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As much as I love seeing family and friends during Christmastime, I still can’t wrap my arms tightly around the road trip part. I know the “big man” is making a list and checking it twice, but I can’t lie: The very thought of spending more than two and a half hours in the car is enough to get my tinsel in a tangle. There is a method to the holiday travel madness, I promise. In fact, I swear on my favorite ugly Christmas sweater there is.
I recently heard about the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse. Ummm…did you know it is equipped with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi®*? And just like that, driving this awesome mobile hotspot over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house with the fam sounds like a plan. The roomy midsize crossover is not only comfy and spacious, but also rides like a dream.
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Did someone say “road trip”?
Tip #1: Pump up the jams
You can never go wrong with a rocking playlist filled with your favorite holiday tunes. Every major recording artist has a Christmas album nowadays, so there is a song out there for everyone to enjoy and sing along to.
Tip #2: Christmas wrapping
Consider shipping your gifts ahead of time, or do one better and celebrate the holiday by giving gift cards to everyone.
Tip #3: Be responsible
Don’t give in to chaos, and start planning sooner rather than later. Get an early start and give yourself as much time as possible.
Tip #4: Overload on travel games
Some of our favorite road trip games are the ones I played as a child. I still can’t get enough of the license plate game (make sure to bring a pad and pen) and 20 questions.
Tip #5: Charge it!
Make sure to juice all electronics before you hit the road. This includes all phones, tablets, and mobile charging stations.
Tip #6: Cash is king
I’m guilty of perpetually breaking this rule. Please learn from my mistakes, and always carry a small amount of cash on you because you never know when you’ll need it. It’s better to have it and not use it than to need it and not have it.
Tip #7: Fill ‘er up
Gas up the tank the night before your trip and make sure to double-check both the oil and tire pressure.
Tip #8: The munchies
Even if you are planning to stop for a sit-down lunch, it’s still a good idea to pack a bag with snacks for the family. We opt for no-fuss, easy cleanup selections like mini water bottles and pretzel packs.
*Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.
Photo credits: Nicole Standley
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