For many families, taking trips to Disneyland or Disney World are a rite of passage. But staying safe when you’re on a road trip to the Happiest Place on Earth is just as crucial as making memories. If you’re embarking on a long drive for your upcoming vacation, consider these tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones, courtesy of For the Love of the Mouse.
Protect Your Home While You’re Gone
Vacations are often a dangerous time for your home, if only because it’s left unattended. If you’re heading out of town, the best solution is to have someone stay at your home in your absence.
An alternative is to set up security cameras before you leave. But experts also recommend keeping your travel plans under wraps. Posting on social media can publicize your travel itinerary, meaning unsavory types might know when you won’t be home (or where you’re headed).
Prep a Just-in-Case Kit
No motorist expects to be stranded on the side of the road. And yet, somehow, it always seems to happen at the worst time. Whether there’s rain, snow, or just bumper-to-bumper traffic, having a few essentials in your vehicle during your road trip can be a lifesaver (sometimes literally).
Consider adding these items to your must-have box or bag for the backseat or trunk:
- Jumper cables (and even a portable jump-starter)
- A flashlight and spare batteries
- A reflective vest and gloves for roadside repairs
- Emergency blankets to keep warm
- Bottled water – enough for everyone in the car
- Shelf-stable food items like granola bars and pop-top canned foods
Outfitting an emergency roadside kit can add up, but you can save on these necessities with online coupons and promotions.
Keep Germs at Bay with Special Supplies
Traveling at any time of year can present some amount of risk when it comes to contracting an illness. Gas station restrooms, in particular, can be a bit intimidating. But taking a trip during a pandemic means more factors to consider while planning your route and pit stops.
Make a habit of always carrying cleaning supplies, and your odds of falling ill will be lower. Avoid touching surfaces in public areas — use your elbow to push doors open and turn on faucets — and use sanitizer if you must touch a door handle or gas pump.
Pay particular attention when touching gas pump handles, however. Real Simple notes that the average handle is home to thousands of times more bacteria than a public toilet seat.
Arrange a Pre-Trip Car Check
Part of enjoying a safe road trip is ensuring your car is safe before you leave town. Set aside time for a pre-trip inspection at home or visit your local mechanic for an oil change and standard service.
Make sure to check these items if you DIY the safety inspection:
- Verify that your tires have enough tread for the conditions.
- Check tire pressure and add air if necessary.
- Change or check the oil and keep a few containers in your vehicle just in case.
- Fill up your washer fluid and other onboard liquids — a windshield you can’t see through isn’t safe.
- Fill up the tank a day or two before leaving for your trip (so you don’t waste time the day of).
Contain and Entertain Kids
Taking a road trip is a wonderful idea, but taking kids on a long car trip can be stressful. For one thing, kids often get bored while riding in the car. Plan ahead for when boredom hits with activities like coloring books and crayons, packs of cards, mini board games, audiobooks, and even movies (Disney-themed entertainment is great in this instance!).
Also keep in mind that younger children, especially, will need more frequent breaks. A tantrum in the back seat may distract you from the road ahead, which is not safe for anyone on the highway. Confirming that your child is in the right car seat for their size, age, and maturity level is also a necessity for a safe and successful road trip.
Part of enjoying your Disney road trip is planning for what-ifs. Then, you can sit back, relax, and drive — as well as your time at Disney!
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