Road trips can create memories to last a lifetime. No matter how many songs may be downloaded on your phone or how interesting your passengers are, boredom can strike after a few hours in the car. With that in mind, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) offers tips to make your next road trip as comfortable as possible.
“Road trips can be fun for the whole family, but long hours on the road can be draining for all,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “Packing a few items to keep drivers and passengers comfortable is always a great idea.”
When packing for your next trip, consider items to entertain each passenger depending on age and interests. Books and magazines can serve as great ways to make the time pass. Crossword puzzles or word searches can keep minds active as well. Drive boredom away by turning on a podcast. To accommodate children, include a coloring book or a small hand-held gaming device to keep them content for miles at a time.
Classic travel games such as “20 Questions” or “I-Spy” are other options that will keep passengers entertained.
In addition to entertainment on your next road trip, consider packing:
- Water and snacks, maybe even a little caffeine for those long stretches on the highway.
- Blankets and pillows so passengers can nap comfortably.
- Tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper towels.
- A cell phone charger.
“Having comfortable passengers, especially when traveling with children, makes for more alert and focused drivers,” McGrath said. “Always make sure to drive smart and pay attention to arrive safely at your destination.”
For longer road trips, remember to take breaks and stretch your legs every couple of hours.
In addition to these road trip tips, MDOT offers free travel resources – MDOTtraffic.com and MDOT Traffic app – to help make your vacation easier.
MDOTtraffic.com not only gives you the most current travel and traffic conditions, but also shows the locations of rest areas and welcome centers in Mississippi. Use MDOTtraffic.com to avoid construction zones and traffic delays too.
Download the MDOT Traffic App to access real-time traffic information on the go.