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Plan The Perfect Holiday Road Trip With These Safety Tips

Travel Tips

Planning a road trip can be fun if you need a getaway, but during the holidays the process can be a bit stressful. Packing, preparing the car, and planning for safe stops are just a few of the things you need to think about. You'll also need to consider things like entertainment, shopping, and dining while you're away, but if you're headed to Black Wolf Lodging, they'll have you covered for info on events in and around Twin Lakes. When you're ready to prep for the trip itself, start with your vehicle.

Weatherize your car

Driving through Colorado can take a toll on your vehicle if it's not properly weatherized, so it's important to take some precautions before you hit the road. Snow tires are essential for getting around the hills of the Twin Lake area and can prevent a costly tow; read more about road conditions as your trip draws closer. It's also a good idea to make sure your floor mats are in great shape in order to protect your vehicle's carpeting from snow, mud, and road salt. There are several varieties to choose from when you're ready to upgrade, but all-weather mats are ideal when you'll be tracking snow into your car.

Pack thoughtfully

Once your car is ready, it's time to think about what to pack. Road trips with the family can include wonderful bonding moments, but if you aren't adequately prepared for the trip, you risk stress and frustration. Traveling with children often means lots of stops, but you can minimize these by planning ahead when it comes to snacks, drinks, and well-timed rest breaks.

It's also a good idea to think about what you'll need to stay safe and healthy during the trip. Hand sanitizer is essential these days, as well as extra masks for everyone in the family. Pack a small bag to keep in the car to hold these items, plus pain reliever, tissues, wet wipes, and a first aid kit; also, disposable gloves will be handy for restroom stops.

And while it should go without saying, packing clothes and outwear for snowy weather is a must. Make sure you have an adequate amount of gloves, scarves, and hats; and remember that layering is essential, so pack items that are thick like flannel, denim, and wool. Thin leggings or athletic pants are not going to do the trick here. Depending on your vacation plans, you may even want to invest in thermal underwear for everyone.

Keep an eye on the weather

Personal safety is one concern; road safety is another. Because weather in the mountains can be a bit unpredictable, it's important to keep an eye on the news in the days leading up to your trip and stay updated while you're traveling, as things can change fast. Pack an emergency bag with road flares, blankets, water, and non-perishable snacks--such as granola bars, cereal bars, and dried fruit--in the trunk in case you get stuck and have to wait for help. It's also a good idea to bring along a portable phone charger so you can ensure battery power no matter how long you're on the road.

Preparing for a road trip takes time, so start planning early and do a little research online before heading out. This will ensure that you're up-to-date on local rules and guidelines, the weather, and any closings that might affect your trip.

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