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Hitting the open road for summer adventures is a Canadian tradition for many. Whether you are planning a cross-country road trip or simply heading to cottage country, there are some key car essentials to consider before heading out. As an automotive expert and avid road tripper, I’ve learned some tips and tricks on how to make the most out of summer road adventures. And though getting road-trip ready may require a few purchases, you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money getting prepped – shopping eBay.ca gives you unparalleled range of choice and value for your different needs, wants and budgets, plus a Daily Deals program and Best Price Guarantee, so it could quickly become your one-stop shop for road trip essentials.
Here are my top summer road trip tips and product must-haves that will help you maximize your vacation fun while staying safe on the roads.
Summer Road Refresh
Canadians think about tuning up their car before the winter season but giving it a simple summer refresh before hitting the hot pavement will help ensure smooth sailing. Consider visiting a mechanic for a once over to make sure fluids are topped and your battery is fully charged. I also suggest using your own scanner/diagnostic tool to assess any problems even before you head to the mechanic so you aren’t hit with any unpleasant surprises or costs during your visit.
Before you leave the driveway, make sure to pack essential safety items so you’re prepared for any bump in the road. While we all know the basic necessities like a spare blanket, first aid kit and flashlight, also consider items like a jumper power charging battery, so you’re never stuck worrying about a dead phone or jumper.
For the extra-long hauls, bring along some fun gadgets and games to keep passengers from asking “are we there yet?”. iPads and other tablets are a great way to keep busy on the road, but for some unplugged fun this summer, I highly recommend road trip bingo – a fun way to entertain all passengers on your journey.
Don’t Forget the Furry Friends
Traveling with pets is totally possible if you prepare in advance. Ensure your furry friends are safe and comfortable by packing plenty of water, stopping every few hours for potty breaks or walks and keep them buckled in with a seatbelt harness.
Organization is Key
It’s important to keep your car organized to avoid clutter and any potential hazards, especially if you’re on the road for an extended period of time. Plus, the more organized you are, the more room you have for luggage! Consider trunk and glove compartment organizers, in-car waste disposal bags and tech caddy to keep track of your small gadgets.
Being well-prepared for your next summer trip ensures your vacation starts on the right foot, so be sure to take some time to consider your car must-haves that will keep you and your travel companions comfortable and safe on the open road. Happy travels!