October 29, 2014 3:42 am
The great American road trip has been immortalized in pop culture through iconic scenes from movies like National Lampoon's Vacation, Little Miss Sunshine, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. While those movies are great for laughs, you might not want to live through some of the stressful moments during your real life road trip.
Before hitting the road, stock up on these travel essentials.
1. Emergency accessories. The average distance for travelers from home to the destination of their next holiday trip is 760 miles. Traffic and winter weather will likely play a role in planning your journey, so outfit your vehicle with an emergency kit, tools for jumpstarting a dead car, and a portable crank radio.
2. Navigation tools. A third of holiday road travelers cite traffic as the most stressful aspect when thinking about their next trip. Invest in a GPS unit or extra data on your smartphone to arrive at your destination in a timely manner.
3. Entertainment. Three in 10 holiday road trips will include children under the age of 18, so expect fights over backseat boundaries if they get bored. Keep tablets and phones powered up with portable charging accessories and headphones.
4. Home security. While traveling, feel confident that your home is secure and energy-efficient with home automation technology, like smartphone software and cameras.
Published with permission from RISMedia.