another car sickness experience whilst on our way to Illinois so I had to search for some hotels in Evanston for us to stay over at. No one wants to be stuck in a car with someone being sick so staying at a hotel was definitely the best option! Luckily I had brought some baby wipes with me but that still didn’t get rid of the smell! I created a list of items that I feel are essential to having a healthy adventure. This list will help you prepare whether you’re cruising the Appalachian Trail, visiting the beaches of Florida, checking out geysers in Yellowstone National Park, or even hitting the strip in Las Vegas; you may not require the same attire for all of those trips, but you’ll definitely need the same basic items.
Who wants a sunburn on the first day of their vacation? or worse a sunburned child? You can do irreparable skin damage and quickly ruin a family vacation. I love this Neutrogena pure & free baby sunscreen. It’s gentle enough for little vacationers.
Band-Aids and Neosporin are also travel musts. They’re great for minor cuts, scrapes, and blisters. I usually purchase the individual packages; I pull a few out of each box and put them in a zipper bag with other first-aid supplies. A gallon of water can serve a dual purpose; You can use clean water for drinking, but it can also help clean abrasions when water isn’t available.
Check out my full list of road trip essentials here. Feel free to click, save, and print the image.
Many of the items are Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials; these products can help make travel easier. You can earn bonus points through the Walgreens Balance Rewards Program by purchasing Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials products.
Walgreens launched Balance Rewards for healthy choices in an attempt to help its 80+ million loyalty cardholders modify behavioral risk factors associated with the most urgent public health issues. You can enroll in Balance Rewards for healthy choices by visiting their site and/or downloading the app for your smartphone. You can earn bonus points for activities such as walking, running, or cycling. Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials product purchases will earn rewards.
Forget an item? Walgreens has stores across most of the United States, you can purchase almost anything you might have forgotten from the list.
I have two final pieces of advice. Stop frequently for bathroom breaks and to stretch your legs. I gave myself (or at least contributed to) a urinary tract infection because I waited to use the restroom and there wasn’t a restroom for many miles. I wound up at an urgent care facility the following day, and on antibiotics for the remainder of my trip. Finally, don’t stress out if your trip doesn’t go as planned. You’re making family memories no matter how successful your vacation might feel to you. Have fun!
Are you road tripping anywhere this summer?