Posted on October 16, 2019
This is the season for spending time out of doors, taking short trips on back roads, cheering the team at Friday-night football games and enjoying the cool weather. It's easier to enjoy the moment if your your vehicle is equipped for impromptu fun.
Plan for Fall Picnics or Flea Market Shopping:
Craft fairs and flea markets pop up regularly during the fall. Take advantage of them for quick family excursions by keeping a basket or tote stocked with reusable plastic plates, cups and silverware; pack a simple lunch from home, or stop at a small town grocery or farmers market for bread, cheese and cold cuts, chips and cookies. It's a great alternative to waiting in a drive-through lane. Whether you find a picnic table in the park, or a shady spot by the side of a stream, relax in the company of nature.
Plan for Warmth and Comfort:
No matter what paths you follow in the fall, the weather can change quickly, so it pays to be prepared. Whether you're going to a game or hitting the road to ooh and aah over brilliant foliage colors, stow a lightweight stadium blanket or two along with a couple of weatherproof cushions in the trunk of your car. In addition to water bottles, fill a thermos with either hot soup or hot chocolate and you'll be prepared for anything Mother Nature can throw at you!
Think About Contingencies:
As connected as we all are these days, it's also wise to have some old-fashioned backups. Consider a battery-operated portable radio, a battery-operated lantern or a strong beacon-style flashlight, especially if you have children or pets. They're good for any time of year, but especially in the fall, when dusk appears all too quickly. For extra protection, keep a pack of emergency flares and fluorescent safety vests in your car.
You can find some of these roadtrip essentials at the Lifestyle show this October! Show opens October 27th to 30th.
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