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Road Trip Essentials for Summer 2020

We understand that a lot of the logistics for your upcoming summer vacation will be quite different this year (if you have chosen to go on vacation at all). We’re here to help you navigate your travel options and offer tips during this strange and uncertain time.

This summer, many families are opting to go on road trips rather than flying. The thought of getting on a crowded plane full of strangers is still pretty scary and unsafe for many of us right now. In a National Geographic poll, only 2% of 2,200 Americans said they’d be willing to get on a plane right now. Also, with gas prices at multi-year lows, the all-American road trip is now a much cheaper option. As many areas are lifting stay-at-home orders, many families are ready for a getaway; the cabin fever is real, y’all. We want to remind you that we aren’t quite out of the woods yet, and it is just as important as it was two or three months ago to keep using precautions.

We also know very well that road trips with the whole family can be tough, especially when you have little ones. Now, with all of the extra safety precautions we need to take, it becomes even more of a challenge. Don’t fret, though. The key to a successful road trip boils down to one thing: preparation. Without further ado, here are your summer 2020 road trip essentials.

For the less than sanitary rest stops:

Okay, we always dread the often less-than-sanitary bathrooms on road trips...and with kiddos it seems like we are always stopping for bathroom breaks. During this time we’d hope for the bathrooms to be a bit cleaner, but that’s obviously not always the case. Make sure you bring the following specifically for rest stops.

  • Antibacterial wipes

  • Disposable gloves

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Reusable/washable face masks (and learn how to make your own here)

To minimize the number of stops:

As we said before, it’s kind of inevitable to make several stops while you’re taking a road trip with kids. Let’s try to keep those stops to a minimum though. Prevent unnecessary stops by bringing the following:

  • Reusable water bottles and a jug (or however much you need) of filtered water for refills

  • Snacks. Snacks. Snacks! “Moooom... I’m hungry.”

  • Portable car chargers

And some bonus tips:

  • Use the drive-through when possible and avoid dine-in (and please try to support small businesses)

  • To limit interaction, pay with card not cash (and make sure to notify your bank or credit card company that you will be traveling beforehand)

  • Wipe down hotel door handles

Oh, and don’t forget to buy your Shark OFF shark repellent jewelry before you hit the road. We want to help you Lose the Fear and Love the Ocean.

We hope you found these tips helpful for your upcoming road trip during this unprecedented time. Right now, it looks like road trips are a much safer (and more affordable) option. As always, stay safe and have a blast. Enjoy that family quality time!

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