3 Ideas for Your Winter Road Trip Checklist

Whether you’re headed to the mountains to hit the slopes or to visit family for the holidays, winter road trips are a great opportunity for a vacation that keeps you away from the hustle and bustle of airports. But to keep your passengers safe and happy, you’ll want to prepare your vehicle for potentially harsh winter elements.

But road trips are also meant to be fun, so you’ll want to plan your route and stops, and bring along essential entertainment and snacks. Below is your winter road trip checklist for a successful and memorable getaway.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Start by scheduling a vehicle inspection with your local mechanic, or doing it yourself at home by checking all the loose ends. Make sure all the fluid levels, including oil, coolant, and brake fluid, are checked and replaced or refilled when necessary. Recruit someone who will check to make sure all your lights and signals are working, as you test everyone. Replace any bulbs or fuses to ensure your safety on the road.

Since you’ll be driving in winter conditions, you’ll want to ensure your tires are equipped to handle the snow, ice, and other harsh seasonal conditions. Consider equipping your vehicle with winter tires and storing your all-season tires for better performance in other conditions. Some of the best winter tires include the Yokohama iceGUARD iG5lv, Goodyear Ultra Grip, and Bridgestone Blizzak WS80.

Likewise, you might also want to invest in tire storage totes or a tire garage to store your all-season tires during your road trip. No matter how mild or harsh the winter conditions may be, purchase tire chains to ensure easy-to-use, dependable traction. With the different sizes and styles, Tirebuyer offers, you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your vehicle. Plus, if you’re unsure, you can always give one of their experts a call.

Plan Your Pitstops

You’ll also want to take the time to plan out a few bathrooms and rest stops. This allows all your travelers to stretch their legs, grab a snack and, of course, use the restroom. With MyScenicDrives, you can plan your stops, search recommendations, and discover a manageable and efficient route for your trip.

If your road trip will be longer than a week, use MyScenicDrives to find accommodations, ranging from Hotels and motels to hostels and campgrounds. You’ll be sure to find somewhere that fits your needs and budget. When your trip is all planned, combine your route, stops, and accommodations in one, easy-to-share road trip checklist.

Provide Plenty of Entertainment

Entertainment should be a high priority, especially if you’re traveling with children. As such, have a list of road trip games ready to be played both by children and adults. Instead of stopping for strictly restroom breaks, plan to stop at tourist attractions, parks, or monuments that will give everyone something to take their mind off the long journey ahead.

If your passengers are into technology, come prepared with iPads, portable DVD players, and games that will keep them occupied and amused. Always remember to pack snacks that will feed their hunger and boredom. When possible, stick to healthy snacks, like fruits, vegetables, crackers, peanut butter sandwiches, and popcorn to keep your passengers from having sugar highs and crashes.


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