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How To Prepare For A Road Trip

By Dinara Parker

Preparing for a road trip can be both tedious and fun. It is fun if you know exactly what to bring and can be tedious if you’re confused about the whole thing. To make your trip more enjoyable, it’s always best to pack light. Bringing everything can make things difficult for you and ruin your adventure. Who needs a road trip anyway if all you’ll be doing is carrying a lot of big bags? To help you prepare, here are a few pointers:

First, select the smallest possible bag and attempt to bring only necessary items along. A backpack will be perfect, especially if you plan on doing a lot of walking on your trip. Packing clothes in plastic bags and packing shoes facing each other toe to heel in a different bag can keep moisture out. Make sure to pack an empty bag for dirty laundry.

There is no need to pack your entire bathroom. If you can, take smaller versions of soap, shampoo and toothpaste because they take up far less space.

If you check in a hotel, use any free stuff you can find. Get all the shampoo and soap there for later use. If you’re living at a friend’s house, fill your small bottles with stuff you can use later. Be sure to ask permission first.

Take along food and snacks. However, only pack what you will need from the time you leave until the time you stop first along your journey. You can save money by packing items that can be easily prepared with hot water.

If you’re taking your car along, bring a spare set of car keys that you can give to your traveling companion or pack in your luggage if you’re going alone. That way, you won’t panic in case you misplace them. To protect your eyes from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun while traveling, use a good pair of sunglasses.

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Parker, Dinara "How To Prepare For A Road Trip." How To Prepare For A Road Trip. 11 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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Parker, D (2010, July 11). How To Prepare For A Road Trip. Retrieved August 4, 2014, from

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Parker, Dinara "How To Prepare For A Road Trip"

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