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Today at STYLEanthropy, I’m sharing a new travel tips post. This time, it’s a road trip car checklist. If you’ve been following for awhile, you may have noticed by now that WE LOVE road trips! In fact, we just did a 6-hour road trip from Pittsburgh to New York and back. We’ve done MD to TX, TX to CA, TX to NY, and VA to RI just to name a few. You get the idea. So I thought, why not share with you how to prepare your vehicle for a road trip. Whether it’s just a 2-hour or 24-hour road trip, I got you covered with these tips!
Road Trip Car Checklist
I’m quite lucky to have a car enthusiast/expert husband who knows how to do his own car maintenance. He does everything, including tuning and upgrading our cars. He even does circuit racing whenever there’s a chance. But don’t worry, I won’t be telling you to do anything too technical or complicated to get your car ready for a road trip. I’m just sharing simple and basic things to ensure you have a safe trip.
Is your car due for an oil change soon? To ensure your engine is performing at its best, especially if you’re driving far, make sure you do this before the trip. Say you’re due to change oil after 300 miles, and your upcoming trip is a 500-mile drive, then better to do it beforehand. If you, your spouse, or someone in the family knows how to do a DIY oil change, then it will save you more dollars and time.
Who says you can’t order oil online? We order ours at Walmart.com, so it’s more convenient and such a time-saver. Sometimes, you go to a store and the oil you need is not available. So you head to another. Been there, done that. So it’s best to just go online and order right there and then.
It’s even easier to search for the type of oil you need because you can see it right away.
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic High Mileage is our preferred oil. Like I said, we do a lot of long road trips. So it’s important that we get the oil that offers complete engine protection!
Shipping and Delivery Options
Now add to cart and pick a shipping option. You can get it delivered straight to your door. But you can also get it shipped to a store near you, or pick it up curbside. Since I needed it the next day (I ordered late at night), I decided to pick it up while I’m there to grab other road trip essentials.
I just followed the orange signs/directions to the pick-up area, got my phone with the email scanned, and received my item all in less than 5 minutes.
By the way, do you know there’s a current promo on Pennzoil oil? When you purchase any 2 qualifying Pennzoil Motor Oil, whether online or in-store, you’ll receive $10 Ticketmaster Ticket Cash. At the same time, you’ll be entered to a sweepstakes to win tickets to a Guns N’ Roses concert!
Road Trip Checklist
Now aside from an oil change, below are other things that you need to check or prepare for a road trip.
- Check the tire pressure with a tire pressure gauge. If you don’t have one, you NEED one in your car. Your vehicle’s manual should have the right tire pressure for your car.
- Next, make sure that your vehicle’s fluid levels are full. This includes the coolant, engine oil, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.
- Finally, have these things (most self-explanatory) in your car for your trip:
- Basic car tools including tire wrench, jack, early warning device, and jumper cables
- An umbrella in case it rains
- First aid kit
- A towel or some sort of rag or mat in case of spills. We also have this in the car because we have a dog. In case we go out somewhere and he gets wet, we have a towel to dry him up and keep the interior from getting wet.
- I have a big utility bag in the back that holds the towel, plastic bags, fabric bags, paper towel or toilet paper, wipes and other things I might think of bringing with me to the trip. Speaking of plastic bags, I also keep one at each compartment or car door. That way, anyone can have easy access for trash, mini-accidents, or spills.
- Bring a cooler. Depending on how long or how far the trip is, I use a small or big one to keep drinks for the ride cool. Stock it up with water bottles and energy drinks to keep you hydrated and awake during the trip. Along with the cooler, I have a separate bag for snacks. You don’t want to be hungry in the middle of nowhere!
Are you going on a road trip soon? Where are you headed? Make sure to pin the image above to save this road trip checklist for later. Enjoy and until the next travel tips post!