- How to decide if you should rent:
- Consider what mass transit and ride share options are available
- If trying to cover a lot of ground and see a variety of sights, you will probably want the convenience of having your own car.
- Costs can also be a factor. Sometimes it is cheaper to rent a car to get to and from your destination than ride share or taxis.
- Rental tips:
- Loyalty programs can have advantages for rates and efficiency – often getting to skip past the rental counter and go straight to the car
- Cars may also be cheaper through 3rd party booking sites like Orbitz, Priceline & Expedia
- Prices can fluctuate so it is worthwhile to look frequently in case a better deal is now available. Most reservations can be cancelled ahead of time with no penalty so you may decide to rebook a cheaper rate or to upgrade to a larger car class.
- Reservation tips
- Never pay full price – look for coupons (like in the Entertainment book)
- Pay attention to what kind of deposit the rental car company expects – this can vary greatly when you travel global
- Research the baggage space to know you have enough space
- Smaller cars generally work better in Europe
- Check the car before you leave the lot
- Take picture of any damage on the car before you leave the lot
- Don’t sign a damage form before looking the car over
- Adjust your seat, mirrors, etc. before you leave the rental lot
- The gas gauge tells you which side to pump the gas
- Plan your route ahead of time
- Leverage GPS
- Audio book options- Libby & Overdrive
- Renting movies & TV shows is also an option on iTunes
- Download movies before your trip – you’ll likely need WIFI to do the download
- Road trip games – apps & bingo cards
- Pack headphones if you want to listen or watch something different from your fellow travelers
- See past posts for more tips
- Snacks – we like a variety of healthy (nuts & fruit) and unhealthy (soda & candy)
- Yelp & Open Table are good for restaurant recommendations
- Each kid might like their own snack bin – like a personalized kid bento box
- Starbucks has nice protein snack pack options
Safety tip – For long trips, you might want to get a tune-up and have your car checked over by a professional before heading out.
More #roadtrip posts from our #100days100traveltips series.
Top Airport tip?
- Rebecca – don’t expect USB charging ports to work – the hardly ever do – so you’ll want to carry a wall plug and find an outlet near a seat or in a restaurant
- Michelle – buy a snack – you never know how long you’ll be on the flight
- Sandy – bring a refillable water bottle
Top Hotel tip?
- Rebecca – join the rewards programs and take advantage of dual reward credit earning with other travel partners like the rental car
- Michelle – ask for a better room or upgrade, the worst they can say is no
- Sandy – be aware of resort fees!
Top Road trip tip?
- Rebecca – look at the gas gauge to know which side to fuel up your rental car
- Michelle – take lots of snacks, especially for driving at night
- Sandy – Look for fun opportunities to make fun pit stops along the way at unique places
Taking your favorite pet with you on your next trip? You will want to do your research on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, flight guidelines and more.
Here’s some advice to get you started:
If you travel regularly with your pets, what tips would you recommend for someone less familiar?
Time for a #crowdsource question! What is your favorite snack to pack for a road trip?
Comment below with your favorites! We are excited to hear what our @leadtravelpray followers recommend.
Hi Lead.Travel.Pray. friends and family! It’s time for another #crowdsource answer. This is Rebecca and I have a problem with travel pillows. None, natta, not one seem to help me get comfortable to sleep. So help a girl out! Do you have a favorite travel pillow? If so, share it with us here by commenting below.
Also, perhaps you have a favorite traditional pillow…you know the kind you sleep in a “normal” bed with? We’d be interested to hear about that, too. I mean…who doesn’t want to sleep better whether it be at home or on the road!
If you are flying, you will want to be aware of how to best get liquid medicine, in particular, through security screening processes. You will also want to pack any critical medicines in your carry on so they are handy during flight.
The TSA site has a lot of good advice here: https://www.tsa.gov/blog/2014/09/05/tsa-travel-tips-traveling-medication
The CDC site has some advice on what to include in your travel health kit here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/pack-smart
For driving trips, we also heard some advice on purchasing a cooler that is powered by your cigarette lighter or USB-powered to keep any necessary medicines cold. Here’s one example – https://www.amazon.com/NutriChef-Portable-Electric-Thermoelectric-Refrigerator/dp/B06ZXZ7PDC/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1525730407&sr=8-11&keywords=best+travel+cooler