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Prepping Your Car for a Family Road Trip

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We love road trips. Living in Southern California we are blessed with an abundance of day and weekend trips to a variety of destinations. From the beaches to the mountains, to the deserts, we love it all!

Before kids we just grabbed our bags, threw some drinks in a cooler and we were off! Now that we’re parents to an active 3 year-old, preparing for a road trip is a different story.

Our Super Crew Ford F-150 has plenty of room for gear and kids stuff, but it gets messy in a hurry. Here are some tips for prepping your car for a family road trip and how to quickly clean it when you get home.

1. Check Fluids and Air

The interior can wait. Check your oil and radiator fluid levels and change your oil if you are close on miles. Your tire’s air pressure is vital to maintaining proper gas mileage and it’s dangerous to drive on an underinflated tire.

2. Garbage bags

Hang plastic bags over door locks or around any type of hook. If garbage bags are readily available then it’s less likely that trash will end up on the floor or between seats which means you’ll have less to clean up when you return home.

3. Mini-Cooler

Save the monster cooler for the trunk and get a small travel cooler that will fit nicely on a seat or the floor of your car. This makes it easy to grab a quick drink or snack without digging through a black hole.

4. Give a Good Cleaning

Start fresh by using a 20V MAX* Pivot Vac to clean the floors, mats and between the seats. A portable vacuum allows you to get those hard-to-reach places under the seats and dash.

5. Digital Devices and Books

We limit our son’s screen and instead prefer he look through books. Prepare a book bag that your child can access on the road and fill it with his/her favorites. If your child is into gaming or watching movies on a tablet, then make sure you also have a safe place to store these devices when not in use. Hang plastic bags over door locks or around any type of hook.

6. Clean On the Go

Every time you stop for gas or a meal, clean out the old cups or trash bags to keep all of the junk from building up. A cleaner driving area will also make it easier to locate your wallet, phone or sunglasses.

7. Garbage bags

Hang plastic bags over door locks or around any type of hook. If garbage bags are readily available then it’s less likely that trash will end up on the floor or between seats which means you’ll have less to clean up when you return home.

8. Final Cleanup

Clean up your car as soon as you can upon returning from your trip. You can go straight to a car wash or do-it-yourself. By taking your time and cleaning your own carpet and interior you’ll be much happier with the results. Get the vacuum out again and to really get the grime out of floorboards, arm rests and windows, consider a 2-in-1 handheld steam cleaner, which kills germs and doesn't use any chemicals so it’s perfectly safe to use on kid and pet surfaces. 

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Prepping Your Car for a Family Road Trips

by Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson


Prepping Your Car for a Family Road Trips

by Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson


Prepping Your Car for a Family Road Trips

by Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson


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