Friday, January 15, 2016

The Unexpected

  If you've traveled at all you already know that sometimes things don't go exactly as you planned. A flat tire or a missed flight can really throw a wrench into your leisure time. Of course some things just can't be helped but there are a few things that I've learned to help me be ready for when certain travel disasters take place.
  Always, always take a small first aid kit. A kit with a few band aids and some aspirin can make a big difference for mild cuts and some aches and pains. If you will be doing a lot of walking such as a hiking trip or a trip to Disneyland you should take some mole skin with you. This came in handy on multiple occasions on one of our recent trips. Also take into account that if you are on any medications you should have enough to get you through the trip and if you have any food allergies in the family as we do, take some Bendryl with you as a first line of defense for tingley lips.
  During a road trip I like to know how far I can travel on a tank of gas and I want to plan where I will be stopping along the trip. Knowing this helps me stay relaxed because I don't have to worry about fuel as I watch the guage creep toward the big E. Also, as I mentioned in a recent post, take the time to change or top off fluids and tire pressure before leaving to keep the vehicle running smooth and don't forget the spare tire if your car has one. You don't want to find out it's flat on the side of the road.
  Now this one might sound a little strange but it makes sense to me. I always pack an extra day worth of clothes no matter where I'm going. I may find myself getting drenched in a rain storm or stuck riding a log flume over and over with my daughter. On a good trip I may even decide to stay an extra day of course it's more likely that I need to stay an extra day due to something going wrong. Either way I'm covered.
  Well there are a few examples of what I do for a trip. I'd like to give you a few more but I'm unpacking from an awesome trip to Southern California. More on that next week. For now I'll leave you with one last tip. Make sure you remember to charge your camera batteries and empty your memory cards often. You don't want to miss those memorable moments with the family. See you next week!

Brandan

 

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