Road Trip Check In: 997 Miles and Counting

The Summer Road Trip: Check In

So we made it 997 miles, two kids, one dog and 3 adults, all in one piece. The car bins were essential (see previous post), the snacks were key, and the in car DVD vital. A few thoughts and things to remember.

Your Cell Phone Will Not Always Work:
As we drove up the east coast of the US we were reminded that not everywhere has Wi-Fi or even knows what 3G is. Also, not every nook and cranny of this beautiful country has a cell signal. If you plan to travel and also plan to use your smart phone to guide your way you are in for a rough reality check when you actually hit the road. Get yourself a Garmin (satellite enabled navigation tool) or make a trip to your local AAA office and load up on maps. Yes, actual printed maps. I myself am unable to work with those hard to manage and antiquated paper navigating tools, but some of you may, and having a second way to check the route, especially when your navigation system is being testy, is a good old fashioned map.

Hand Sanitizer & Wipes:
Restroom stops along our journey were hit and miss. Some places were great. Others YUCK!! So each time we went in armed with wipes and each time even after hand washing we used our delightful vanilla stars and stripes hand sanitizer. (Thanks Lizard & Ladybug Staci!!)

Take It Easy:
Enjoy the ride and be an alert and defensive driver. We encountered several close calls where those around us made hasty and last minute driving decisions. We also witnessed a major accident where all we saw were numerous emergency vehicles and smoke rising out of a ravine, not a pleasant site.

Happy and safe summer travels to all and remember to enjoy the ride, savor the destination and stop along the way. 😉

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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