Plan a Road Trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast


Ready to pack the family in the car and hit the open road this summer? Road trips are the perfect way to explore the country's hidden gems while giving you flexibility and convenience that flying doesn't offer. Road trips can come with their own set of challenges, but planning ahead and having a clear idea of your options can take the stress off and ensure you have a memorable experience. Here are our tips for planning the perfect road trip with your loved ones this year!

Get the Family to Decide on a Destination

If you're looking for a beach destination, consider Gulf Shores along the coast of Alabama. Boasting sugar-white sand beaches and plenty of activities and things to do, Gulf Shores offers an idyllic setting for families, young professionals, couples, and more. In Gulf Shores, you'll find pristine sand dunes, untouched nature, miles of beaches, and inland lakes, which provide abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. If you want to vacation amid fresh air and warm sun, stay in Gulf Shores Alabama.

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Determine Your Route and Major Stops

Have a plan in place for your route, major stops, and a rough timeline for getting to your destination. The great thing about a road trip is that you can switch gears easily if something looks interesting along the way. Plan for stops to get gas, food, and stretch your legs. 

It's helpful to stick to a loose plan but give yourself wiggle room. Before leaving your home, be sure you download an offline version of your route on your phone and even grab a paper map to have on hand. 

Be Sure The Car is Up to Date on Services

Before you hit the road, be sure that your car is up to date on its oil change and all other services. Depending on how far you're traveling, you may even consider getting a full check up on your car to pinpoint any potential maintenance concerns. Also, don't forget about giving your car a good interior cleaning since you'll be spending so much time in it during your road trip. 

Make sure that you have emergency supplies with you, including jumper cables, a spare tire, wheel wrench, tripod jack, reflective clothing, a multipurpose tool, and anything else you may need. 

Use Technology to Secure Your Home

There are plenty of technology options these days to help you protect your home while you're away. Digital security systems allow you to watch over your home while on vacation as well as set timers for lighting and temperature. 

Another thing to keep in mind is staying off social media or posting about your vacation. Wait until you get back home to post photos from your trip so you're not letting anyone know that you won't be home, plus it gives you the chance to be fully present during your vacation. 

If you have a friend, neighbor, or family member nearby, ask them to stop by your house a couple of times to get the mail, water plants, and make it seem like someone is home.

Things to Bring on Your Road Trip

When you're packing the car for a road trip, you have to be sure to pack for the things you'll need on vacation and on the road. Be strategic about packing, be sure to keep a few things handy, such as a phone charger, medications, snacks, water, car games, and anything else you might need. 

Don't Forget:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting products (ex: sanitizing wipes, surface cleaner, hand sanitizer)
  • Paper products (paper towels, tissue, toilet paper)
  • Beach blankets and towels
  • Beach toys
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Medications
  • Clothing (multiple layers, swimsuit, beach clothes)
  • Shoes (comfortable walking shoes, sandals) 

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Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2022