8 Road Trip Items to Make Any Traveler Feel at Home

Going on a road trip and not sure what to take? These eight road trip essentials will keep you cozy in the car and make you want to sightsee for extended periods of time. While either traveling on weekend trips or across the country, keeping these items in the car will enhance your road trip experience. So buckle up and get ready to see some scenic views here are eight road trip items to make any traveler feel at home: 

1. Snacks  

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Okay, let’s be real; everyone loves snacks! Whether they’re salty or sweet, crunchy or gummy, sour or spicy, snacks are a beloved treat. While traveling, they’re just as fun to eat maybe even more so. In rest stops, gas stations, and grocery stores you have your pick of a variety of different snacks that can boost your energy, maintain fullness, and cure your cravings. So snack away and travel the road you’ll feel like you never left home. 

2. A Good playlist  

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A good playlist can make or break a road trip. So it might be a good idea to take the time beforehand and organize the songs you like best into one playlist. 

While many streaming services are available like Spotify, Google Music, Amazon Music, Pandora and more, however, depending on where you’re going and how long your traveling it might be a good idea to download the songs too. Downloading ensures no extra data is used when listening to music, and also allows you to listen without ads the entire trip. How nice would that be! 

3. A Good book  

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Traveling with a book is a great way to pass the time. Whether you’re reading your favorite novel or listening to an audiobook, you picked up along the way. Reading is a fun way to engage your mind to focus on a different activity other than traveling. By reading a mysterious work, or an epic romance, you’ll forget the time that passed when you arrive at your destination. 

4. Games  

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Whether you’re traveling for seven or seventeen hours, you’re going to want some entertainment to pass the time. 

You can go the old-fashioned route and pick up a crossword puzzle or two or find a unique word search that piques your interest. For kiddos, you can pick up a coloring book on one of your many stops or even an activity book with various projects for your kids to have fun with. 

While apps offer some cool road games like trivia, dot by dot coloring, candy crush, and others, these games may use extra data when used for extended periods. To be sure, you may want to stick to the tried and true ways of the road. Whether it’s tic-tac-toe or hangman, there are always ways to have fun while traveling!

5. Travel items  

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Travel items are your best friend!

From hand creams, lip balms, to travel pillows and travel scarves. You can feel as comfortable as you do at home while on the road. With travel packages from the best brands, you can pick your favorite face wash, shampoo, and conditioner, without worrying about how it will affect you. 

Another great travel item for those who are always forgetting something is a mini travel supply kits. Depending on the one you get, it might have moist towels, stain removers, a charging cable, and more. Next time your shopping for your road trip take advantage of the travel items that are available to you they’ll make any road trip a cozy one!      

6. Blanket  

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Bringing a blanket on a road trip will not only make you warm and cozy but can make you feel less cramped inside the contents of a vehicle. While you can buy a blanket at any travel store, it could be more beneficial to bring a blanket from home. If you bring a blanket which has some sentimental value, it can make the trip feel homey and leave you feeling happy even when the trip hasn’t happened as planned. So next time your traveling don’t forget to pack that blanket on your bed!

7. Flip-flops

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Flips-flops are perfect road trip attire. Due to the amount of time spent in a vehicle, there is no need to wear sneakers, high heels, or any shoe with a difficult buckle. In fact, while it might not be the most sanitary option wanting to wear no shoes at all is probably the most human response. Flip-flops offer a middle-round where if you require a pit stop or want to stop at a restaurant you can put on your shoes quickly. Since flip-flips don’t hurt your feet and stylish to wear they’re great for traveling to any destination! 

8. Reusable water bottle  

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Reusable water bottles are a great addition to any road trip! While they’re practical for keeping you hydrated, some have great traveling benefits. For example, when not in use, some water bottles are collapsable, others have storage compartments for food, personal belongs, or money. These water bottles tend to be a little more pricey than regular reusable water bottles; however, depending on your trip, it might be worth it. While reusable water bottles can be fancy or simple, there’s always one that matches your personality! 

Now go ahead and get packin’ you don’t want to forget these items!

5 Reasons Why Mount Dora is Florida’s Hidden Gem

Many travelers who visit the Sunshine State, likely choose to visit places like Disney World, Miami, or even the Everglades due to their popularity. However, one of Florida’s most scenic places isn’t one tourist’s are likely familiar with. Located in central Florida and an hour away from Orlando, Mount Dora offers visitors a family-friendly atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy the sun. Without further ado, here are five reasons why Mount Dora is Florida’s hidden gem: 

1. Mount Dora Lighthouse  

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Mount Dora Lighthouse is a must-see if you’re visiting the beautiful city of Mount Dora. 

Just a short stroll from downtown Mount Dora you’ll see the picturesque views of the lakefront at Elizabeth Evans Park and also enjoy the sights of Mount Dora Marina. It’s a great family fun adventure; you could even ride around on a segway! 

That’s right, segway tours around Mount Dora lighthouse are available for those who want to enjoy the scenic sights from a different perspective. Catboat Adventure Tours, are also available in which you can drive your own boat and see the charming views. Narration and historical information are provided on the tour, so it’s equally as fun as it is informative about past events, perfect for any family event!  

2. Palm Island Boardwalk  

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The Palm Island Boardwalk offers visitors sights to remember. With eight acres of natural preservation land, visitors can enjoy a tasty treat at one of the three picnic pavilions, walk through the nature trails, or stroll on the lengthy boardwalk. 

While walking on the boardwalk, visitors are likely to see the beautiful waterside of Lake Dora or spot wildlife creatures in their natural habit. Who knows you might even see an American Alligator! 

While its charming views of the sunset are perfect to view with your significant other, it’s family-fun atmosphere is what makes Palm Island Boardwalk an attraction to remember.  

3. The Royal Railway Experience  

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This is one activity you don’t want to miss! Provided by the Orlando and Northwestern Railway, the Royal Railway Experience offers customers excursions including family fun activities to adult-only themed rides. 

Some of the more popular rides include the Pizza Train, Murder on the Royal Palm, The Polar Express train ride, and the Royal Wine Limited train. These train rides provide customers with customary dining selections, entertainment for all, and unique interactive experiences! 

While pricing can sometimes change depending on the season; however, normally children 12 and under ride for free. Whether you’re looking to kill some time or searching for a fun activity for the family, this is one activity everyone will like!  

4. Bed and Breakfast Inns

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If you’re looking to stay in Mount Dora, there is no better place than one of Mount Dora’s bed and breakfast inns. 

Filled with warm-hearted charm and cozy living quarters, Mount Dora is home to about a dozen bed and breakfast inns, which offer visitors a range of options from quaint and quirky to luxurious and grand. Some bed and breakfast inns accommodate travelers with pet-friendly options and convenient living spaces for every type of family. 

While other bed and breakfast inns are suited to serve adult couples and small families. Whether your passing through or sighting seeing, consider staying at one of Mount Dora’s highly rated bed and breakfast inns, it will make your vacation all the more special! 

5. Antique Shopping  

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For those who love to shop for antiques, Mount Dora is a must stop! Since Florida’s Antique Trail travels right through Mount Dora, it offers visitors a chance to stop at various antique shops, and malls, providing travelers with the perfect adventure for antiques. 

One mall, in particular, Renninger’s Antique Center, presents customers with lavish events throughout the year such as cars and guitars shows. While they’re open to the public, an entry fee may apply in some events. 

However, Renninger’s Antique Center also features two separate areas, one completely designated for antiquing while the other is a flea market. While not everyone may enjoy the specifics of antiquing, although searching through a shop or walking through the one the various malls could be an entertaining date! 

Now that you know some of Mount Dora’s perks, check it out and visit it for yourself, trust me you won’t be disappointed!