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The thought of packing for a road trip can be overwhelming. We have some tips to help you as you begin to plan for a road trip- whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a cross country trek. We even created a packing list to help and took a few photos of our minivan to show you how we pack things when we travel.
Packing for a Road Trip
Before we set out on a road trip, my husband always gives the van a quick inspection. That means he checks the oil, washer fluid, coolant level and tire pressure. And just to be safe, he packs a few tools, jumper cables, extra oil, washer fluid and a tire pressure gauge. These items take up more space than I’d like, but they have come in handy in the past. We keep them stored in a crate in the back of our van.
The glove compartment contains our insurance cards, registration for the van and a first aid kit and any medications we may need in a hurry. I also store a couple plastic bags here too. I pull one out as we begin to accumulate any trash and when we stop for gas we can throw it away. This one step helps to keep our vehicle clean on the road.
I like to keep our electronics handy. That means the GPS, dashcam, and battery charger are all easily accessible in the center console if we need them.
Because we can’t always count on the GPS to get us where we need to go most efficiently, we also keep a current roadside atlas handy. It easily fits in the mesh pocket behind the driver’s seat, so it is easily accessible for the passenger should they need to provide directions.
Because I sometimes work on the road, I like to keep my laptop, notebook and camera handy. They fit easily in a tote on the floor of the passenger seat.
Snacks are kind of a big deal to my husband, so we make sure they are easy to reach. I store them in a tote between the two back seats. I also store a gallon of water in or near the tote.
A smaller tote fits behind the front passenger seat with a blanket, toilet paper or tissues and sanitizing wipes to help clean up messes or spills.
I pack a tumbler with a lid and straw that I can easily refill, rather than packing a bunch of water bottles that need to be thrown away.
My tote also contains wet wipes that have come in handy more times than I can count.
Our luggage and any items that we don’t typically need while we’re driving go into the back of the van.
I picked up some road trip essentials- snacks and gift cards- on a recent trip to Giant Eagle and in the process, I saved a bit of money on both snacks and gas. Do you know Giant Eagle offers the only fuel loyalty program in the Columbus area where you can earn a free tank of gas? How’s that for starting your next road trip off right? Are you curious how I did it? I’ll share.
I shopped at Giant Eagle in Westerville and headed straight for Customer Service where I signed up for the Giant Eagle Advantage Card. This is not a credit card, but instead helps you track and redeem perks more like a loyalty card. I only needed to show my driver’s license and provide my phone number and I was set in minutes and ready to shop.
If you don’t have a Giant Eagle Advantage Card, you can sign up over the phone by calling 1-800-620-0216. If you do have a Giant Eagle Advantage Card and wish to enable the Perks Program, simply visit the Customer Service Center on your next shopping trip or call 1-866-620-0216 to register by phone.
Registering for an Advantage Card also made me eligible for the Perk Program which gives me discounts of up to 20% on groceries, GetGo’s gas, Curbside Express, gift cards and even prescription copays. The best part? YOU choose how you want to apply your discount.
After I made my purchase, the cashier asked if I wanted to use my discount on groceries or gas. Of course, I responded with gas- have you seen the gas prices lately?
I saved 20 cents a gallon today!
With the Perks Program you get More Perks, More Places and More Savings. Learn how the program works and get 100 bonus points by clicking here. The more you shop with Giant Eagle, the more money you’ll save. You can keep track of your perks status on the Giant Eagle new mobile app, available for both iOS and Android devices.
You can learn more about the Perk Program Terms, Conditions and FAQ’s here.
Do you shop at Giant Eagle? Do you participate in the Perks Program with fuelperks+? Are you more interested in saving money on groceries or off gas prices? What items do you consider essential when packing for a road trip?
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