Summer Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



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There’s nothing I love more than travelling! I especially love taking road trips. Even on the weekends we pack up in the car and just drive, sometimes even without a destination in mind! It’s something my husband and I have always loved to do, and now we include our son in our fun road trip adventures!

We have quite a few fun trips planned this summer, so I thought I would put together a list of of my favourite tips to get road trip ready!



1. Get your Road Trip Playlist Ready



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



I hate it when I get into the car and my husband asks for a certain song that I don’t have, or I can’t download the songs I want because of spotty internet service. Before I leave I download everything I need to keep the music going on our trip so we aren’t worried about losing radio stations as we travel.



2. Get Those Snacks Packed and Nearby



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



Having a child in the car makes this one VERY important! I always keep a separate bag of snacks in the front of the car ready to go. There have been so many times I’ve had the snacks packed away in the trunk which is no help at all, so I keep a small bag of goodies to snack on as we go.



3. Road Trip Worthy Outfit



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



I always wear layers in the car. No matter what the weather (even in the snow) I usually have the AC on, so layers are so important. I have so many comfy cotton long sleeved t-shirts that are light enough for a road trip, and comfy cut off shorts and a pair of sandals are comfortable to go long distances in the car.



4. Keeping your Car Maintenance up to Date



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



The worst thing that could happen during a road trip is your vehicle not being able to make the trip! We always keep up on our car maintenance, but especially prior to a road trip we make sure to step up our car maintenance.

Before our latest trip where we went on a “glamping trip” in Norfolk County, we headed to Canadian Tire to pick up Quaker State® Ultimate Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil.

Canadian Tire is where we stop for anything we need for our cars, and for so many things we need to pick up for our home as well. Their tag line “Made for Life in Canada” is pretty accurate for our family.

I picked up my Quaker State® Ultimate Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil at my local Canadian Tire store.



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove


Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



Prior to leaving for a road trip we either change the oil in our vehicle, or we top up the oil. Quaker State® oil at Canadian Tire is at a great price so we don’t mind keeping up with our oil changes!

With all of the stop and go traffic, hot temperatures and hundreds of kilometres with a road trip, it’s so important to have a good motor oil, and this Quaker State® oil provides twice the wear protection of the industry standard throughout it’s life, so we make sure to change our oil with it before we head onto the road.

My hubby actually taught me how to change my oil in a pinch! He taught me how to find the drain plug, then remove the plug from the oil reservoir. Next up how to drain the oil into an oil pan, and then changing the filter so I could then putting the drain plug back and and fill the engine with the fresh oil. Pretty straightforward, and a great way to get your car ready for a road trip!



5. Keeping Children Occupied


Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove


Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



I basically carry a small backpack for my son wherever we go! To be more specific, I have HIM carry around a backpack wherever we go, and it’s filled with activities and toys for him to play with when we are on the go.

For a road trip this is essential to us making it to our destination. I always pack cars, crayons, games and books to keep my son occupied.



6. Pre-Plan Your Route



Road Trip Tips from sparkleshinylove



I’ve been guilty of just hopping into the car and looking up our route as we are already driving, and I can tell you that this is not the best idea! It’s important to know (especially with a child in the car) where to take washroom breaks on the way to our final stop, and which way is either the quickest, or has the most interesting stops along the way.

My GPS is great for showing me how to avoid traffic, but sometimes I love printing out a map and circling stops I want to take along our way to make our trip even more fun.

I hope you can put some of these tips to good use for your own upcoming road trip! If you have any other great tips for a road trip, please let me know what they are in the comments.








  1. July 25, 2017 / 2:35 am

    These are such great tips! It’s so important to do a little prep ahead of time so that the road trip is smooth sailing. Doing your own oil change is so quick and easy and gives me peace of mind on the road. #client

  2. August 26, 2017 / 11:24 am

    All the tips you have mentioned here are really convenient and worthwhile. I would like to tell that summer car care should be our top most preference while arranging a trip during summer vacations. Because we mostly take car as the medium of transportation and if it is not ready, then our trip won’t be intoxicating as it is expected to be. Because vigorous heat and long distance will impose various tough challenges in front car and if the car is not well prepared, then it can not handle those challenges satisfactorily. Sometimes also it may leave stranded on the road side. Hence, we should give our car the much needed summer care by taking the help of a professional in order to make our journey thrilling and trouble free.

  3. October 27, 2017 / 4:39 am

    I love road trips! This is perfect for me.

    • Roxymandy
      October 31, 2017 / 3:11 am

      Thank you!

  4. April 18, 2018 / 11:59 am

    I agree that prior to the leaving for a road trip, inspection of different components along with different types of fluids used in the vehicle is really essential. By doing such types of inspection, we could identify abnormal components of the vehicle and repair such vehicles in time. Motor oil plays important role by reducing the friction among different components of the vehicle and also absorbs considerable amount of heat energy generated by the engine. Lack of such fluid could affect the performance of the vehicle in a very adverse way.

  5. September 3, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    As the temperature rises, many people start planning to go on an expedition. But the actuality is usually far less scholastic. Many outings are nothing more than just a faulty air conditioning and cramped back seats. And if I am not wrong, I think the most probable cause of road trip failure is many vehicle owners go without proper road trip protocols. Thus, one has to check his tires, inspect his brake pads, check the battery and clean its terminals, keep the summer survival kit handy and schedule a checkup at a reputable auto repair shop to beat the heat of summer filled with distressed road combatants.

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