Road trips have become a Canadian staple amongst families and friends across the country. If you are planning on hitting the open road this spring or summer, make sure you are well-prepared. Everything from uploading your favorite tunes to having the right tire pressure for your vehicle; here are our top 5 tips for spring and summer road trips.
1. Make a Checklist
For the Type A personalities out there, this one is a no brainer, but a checklist is something everyone should make a priority. There is nothing worse than being on the road and realizing you forgot something. Take the time to think about everything you will need to do in preparation for your road trip. Include things like getting your vehicle inspected to confirm everything is running properly.
2. Bring An Emergency Kit
Keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle can help to avoid potential problems for the duration of the trip. It is a good idea to include things like a first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, jumper cables, and a car charger for your phone. Additionally, it is recommended to have a spare blanket, change of clothes and shoes, rain jackets or ponchos, water, and non-perishable food items like granola bars or trail mix.
3. Don’t Forget Your Travel Gear
With Google Maps, Siri, and GPS now available, we have easy access to determine where we are going. That said, we have all experienced that terrifying moment when we are disconnected from the world and our phone has “no service.” Purchase a paper map and throw it in your vehicle should you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
Update the apps on your smartphone and make sure you have current maps uploaded to your GPS. Depart with fully charged electronic devices in the event you are delayed or won’t be stopping for an extended period of time. To keep the kids in the backseat occupied, don’t forget the portable DVD player.
4. Plan Your Route in Advance
Spring and summer are primetime road construction seasons. Research the route you want to take to avoid any unnecessary detours or delays. Be a little adventurous and plan for a different route coming back to maximize the experience.
5. Secure Your Home
Inform a friend or family member of your road trip and provide them with your itinerary. It’s important to make sure your house doesn’t look deserted. Have someone remove your mail and any flyers. You can also put a hold on your newspaper delivery while you are away. Leave a light on that is visible to passersby and set your alarm.
On your spring or summer road trip, be sure to stop into one of our many Prestige Hotels & Resorts locations throughout BC including the Okanagan Valley, Kootenay Rockies, Vancouver Island, and now in Northern BC!