2. Have Your Car Serviced
Whether you do it yourself or take it to a pro, pre-trip car maintenance is essential for a worry-free vacation. A routine inspection should include fluid levels, belt and hose connections, turn signals, tire pressure and headlights. It’s also a good idea to make sure your spare tire is in working order. Don’t forget to make sure you have these emergency items in your toolkit: fire extinguisher, jumper cables, tire iron, water, first-aid kit, and reflectors or flares.
3. Make Lodging Reservations
Knowing where you’ll be staying every night can take a lot of the stress out of your trip. It’s a good idea to make your reservations before you leave home. During prime vacation periods, many hotels, motels, and campsites fill up quickly. You don’t want to arrive exhausted at your destination only to find out there’s nothing available for the night .