Traveling is one of the most exciting, yet stressful, things people decide to do. Feel comfortable and confident on your next road trip by taking into account some of these tips from Cheap Lock & Key. These tips will help you feel prepared to hit the road morning, day, or night!

1. Travel Essentials for Roadside Emergencies

Is your care equipped with all the necessary travel essentials? Whether you are traveling alone, with a significant other, or your entire family, being prepared with the essentials will relieve you of any roadside emergency issues.

Some of the most essential items everyone should travel with on a road trip include:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares/Flashlights
  • Blankets
  • Extra Water
  • Motion Sickness Tablets
  • Nutrition Bars
  • Spare Tire
  • Small Set of Tools

Bringing local maps of where you are traveling, an extra can of gas, spare set of keys, and back up phone batteries are helpful as well.

2. Schedule a Tune-Up

When was the last time you had an oil change? Tire rotation? Instead of playing guessing games, it is important to have; your vehicle looked over before leaving. Make sure your fluids are checked, oil is changed, and the tire pressure is where it needs to be.

Also, it is a good idea to check and test headlights and turn signals. The more you put into checking your car ahead of time, the less likely you will require roadside assistance while traveling.

3. Get Rest

Prior to hitting the road, you should get plenty of sleep. Sometimes it is hard to sleep before a trip, but driving a car on less than a full night's rest can be dangerous. When possible, share the driving responsibilities with other adults in the party. Stop when you need a break to avoid nodding-off during the drive.

Rest stops are just as important as a good night's sleep! Every hour to ninety minutes is a good rule of thumb for making a stop. This is essential to reduce tension in the car, especially when traveling with small children. In addition, stretching limbs and moving around are always healthy to do!

4. Prepare the Kids

Road trips can be as short as a few hours or as long as several days! Traveling with kids can be hard if you are not prepared. Bring plenty of activities for children to stay occupied and happy. A happy child means less stress and tension on adults while they are driving. Some great car activities for kids include:

  • Coloring Books
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Tablets/I-Pads
  • Portable DVD/CD Players
  • Travel Games (I Spy With My Little Eye)
  • Books
  • Blankets and Pillows (for napping)

5. Bring Snacks

Do not leave home without simple snacks to keep your energy levels up and kids happy! Easy road trip snacks such as individually wrapped cereal bars, granola bars, chips, or trail mix are easy. Bring plenty of water and juice, too.

6. Spare Keys & Contact Information

The most important item to bring with you is a spare key. Whether you attach a magnetic lock box to the bottom of your vehicle or stick your key into your luggage, a spare is essential.

Your keys, both your spare and your regular key, should have contact information attached to them, such as your name and phone number. This will increase the chances of getting your missing keys back, should you lose them while on the road.

Car driver with two keys, one being a spare.

What if you lose both sets of keys, or lock yourself out of the car?

A mobile locksmith can get you back into your car within 20 minutes! Keep a local mobile locksmith on your phone for emergencies. While on the road, find the closest mobile locksmith to your location. They can cut and program your key within minutes and get you back on the road! Remember, if you lost your spare key as well, have your mobile locksmith create two keys so you have another spare while you are traveling!

Following these tips and tricks will have you prepared for your trip and help your travels go as smooth as possible! Before you leave your house, make a checklist and go through it so you leave prepared and ready to hit the road.