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When it comes to summer, one of the things I love to do with my family is to take a day trip. To get out and explore things around us we’ve never seen before, or visit places we’ve never been. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I especially love it when I can keep the cost to a minimum while still being able to have tons of fun.
There are, of course, some things I have to do to prepare for going out of town, even if it’s just for an hour or two. Just some simple things so that everything goes smoothly. Following these practical tips to enjoying a summer day trip without breaking the bank, gets us on the road faster and on to enjoying our adventure.
Tip #1. Think Like a Tourist
You would be surprised at the places and things you’ve never even heard of just outside your own backyard. Take a visit to your local Tourism Center, grab some brochures and information, some maps and get some ideas on places to go. You’d be amazed at what is out there for you to investigate and enjoy.
Tip #2. Pick up the Essentials
It’s important to have the things you need before going anywhere on a day trip. Things like Band-Aids, a first aid kit, sunscreen, thermal blankets, a flashlight, sleeping bags and bottled water. No matter what you need for the day, make sure you have a list and check each item off before you leave.
I always head to Canadian Tire to pick up the things I need before going on any trip. I guess it was bred into me as a kid, because before we went camping dad would always stop there to pick up car stuff, water toys, camping gear and snacks for the road. It kinda became a family tradition. I think it was because he liked using his Canadian Tire money to give him savings. Who doesn’t like to save money?
Hubby is an in and out quickly kinda guy when it comes to going into a store to stock up on supplies. Me, I have to literally cover my eyes to walk past the displays, like this one in the Canadian Tire showcase for outdoor living. Our patio is under construction right now, and man Canadian Tire allows a girl to dream about what things could look like. Can you see him tugging on my hand so I don’t stop?
Tip #3. Car Maintenance
Before you can even think of taking a day trip, you must make sure your vehicle is running properly. You have to have enough fluids, check your tire pressure, extra gas, and above all make sure you get an oil change done. I always hate it when hubby mentions an oil change because it costs over fifty bucks. An oil change is vitally important for the health of your vehicle and keeps your car running right so there won’t be anyone stranded having to call for help while visiting a place you’ve never been before.
Did you know that you can do your very own oil change on your car before going on a road trip? There’s no need to spend tons of money on a mechanic. Canadian Tire has a DIY video with step by step instructions on everything you need to get the job done.
Using the right oil for your vehicle is equally as important as changing it. Hubby’s favorite to buy for our Dodge Avenger is Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ Motor Oil. Why? He says it’s because of the thousands of miles, stop and go traffic, idling, and extreme temperatures we put our car through, Quaker State oil is tough. It delivers twice the wear protection of the standard industry, meaning less frequent oil changes in our car’s future. I like the sound of that.
Of course hubby had no problem finding what he needs at the back of the automotive section at Canadian Tire. I think he knows what’s in every single aisle in the store. Quaker State® is a great oil at a great price, especially at Canadian Tire. Remember it doesn’t take much to make sure your car is ready for your road trip as much as you are.
Tip #4. Decide Where You Are Going and Who’s Going with You
This may not seem important before doing a day trip, but it is. Make sure you know where exactly you plan on going, whether or not the kids are staying at home, or if you need a babysitter. And try to coordinate roughly the time frame in which you will be gone. Give this information to someone in your family or a friend, just in case something happens. That way you stay safe and you have someone watching out for you while you enjoying your day excursion into unknown territory.
Always make sure you to take enough water and food with you for both humans and animals. If you plan on leaving your car make sure animals are not locked inside and can come with you. A hot car can kill the fun for the day!
Tip #5. Budget and Have Fun!
As I mentioned before knowing where you are going is important, not just for safety reasons, but also so you can do up a rough budget. Day trips don’t have to cost a ton of money. We’ve taken trips just for ice cream in a small town outside of where we live. Walk around and see the sights. Take photographs. But above all stay safe and make sure you have some fun!
No matter where you decide to go, or what you decide to do for the day whether it be visiting a lodge, a water park or even a picnic in some area of town you’ve never seen before. Canadian Tire has everything you need to help prepare you for your trip where Everything is Made for Life!