Getting everyone there safe is the goal when you’re traveling around this holiday season. The road may be long and the conditions treacherous, but if you’re out on a big road trip this Thanksgiving, here are 10 tips to make sure you and your brood have a great time.
Know your terrain: So you’re going to your brothers new home in Calumet, Michigan where his girlfriend is cooking their first Latin Thanksgiving. The problem is you’ve never been to Calumet, Michigan before; you’ve lived your whole life in West Ashley, South Carolina. Know the terrain because even though its 20 hrs in the car, the last Thursday in November in both spots is a world away otherwise.
Pack for a blizzard: So yes, wherever you go in the northern United States, there could very well be a blizzard. If you’re heading south you can shed your clothes but the euphemism still applies. Prepare for the worst even if you do expect the best.
EZ Pass: This EZ Pass (1) thing is a real bugger. If you’re going into traffic especially around Thanksgiving you’re going to be dealing with some major congestion at the toll roads. Do yourself a favor and get that EZ Pass early and you’ll be breezing through all the tolls which accept that same technology.
Mobile Movies: Smartphones are a great invention. For a short car trip you can plug the kids in to a movie and they can be totally preoccupied. You can even put headphones on them so you don’t need to listen to Raffi or Sponge Bob.
Tunes: CD’s, I-Pod, Thumb Drive, cassette deck – whatever music powers your car, keep it in steady supply for your road trip. My brother can literally plug a thumb drive into his dashboard and he’s got his whole digital music library at his fingertips. It’s the way of the future.
Leftovers: Keep some Tupperware around and you could be the lucky dog going home with leftover. Leave your Tupperware at home and you’ll be saying ‘I wish I’d brought my Tupperware!’
Efficient vs. Scenic: Depending on how far you’re traveling you could be in a time crunch. If you are in a time crunch make sure you map out the most efficient route. If you’ve got some extra time you might want to take the family on a scenic tour of the old country. You could couple entertainment with your travel!
Pictures: Take plenty of pictures. We’ve all got digital cameras or cameras in our phones. These are the memories which can last a lifetime. On Facebook (2). And now Twitter (3).
Bring the Wine: Don’t show up empty handed! Bring some wine! Or pie! Or whatever! Make sure you work this out with your Thanksgiving Day host and be amenable. Hosting Thanksgiving isn’t easy. If they need someone to run out to the market, do it already!
Designated Driver: Of course make sure to be safe. If this Thanksgiving Day trip is a one day affair make sure you’ve got a designated driver. Arriving safely is the most important thing. Arriving home safely is equally so.