Before you hit the road, have your mechanic take a look at your vehicle to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. The last thing you want to happen is be stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck when you could be reaching your vacation destination. Check the fluid levels, brakes, tires and anything else that could cause you problems on the road. You also want to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated and that you have a jack and jumper cables on hand.
2. Make Sure Your Documents Are Handy.
In the event you get pulled over on your road trip, you'll want to have your documents handy. Make sure your auto insurance is up-to-date and your latest cards are in your glove box or center console, where you can easily get to them if needed. You also want to make sure you have your license in your wallet and that your vehicle registration is also up-to-date. Driving around with expired license plates is not a good idea. In addition, you may want to clear up any old traffic tickets before you head out.
3. Pack an Emergency Kit.
You never know when you'll end up in an emergency situation. Be prepared for whatever your road trip may throw at you, from a flat tire to horrible weather conditions. Traveling with the right necessities is key. Include in your kit: maps, flashlights, an emergency blanket, rain ponchos, hand warmers, bandages, gauze, ointment for cuts, aspirin, a thermometer and 3 days worth of water and food. While some of these items may not apply to a short, summer road trip, it's always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
4. Bring Some Entertainment Options (Especially If You Have Kids).
Pre-load your electronics with plenty of entertainment options. For you, maybe that's a new playlist of your favorite songs or some podcasts you've been wanting to listen to, but never find the time. For the kids, that could be downloaded Netflix movies or shows and some new games from the App store. Make sure you have something to keep everyone entertained so they don't get bored and grouchy.
When you're not flying, it's easier to over pack. Make sure you don't overload your vehicle, as you may come across some things on your road trip that you want to bring back with you. You also don't want to be crammed into a car with no extra room to move around. You want to make your space as comfortable as possible for the long drive ahead.
6. Carry Some Cash for Tolls.
The Kansas Expressway and other toll roads can easily pop up out of nowhere. It's always a good idea to carry some cash on you for unexpected expenses such as these. You also never know when technology will present issues and you wished you had some cash on you. Run through the ATM before hitting the road and heading to the Lake, you'll thank us later!
7. Map Your Route Ahead of Time.
Unless you have no timeline on when you have to arrive somewhere, it's best to do a little pre-planning before you hit the road. You want to have a general idea of how to get where you're going. While having a GPS is great, you don't want to rely solely on technology. Be sure to bring maps with you as well in case of technical difficulties. It's okay to get off route and check out that place you saw a billboard for, but you'll be less stressed if you have the slightest idea of where you're going.
After the drive, you're going to need a place to crash for the weekend, or the week, and Summerset Inn Resort has you covered. From efficiency units to larger condo-like units, we've got some of the best accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks. Book your reservations today by calling 573-348-5073.
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