Hello Wonderful People,

Are you in the ready for a road trip?
It may be a weekend getaway to see the fall colors in the mountains. It may traveling to watch your favorite football team play one of its away games. Or it may be your anniversary and this is the time of year that you get away with your spouse. Whatever the reason, a road trip is more enjoyable if you take a little time to plan for it. When packing your suitcases into your vehicle, be sure to keep a few items close at hand.

A Smart Phone
When road tripping, whether for business or pleasure, having a smart phone is the most essential item to take with you. For our recent road trip to Utah, we had the opportunity to take use the Motorola Droid Maxx 2, courtesy of Verizon Wireless. We loaded up the phone with several travel apps that proved to be quite helpful. We used one app to track our hotel reservations; and another app to check on gas prices and the distances to the station. The Google-powered GPS kept us moving in the right direction. All of this was done with a high-powered battery that lasted throughout the day. The phone provided great reception even when we were traveling through the Colorado mountains and the remote regions of Utah. I recommend the Droid Maxx 2 for anyone who needs a powerful travel-friendly phone; but also will work for them in their everyday life.

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The Droid Maxx 2 leading the way to Oakley, KS

A Lightweight Jacket
One thing that I know about the weather is that it can be very unpredictable. This is especially true if you are traveling during a transition period between the seasons or if you covering a long distance in one day. In these instances, a lightweight jacket is a must for any traveler. During our recent road trip to Utah, Colorado and Kansas; we had found out very quickly that having our jacket proved to be very much needed. Let me give you an example. We traveled in early September; as summer was coming to an end; and we covered many miles in one day. On the morning we left Moab (Utah); it was a balmy 80 degrees. We arrived in Breckenridge (Colorado) for lunch and it was a cool and breezy 60 degrees. After leaving Breckenridge and making our way through Hoosier Pass and the high elevation of the mountains, we experienced a sleet-snow mix with temps in the 30s. We continued on our way through Colorado Springs (Colorado) before ending our day in Oakley (Kansas), late at night with rain and temps now in the 50s. If you are in and out of your vehicle often during the day and are experiencing temperature changes like this, you want to have that jacket close at hand so that you are ready for that next stop.

A Snack Bag
Whether you are traveling with your family or by yourself, having a snack bag filled with goodies is a good idea. If you are traveling during normal eating times, but you cannot stop for a full meal because you are trying to keep to a schedule; having the snack bag will keep you on track. Fill a bag with granola bars, peanut butter crackers or maybe some fresh fruit. Whatever your choice, they will make a good substitute for a full meal. You can also eat the goodies whenever you get a little hungry. If you are traveling in a part of the country that has a limited services, you cannot always stop when you normal have your meals.

A snack bag is a must have for your vehicle.

A snack bag is a must have for your vehicle.

A Pillow
A pillow is a must have for any road trip, especially when travel times interrupt normal sleep times. Typically on the first day of our road trips, we leave out early in the morning and spend most of the day in the Jeep. For our last trip, my wife and I woke up at 3am and left home just before 5am; and then we spent thirteen and a half hours on the way to Denver. Having a good pillow was essential for my wife to be comfortable and get some rest throughout the day.

Keeping these items within arms reach in your vehicle will make your trip more enjoyable for everyone. What’s on your must have list? Let me know.

FTC Disclaimer:
Bubbling With Elegance And Grace received the Motorola Droid Maxx 2 for one month in order to write this review. We received no monetary compensation and all opinions are strictly our one. At the end of the month, the phone was returned to Verizon.

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