Everything you need on your road trip this Easter

Going on a road trip this Easter? Here are things to keep in mind.

Whether you’re camping over Easter, enjoying a Christmas excursion or doing some long-weekend exploring, the right preparation will ensure you get where you’re going with a smile on your face.

1. Entertainment

The key to a successful road trip is to first and foremost keep everyone entertained, whether it be a one-hour trip down the coast or a six-hour long haul.

It's always a good idea for to pack a small bag of your favourite CDs or other gadgets to help pass the time. Don't forget to keep them handy throughout the drive.

2. Chargers and extra batteries

Travelling with kids means constant entertainment and iPads quickly die. In order to keep every gadget going, make a list of all the chargers that you'll need and include extra battery packs or power storage units. Make sure they are charged and ready to go before the keys even turn in the ignition to save fluffing around mid-journey.

3. Food

It’s always a good idea to pack either a picnic-style lunch or at least some bits and pieces to share. Healthy snacks would do too!

4. Pillows

Trust us. At some point, you are going to want to stop for some shut-eye. If you're travelling with kids, they might want to sleep for a while, best to keep them comfy so they are a bit more relaxed. A soft pillow or blanket can be just the trick.

5. Is your car road-trip-ready?

Have your local mechanic give your vehicle a complete check at least three weeks before departure so there’s time to fix any problems that show up.

Checks should include things like:

Condition/age of oil filter and air filter

Level of wear on the brake pads

State of springs, struts and shock absorbers

Vehicle’s spark plugs, hose connections and timing belt

All lights working properly

Battery check, fluid top-up, connections and any corrosion

Tyre check for wear, inflation and alignment

Replace windscreen wiper blades if needed

Check fluid levels and top up (engine oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, radiator coolant and windscreen washer fluid

Check that the spare tyre is in good shape and the tyre iron and jack are stored appropriately.

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