The holidays are supposed to be about family and fun, making memories, and enjoying traditions. However, the nostalgic, picturesque view of the holiday season is often more of a dream than a reality when the details of everyday life complicate your big plans. While real life always looks a little different than the picture we have in our heads, there are some ways to help make your holiday plans, such as a family road trip, a success – according to your friends at Value Van and Car Rental.
1. Start Planning Early
When planning a road trip for the holidays, always plan ahead. Make checklists and get supplies for the journey, and do not leave things up to chance or wait until the last minute. Today, with a GPS in every smartphone, it’s easy to assume navigation will take care of itself. But if you plan out your route in advance, you’re better protected against the unexpected. And, your route should take into account that holiday traffic can be busier than at other times of the year.
2. Plan for All Weather
A well-stocked car is also more likely to arrive safe and sound at its destination than one without the right tools. If you’re planning on ice and snow, you should have the right scrapers and brushes. Blankets, warm clothes, water bottles, a back-up phone charger, and a first aid kit could also come in handy if you run into car trouble in bad weather. Even if you’re not expecting wintry weather in your part of the country, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want a surprise bout of sleet to ruin your fun.
3. Book Your Rental Car
Renting a car instead of taking your own vehicle could cut down on the stress of planning a trip. If your family usually crams into a sedan, consider renting a van for more space and comfort. You can also save the miles, and wear and tear on your car, by renting one instead. Your rented vehicle will be fresh off the lot, recently checked, and ready to roll. You can pick exactly the right class of car for your trip, with enough space for everyone, good mileage, and the ability to cover the terrain between you and your destination.
The key to a successful road trip is in the planning, so don’t wait to book your rental car. If you need a rental car in the Union or Newark, NJ, area, contact Value Van and Car Rental today at (908) 851-9595 to make a reservation, or book online anytime.