Preparing For A Road Trip

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There is one good thing about living 7 hours away from family and that’s making a road trip out of it. Have you ever felt like getting up and just driving wherever the wind blows you? We have an end destination, but between our home and our final stop the possibilities are endless. Road trips are a lot of fun. I love going to new places and experiencing new things. The last thing you want while away is an unfortunate surprise, so being prepared and planning ahead are a must.

One of the things that worry me while going on a road trip is my car breaking down. My car has over 100,000 miles on it. With proper care my car will last a lot longer but there are things that could leave us stranded. I could have a blow out; I could run out of oil, and etc. First thing I like to do is to make sure my oil is changed. I use Pennzoil® High Mileage. You can get the Pennzoil at $39.88 on Rollback to $35.88 (June 15 – September 28).

I like to go to my local WalMart Auto Center where I can get everything checked off of my list, and I know my car will be taken care of. One less thing to worry about before a road trip the better. While I’m waiting to get my oil changed, and my tire pressure checked; I can shop and get everything I need for the road trip. I am able to save money and time by stopping at one place.






Click here to receive the printable road trip checklist


 How to prepare for your road trip


  • Oil Change
  • Make sure you have windshield washer fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Check air filter
  • Bring a travel size cooler
  • Lunches/Snacks
  • Ice
  • First Aid Kit
  • Four-Way Wrench
  • Jumper Cables
  • Sunshade Visor
  • Phone Chargers
  • Books, music, coloring books, I-Pads, & etc. for entertainment in the car.
  • Clothes, bath and hygiene items
  • Pillows and blankets for the car.
  • Make sure you have cash with you incase of toll roads



5 Essential tips that will save you time and money.


Tip 1: Save money by packing lunches and snacks, drinks, and etc. This can save up to 100 dollars daily depending on your family size.

Tip 2: Save money by uploading the app Gas Buddy. This tells you where you can find the cheapest gas station nearby.

Tip 3: Book your hotel in advance. Proper planning can save a lot of money. Look for discounts. Usually through Priceline, Expedia, and Airbnb, you can find great deals!

Tip 4: Use Groupon for any activities that you may want to do.

Tip 5: Set a daily budget in advance and stick by that.



Here is a picture of our car all packed.






The extra time spent planning and packing was well worth it and made me feel at ease. We were able to enjoy our trip without having to worry about our car or forgetting something. Check out a couple of pictures from our trip.


The picture above is a bridge in Waco, Tx


West Texas sunrises are gorgeous!




Thanks for reading,

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I am a mother and a wife. I love fashion, drinking wine or beer, being with family and friends, I love to travel, I enjoy the outdoors, and a bunch more. I love sharing my journey through this blog. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. We live ~7 hours from our closest family, too…good reminder to stop and enjoy the trip whenever we drive back home! And thanks for the roadtrip prep reminders, too! #client

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