My husband and I decided to take a quick road trip to end our summer as we didn’t get to take our usual lake vacation. The older boys are off to college so it will just be us and the mostly neglected nine year old, because who can get noticed with two teens in the house?
My husband is slammed with work and travel leading up to our trip so I am left pulling the entire thing together and prepping for it. That means searching online for car games we can all play, silent games a nine year old can play by himself, ways to tune out your husband crunching chips next to you on a six hour drive and most importantly getting my car safety ready so we can actually make it to our destination where a much earned glass or three of wine awaits.
The games I’ll find on Pinterest. The crunching husband will be solved by listening to Oprah’s What I Know for Sure on Audible with my headphones securely plugged in my ears.
The car will be a combination of me and a hopefully smokin’ hot service guy:
1. Kick the Tires: Grab your best boots and give those tires a good kickin’. Make sure someone takes a photo because a girl can always use an Instagram pic of her doing something awesome in boots. Then drive the car straight over to your favorite tire shop and let them do the real work. They should check pressure and tread to make sure you are off to a safe start.
2. Check the Fluids: The ones in the car and the ones in the cooler. Wiper fluid? Check. Oil change? Check. Cold water in the cooler? Check. Cold beer and wine for arrival? Check.
3. Check your Belts: Clearly not the belt holding up your pants because every woman is smart enough to know that belts and road trips do not go together. How can you shove piles of chips, jerky and soda down your throat with a constricting belt wrapped around your waist? I’m talking the belts in your car. Nothing worse than cruising down the highway and an awful screeching sounds start emanating from under your hood.
4. Bring a Map: How does one even GET a map these days and do they talk? They book store carries them but sadly, they don’t talk. Get one. You can’t predict cell coverage. Besides, maps are nostalgic, they’ll remind you of your Mimi and that is a good thing.
5. Have a Spare Tire: I don’t mean the one you acquire from eating said beef jerky and chips. Check your spare. Make sure it is in good shape and ready to go should you need it. If you don’t already know how to change a tire, learn. It’s smokin’ hot and necessary.
6. Check All the Lights: Make sure all of your lights are working inside and out. While it’s super sweet for little Johnny when the cool police officer cites you for a broken taillight, your bank account is not as impressed.
7. Have an Emergency Kit: Make sure you bring a first aid kit, some emergency flares, a flashlight, a pocket knife, jumper cables. And of course duct tape…which has oh so many uses for a mother.