Hacks that make you feel like home on a Road Trip
With the many long weekends lined up in the coming months, it’s the perfect time to start planning for a road trip. Whether it’s a short overnight trip or a longer vacation, these simple tips and hacks will make your journey much easier.
1) Bring a multi-port USB car charger and USB cables. There is nothing worse than discharged phones/tablets when you are on the road, especially when your maps and entertainment are on them. Having USB Cables helps you charge your electronics on Power Banks and then charge your Power banks while you are in the car.
2) Hang a tablet behind the driver’s seat or the car’s sun visor for a makeshift TV monitor. This is bound to stop all arguments on who gets screen time on the tablet.
3) Use cling wrap to create a makeshift lid for your glasses to avoid spillage in the car. This is especially helpful when you are carrying homemade drinks or larger bottles of drinks, which need to be poured into individual glasses.
4) Take a cereal container or any other large kitchen container and add a trash can liner/shopping bag. It makes for the best DIY Trash can and can be kept in a central part of the car to make sure everyone throws their trash into it.
5) Start your trip with a full tank of fuel and make it a habit to fill up at the ½ level rather than letting it run down to reserve. You can make a note of the Petrol Pumps on your route on ScoutMyTrip. It is definitely better than getting stranded with an empty tank.
6) Keep some loose change at hand to pay tolls and at smaller roadside stalls. Although more and more shops are now operating through cashless means, it helps to have cash for emergencies, especially when you may not be able withdraw cash from ATMs everywhere.
7) Pack a bag with napkins, paper plates and plastic silverware to make eating on the go easy and less messy. This is especially helpful when travelling with kids and when you are carrying snacks/food from home.
8) Carry your creams, lotions and primers in Contact lens cases. That way you do not need to carry multiple small travel size packs. You could simply pour some from the larger bottles at home. The same hack can also be used to carry condiments in small quantities for children.
9) A lot of car companies now provide roadside assistance and there are always repair shops along the Indian highways. However, it never hurts to know how to change tires.
10) Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat to store the things you may need during the trip at hand.
11) Keep shower caps handy in the car, to cover shoes when you enter the car. This helps when you walk through different terrains during your journey and do not always want to carry those terrains to the mats in your car.
12) Use Cupcake liners at the bottom on the cup holder to keep them free from crumbs and sticky stuff. Simply change the liners when they get grubby or soggy from cold drinks.