Before you leave the driveway this winter, be sure your car, minivan, SUV, or pickup truck is packed with the essential items you’ll likely need. Trust us: preparation saves headache down the road (pun intended).

  • Aspirin
  • Nausea/motion sickness medicine
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • DVD player
  • Phone chargers
  • Sunglasses
  • Small pillows and blankets
  • Books or magazines

Travel Games

After staring out the windshield for hours on end (or worse, at the back of a headrest), games become a matter of necessity. Here are some games we recommend for your holiday road trip:

Classic Travel Game

Game Apps

Holiday Travel Snacks

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A few minutes into every road trip, a statement is issued by some poor soul in the car: “I’m hungry.”

To fight this oh-so-common holiday travel travesty, be sure to have your  vehicle packed with snacks for the ride. Here are a few car-friendly bites we  recommend:

  • Trail mix (party mix, chex mix)
  • Dried fruit (craisins)
  • Candied nuts
  • Coffee
  • Coconut water/Gatorade (something electrolyte-heavy)
  • Fruit
  • Sugar
  • York Patties
  • Coconut macaroons (high in fat, hold you over longer)
  • Gummy bears
  • Sandwiches
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Beef jerky
  • Popcorn
  • Travel-size yogurt

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Holiday Travel Tunes

A holiday road trip isn’t complete without a chorus of Winter Wonderland and your dad belting “Fa-la-la-la” Clark Griswold style. Check out these three festive Spotify playlists that are sure to get your minivan a jingle bell rockin’.


Safety Tips

When setting out on a holiday road trip, it’s always important to keep safety in mind, especially if winter weather could be a factor. Here are some suggestions from our team:

  • Have someone else be the navigator and DJ while driving.
  • Have your vehicle serviced before a long drive.
    • Prepare for winter weather.
    • Make sure you have tires that perform well on ice and snow.
    • Plenty of antifreeze.
    • Make sure windshield wipers are working.
    • Put extra weight on your rear axle, especially if driving a pickup truck. (Cinder blocks or bags of salt work well for this.)
  • Brush up on weird state driving laws of states you’re passing through
    • i.e. Michigan you can’t turn left, etc.
  • Train teen drivers in the ways of winter driving if they are helping out on the road.
  • Consider taking a refresher course online that covers:
    • Defensive driving
    • Proper stopping
    • Following distance
    • How to not spin out/ fish-tail
    • Pack blankets, flashlights, matches, snacks, a first aid kit, and water bottles in your car in case you get stuck.
  • Make sure your glove compartment is stocked with the essentials:
    • Proof of insurance
    • Registration
    • Maps
    • Owner’s manual
    • Flashlight
    • Batteries
    • Cash
  • Get a AAA membership.
  • Make sure your navigation system is in place and working properly.
    • If using your phone, make sure you have the proper audio hookup, etc.