Heading off in your car on vacation may not contain the excitement of flying high over the little people below, but it’s the way most of us still get from home to the epicenter of fun and then back again. A vacation by car carries with it certain issues that don’t come with traveling by other means. Here are some tips that are likely to come in handy at one point or another, depending on where your vacation destination lies.
Getting Rid of the Stink
A long time spent in the car can very often result in a very bad smell. The longer you stay in the car and the more people who are situated inside, the more likely an event that creates an unpleasant olfactory sensation. The stench could be the result of vomiting, pets going to the bathroom, spilled food allowed to roast in the hot sun and, well, you get the idea. Getting rid of the stink inside a car during vacation travel is not something easily done while on the road, but once you settle in for the overnight stay, things get much more efficient. All you need to do is carefully place shallow bowls filled with distilled white vinegar on the floor on either side of the seats. Make sure the windows are closed and by the morning most bad smells caused by vacation accidents should be sucked dry.
Shut Off Stuck Alarm
Your car alarm going off and getting stuck inside your garage is one thing, but just see how much patience everyone else in the hotel or the restaurant off the interstate has if it happens then. The first thing to try if your vacation is disrupted by the car alarm getting stuck is to just turn the ignition switch. Sometimes a twist of the key will be enough to shut off the siren. If that doesn’t work, locate the alarm’s position in the fuse box and remove it. This should stop the noise without causing any permanent harm.
Keeping Kids Entertained
Kids today. Man, they have no idea what it’s like to go on a 500 mile car trip. Between MP3 players and cell phones and handheld video games and video monitors and every other electronic device know to man, the least of your worries should be keeping kids entertained. That’s exactly what they want you to think. Just when you think that this is the least of your worries when you pack into the car headed for vacation, batteries die, cell phone coverage gets lost, you realize you left without your supply of DVDs or kids do what kids do best: become bored despite a wealth of distraction. Keep a steady supply of old-fashioned games in your head to play as a group. Keep track of license plates, play word association games, just in case, bring along some word search, crossword puzzle and maze books.
Keep Track of Keys
This may seem like a no-brainer and in most cases it is, but if you are going to be staying at the same hotel for several nights in a row, you can easily fall into a bad habit. The last thing you want to be doing in the morning when you are excitedly trying to get going to the fun part of your vacation destination is waste time looking for your car keys. Under extreme circumstances, this could become the single most important tip for saving your vacation. If you have bought tickets to a single event and miss them because you couldn’t find your keys, well, I don’t need to tell you how much of a damper that will put on the ride back home. Find a place inside the hotel room and identify it immediately as the site where you will deposit your keys. Just to make sure you don’t get lazy and forget, place a card with the word KEYS written on it in big black letters in front of this site. It may seem like a ridiculous length to go to, but all it takes is one frantic search for missing keys to educate you on what ridiculous really means in the world of vacation by car.