Road Trip Tips & Packed London Fog Travel Bag Giveaway

Road trips always make me a little antsy, I tend to worry about all of the what-ifs. What if we get a flat, what if we get stuck on the road, do we have enough snacks, do I have what I need if someone gets sick… yada, yada, yada. So that I wont worry myself and Troy sick, I keep an emergency bag full of “Boy Mom Essentials”, including a change of clothes for at least two boys. Thankfully, State Farm has compiled some essential safety tips along with a road trip essentials kit that will help us get the most out of our end of summer road trip and leave us feeling at ease while on the road.

Travel Road Trip Tips

Getting your car ready:

Before you hit the road, make sure your preparation includes getting your car ready for warmer temperatures to help you save time, money, and headaches during your trip:

- Consider a pre-trip inspection by a qualified technician; repairs can be more costly on the road.

- Check the air conditioning. You may want to have a professional inspect the entire system.

- Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare, to make sure they are properly inflated.

- Inspect batteries and battery cables for corrosion, cracks, and dirt.

- Have a licensed brake adjuster inspect your brake pads and linings for wear.

Travel Road Trip Tips

Keep your home protected:

You’ve packed up your suitcase and planned your itinerary, but before you leave for vacation, take the time to protect your home while you’re away:

- Alert your alarm company you’ll be gone

- Secure valuables in a safe deposit box or safe

- Disconnect the computer, TV, stereo, and other electronics, or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector

- Set exterior and interior lights on a timer to deter burglars

- Lock all doors and windows, even in the garage, and don’t leave a spare key outdoors

Travel Road Trip Tips

During your trip:

The great American road trip is a time-honored tradition. It’s fun, flexible, offers almost infinite possibilities and can be tailored to meet your family’s vacation interests and budget.

A little planning goes a long way so keep these tips in mind:

- Rental cars: Find out whether you need insurance for your rental car, get the right vehicle for your family, and be sure to check the rental thoroughly before driving off the lot

- Meals: Look for free breakfasts, pack a cooler with healthy snacks and seek out healthy fast food options ahead of time.

- Keep your health insurance cards and policy numbers with you at all times. Know what your insurance covers when you’re out of town, and how to contact their customer service representatives, along with your primary care physician and dentist.

- At least one adult family member should have a good working knowledge of first aid; the more people who do, the better. Carry a basic first aid kit, too.

- Know how to load your vehicle securely.

- Review the steps to follow if you happen to get in an accident while on the road.

Now that we have you ready for a fun & safe road trip, it’s time for a giveaway!


One reader will win this versatile London Fog Satchel, 16″ Chelsea Lites 360°, this bag has a sleek, sophisticated exterior to give your trip a stylish start! London Fog’s signature lining and fully-stocked interior packs in an unstoppable reliability with organizational features that never let you down. This bag is gorgeous and sturdy ladies!! 

But that’s not all…

The beautiful London Fog bag is going to come filled to the brim with all of your Road Trip Essentials! {The filled bag is valued at approximately  $200}

This giveaways includes:

  • State Farm cuddly puppy
  • Road Atlas
  • Road Side Assistance Emergency Kit
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Games & Educational items
  • Baby wipes and more!

Please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. {The only mandatory entry to enter this giveaway is to leave a comment below!} Giveaway ends Monday, August 9th at 11:00pm.

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All State Road Trip Travel Tips

Disclosure: I was given London Fog travel bag to keep and one to giveaway {valued at approximately $400} for sharing State Farms traveling tips with you. All thoughts, text and love are my own!

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  1. Suzanne Ruckman says:

    iPods and water bottles are a must!

  2. My must have travel item for my car is a car charger for my cell phone and all the electronic devices that my teens pack when we’re traveling.
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  3. We’ve always travel by car with 4 kids. We pack water, snacks, new $1 toys, crayons/colored pencils, stuff to read, music, etc.

  4. Lauren S. says:

    A few must haves(at least most of the time), a drink for my son..his tablet/DS/or a small backpack with a few toys..and a snack if traveling a good ways. :) He doesn’t get cranky hardly at all..but does get bored! The things listed above helps a lot.

  5. As a mother of 7 homeschooled children, I keep plenty of water, cups, snacks, books, moist wipes, hand held learning toys, and a first aid kit on board.
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  6. I travel with our four boys and need to be a bit more organized with all the snacks, toys, and such. lol

  7. Well, there are many things I can list with having 3 kids…but a MUST travel item I never thought I would need is my child’s wheelchair, cannot go anywhere without that. Next would be the blankets/snacks & food/water/entertainment/chargers/tire gauge & pump.

  8. I would love this to use when traveling with my four grandchildren!

  9. Sabrina Caines says:

    Dvds for the kids

  10. Oh, Tiany! I would love to win this prize pack! We will be hitting the road soon for our annual trek to Walt Disney World, and despite all my neurotic packing lists and reminders, I’m like you and am antsy til we get there. This awesome package would definitely help set my mind at ease.

  11. Oh! And our must have travel item is definitely DVDs for the kids!

  12. Patricia Casteen says:

    We are going to the mountains. This would be great!!!

  13. an ipod loaded with music for the whole family

  14. WOW THis is awesome. We leave in a few weeks for a road trip from NY to SC. My hubby cant go so it’s just me and my 4 kids…a Yukon and the open road. I am trying so hard to think of things to keep them busy! This bag would help a lot! Thanks for the chance!

  15. Nicole Herman says:

    Jumper cables, I don’t go anywhere without them.

  16. Carolyn G says:

    Baby wipes although we have no babies. But these come in handy for a variety of things.

  17. snacks and a good pillow

  18. A big Nalgene full of water and iPod loaded with podcasts.

  19. My GPS!

  20. a car charger.

  21. This would be great for my daughter when she’s heading back to school.

  22. I love my GPS>

  23. Lisa Carr says:

    My must-have travel item in the car is snacks. 3 boys – who eat constantly!

  24. Hedgehogi says:

    A drink and stuffed animal for my daughter. at gmail dot com

  25. Jump cables.

  26. The TV…but only when taking a road trip! :)
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  27. besides the gps and standards, i would say some snacks

  28. Would love to have this.

  29. We always bring a cooler with sandwiches, snacks and drinks. :)

  30. Jumper cables, diapers, and strollers along with all the essentials for my husband who is disabled needs are essential for traveling. Of course with 10 children, my list could go on and on. I’d love up win this bag:)

  31. Snacks, our portable DVD player, and a tablet for games!

  32. Julie Quinn says:

    Must have movies – books – coloring books – road seek-n-find/bingo (sometimes works)

  33. Barb simeon says:

    Antibacterial and napkins

  34. Plenty of music options and healthy snacks !

  35. Books, water, and hand held video games! :)

  36. I always make sure and bring a roll of papers towels, can be a partial one from the kitchen, and wet wipes. You just never know when a mess or something will happen. Lol

  37. With 7 kids and no radio in the car the ihome is a must, as well as an iphone charger:) We also pack a boredom bag for each kid containing crayons, coloring books, word games, interstate bingo, and books:)

  38. Lana Plume says:

    What a great package!

  39. we try to make sure we have enough juice, snacks, diapers, wipes, toys/books :) thank you.

  40. Travelin' Mom says:

    Water bottles, healthy snacks, and audio CD stories from the library are must-haves for our trips!

  41. Nice and important details provided that every one have to follow before travelling

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