Planning Your Thanksgiving Road Trip

If you and your family are traveling this Thanksgiving, you may be grateful to avoid the frantic cleaning, rearranging, and last minute grocery shopping associated with the holiday. But holiday road trippers have plenty to accomplish before Thanksgiving week takeoff. Before you fight holiday traffic or attempt to cram a week’s worth of luggage into an undersized trunk, make sure you’re prepared to make the journey.


Some travel enthusiasts strategize holiday car trips like battles. Others jump in their vehicles and hit the road without a second thought. Whichever category describes you best, a little planning goes a long way toward a successful road trip. Before you brave the interstates, make sure your ride is road trip ready by vacuuming your car interior, cleaning your windshield, and checking your car for basic maintenance needs.

  • Check oil levels, wiper fluid, and tire pressure
  • Pack your emergency roadside kit
  • Leave home with a full tank of gas
  • Research gas prices along your planned route
  • Avoid interstate snarls by checking traffic reports


car packed cute kidIf you’re traveling with kids, chances are you’ve stuffed your car so full that you might not squeeze back in after eating that Thanksgiving stuffing. Your seats may be filled with luggage, emergency kits, and family members, but there are a few other road trip essentials you shouldn’t leave home without.

  • Mess-free snacks
  • Water bottles
  • Garbage bags
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Family car games
  • Music & audio books
  • GPS or travel app
  • Phone charger
  • Spare key

After fighting traffic, smog, and weather on the open road, take a few days to relax after the holiday. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail and let us deep clean the Thanksgiving leftovers from your automobile.

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