I created this post as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars and Shell; all opinions are my own. #ShellCrowd
With five of us in my family, we’ve always driven our car for vacations, never flown. It’s easier to have everything we need in the car instead of dragging it through an airport. Plus, we’d just have to rent a car when we reached our destination anyway. So, we’ve developed our own routines to make road-tripping easier and cheaper where we can cut corners.
Pack meals, snacks, and drinks. Not only does this cut down on the stops you have to make, but it will save you money, too. Taking my family of five through a drive-thru, unless we order off some sort of value menu that doesn’t tend to fill us up, costs $20-30. By packing, we can save money and (generally) provide healthier options for our kids. I even do this for shorter road trips, like this past weekend’s 4 hour round-trip drive, where we’d be gone all day.
Keep emergency essentials in your car. It’s not just about the food. If you’ve ever had a child get sick in the car or had some other mess or injury occur, you know you need to get it cleaned up right away. You might be desperate enough to pay outrageous prices at whatever roadside store you happen to come across. Instead, I suggest keeping these items in your car:
- change of clothes for everyone (yes, even the adults)
- wet wipes/baby wipes
- first aid kit
- paper towels/napkins
- trash bags/grocery bags
Research your route. Know what stops you’ll want to make along the way. Some are worth the splurge. But you don’t want to spend your allotted budget on one attraction to see along the way only to discover that the one you really wanted to explore is two exits later.
Save on gas. Gas is one area where I used to struggle to save. When you need it for your roadtrip, you have to pay what’s listed at the pump. Or at least, that’s how it was until I signed up for Shell’s new Fuel Rewards® program which helps its members save at least 3 cents per gallon just by swiping a free membership card. New members can get a discount of 25 cents off per gallon.