When traveling with family on the open road, these hacks just might save the day.
Today’s guest post comes to us from Rachael Everly, and she writes on the topic of 7 hacks for turning your SUV road trip into a fun adventure and brings some really cool ideas to the table when it comes to traveling on the open road. From using an pool inflatable to a binder and rubber band, she explores some of the ways to make the long trip ahead both relaxing and enjoyable.
Thank you for the great guest post article, Rachel.
7 hacks for turning your SUV road trip into a fun adventure
In possibly every road trip, regardless of the amount of fun you’re having, there comes that harrowing moment where you ask yourself (or you just say it out loud): “Are we there yet?!”. These SUV hacks, however, will help you avoid entering that zone.
If you’re someone who has driven for more than 2-3 hours per stretch, then you absolutely know that road trips aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. Once the charm starts to dissipate, there is no going back until you’ve restocked on food and your kids have stopped kicking the back of your seat and fallen asleep.
Here are 7 hacks that are guaranteed to make even the most extended, most challenging SUV road trips not seem like a burden.
- DIY TV monitor
I’m starting with my personal favorite which I’m sure will definitely switch that hypothetical light bulb on: a DIY TV monitor.
It goes without saying that a certain degree of precaution will need to be exercised, but this is nothing short of the best way to give your kids a chance to enjoy the ride. Plus, you won’t have to miss out on your favorite show, and it’s a much better resort as compared to music which starts to play with your mood after the first hour and a half.
- Invest in a car cooler
You might be pushing your pocket’s boundaries a bit, but this is the kind of contraption that becomes a blessing when you really need that cold beverage sting to keep yourself wide awake. Keep your snacks and beverages preserved with a mini cooler, so that warm drinks will not be gnawing your weary mind during a long drive.
- DIY Phone Holder
This is definitely going to make even the most inexperienced of road trip drivers look like absolute pros that thought out their journey. What we’re basically showing you here is a DIY smartphone/GPS holder made with the help of a rubber band and binder clip. Stay on track with the help of Maps and never miss out on a notification.
- Download the Best Travel Apps
Keep yourself updated and economical throughout the road trip with an app like Gas Buddy. This essentially guides you throughout the route as to where you can get the lowest gas prices, how far the nearest gas station is and even report gas prices so that everyone else can save money too.
- Inflatable Pool Raft can be a Life Saver
Get an inflatable pool raft so that you get the sleep you deserve after a long drive. This is also a pretty nifty option for couples as well as kids that want to sleep comfortably in the back without compromising on space. It just makes you want to look forward to sleeping, doesn’t it?
- Invest in Secure Containers
Security is a primary concern, and this is nothing but a measure towards making your adventure memorable. Stash your cash and cards in cases that don’t attract any attention whatsoever like a pill container or get one of those deceptive containers that look like something ordinary on the outside but are ‘safe’ on the inside to keep your belongings secure.
- A Handy Trash Can
Turn that plastic cereal container into a no-spill trash can. It’s definitely worth it.
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