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Your Guide to Packing and Planning a Perfect Summer Road Trip

Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 4:22PM

Your Guide to Packing and Planning a Perfect Summer Road Trip

With summertime in full swing, for many people, now is the perfect time to embark on an exciting adventure. If returning to airports and flying isn’t quite your speed yet, it’s always a good time to return to a good old-fashioned classic – the road trip! Wherever you’re planning to roam, read on few a few tips towards making your weekend getaway or longer excursion into a total success – and to learn why breakfast in Gainesville Florida is a perfect part of the equation.

What’s Your Perfect Destination?

Where will the road take you? That’s a question to begin asking early on in your plans as you determine budget and time frame – which will serve to limit your plans. How far are you able to travel – and how much are you aiming to spend on travel expenses, hotel stays, or fun experiences? To solve this, do your research early – and save ideas you find online to locate fun stops and destinations along the way, which you can craft into the perfect travel route. Are you hoping to enjoy shopping or dining in a new location – or are you determined to enjoy the great outdoors as a state or national park? Be sure to also leave some space in your itinerary for slowing down or making a spontaneous detour – sometimes our unplanned adventures can be the most memorable!

Pack Your Bags for Success

Got an outline of where you’re headed and when? Good! It’s time to start packing, so start a checklist right away. This will help you to make sure you don’t forget anything vital to your trip once you’ve already hit the road. Pack your suitcase with all the clothes you’ll need to last the trip – and account for the weather you’re expecting to encounter! Make sure you have chargers for phones or any technology you might be using to map and find destinations along the way.

Also, think about what you’ll need when you get there. Headed to the beach? Pack swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen to stay safe. Going camping? It might be helpful to bring along storage bins to pack all your gear – like tents, cookware, lanterns, and more. Water and nonperishable snacks are perfect for long days on the road – and keeping a designated garbage bag is an easy way to make sure the car stays clean.

Plan Some On-the-Road Entertainment

Now that you’ve packed and planned, what do you plan to do along those long stretches of the road? Plan ahead for some fun entertainment along the way. One easy and simple solution is to turn the ride into an opportunity for some fun family games. For example, see if you can find license plates from the greatest number of different states – or, play a round of 20 Questions and try to uncover the person, place, or think that others are thinking of.

Tired of chatting? You can also try listening to something! If you’re feeling creative, plan ahead with a themed road trip playlist inspired by your destination. Encourage the whole crew to add their favorites to listen to on the road! Or, if you’re looking for something different, try an audio book or podcast to pass the time.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Starts with a Hearty Breakfast

Who wants to hit the road on an empty stomach? Not us! They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and that’s never been so important as when you plan to set out along a fantastic family journey. As you start your route through Florida, make sure to stop in and visit Peach Valley Café, your favorite breakfast restaurant, at any one of our seven Central Florida locations. With the best brunch Gainesville Florida loves, you’ll be sure to start your adventure on the right foot after enjoying any of our amazing omelets, pancakes, or other fresh, homemade breakfast favorites. We look forward to kicking off your trip with a delicious meal!


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