Written by Kristin Anchante, Project Manager
As of this week, the unofficial start of summer is officially here. Pre-COVID, this probably conjured thoughts of late night bonfires, week-long getaways, and barbeque pool parties. This year, things might still look differently.
If you want to enjoy the summer, while avoiding crowds and saving time and money, a weekend road trip or two could be the answer. Take advantage of a long weekend or use that PTO you didn’t get to use last year and plan some Friday through Sunday (or even Monday!) trips.
There are a lot of great places to visit right here in the Hudson Valley (link to Hike the Hudson Valley Post) and other outdoor destination spots that are fully worth the drive: Cape Cod, MA; Burlington, VT; Ausable Chasm, NY; and Norwalk, CT, to name a few.
In no particular order, here are a few things you’ll want to pack for your road trip (if you don’t already have them in your car):
Hand Sanitizer or Wipes
Disposable or Reusable Masks
Car Charger or Power Bank
First Aid Kit (e.g. bandages, headache medicine, antibiotic ointment)
Tissues and Napkins
Water or Other Flat Beverages
Healthy Snacks (e.g. jerky, dried fruit, pretzels)
Roadside Assistance Kit (e.g. jumper cables, mini cones)
If you’re going on a long trip (over a few hundred miles one way), it’s a good idea to get a 12-point inspection at your local car dealer before and after. At the very least, you’ll want to:
Get an oil change if you’re due soon
Make sure your wipers work in the event of heavy rain and top off your washer fluid while you’re at it!
Properly inflate your tires to help with gas mileage and ride quality
Check your spare – is it inflated and ready to go in case of a mishap? Do you have a jack?
Whatever your plans this summer, stay safe and have fun!