About 2 month(s) ago by Ayres Hotels There is no better way to see Southern California than from getting on the open road. Pack up the car and buckle up for a road trip adventure to your next destination. Anywhere your road trip in SoCal from San Diego to the central coast, Ayres Hotels is here to keep you well rested and entertained. Take advantage of our curated list of useful road trip tips and travel hacks to make the most of your journey.
If traveling with small children, make sure you have plenty of kid-friendly activities in arms reach. These include tunes, iPad’s, books, whatever it is to keep them amused and entertained while in the car. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of the driver’s seat and fill with all the essentials for easy access. Make a driving playlist. Be sure to include all types of genres to go with your mood. You may want to sing your lungs out or just chill as you watch the beautiful scenery pass the windshield.
Invest in a good phone charger, preferably one with multiple outlets so you can keep all your gadgets at 100%. With all the apps and music you’ll be using along the way, it’s important to have a full battery. Make sure to download the GasBuddy.com app to find the cheapest gas in the area. Use the Waze app for perfect directions, real-time traffic and road information, which can be a lifesaver. Use a binder clip to make a car stand for your phone if you are using it as GPS, and clip it into the AC vent so you don't have to look down or hold it.
Freeze water bottles before your trip and keep them in a small cooler in the back seat so you always have cool water to stay hydrated. Pack a variety of snacks ahead of time. Make sure to include snacks for the kids and adults, and ones for morning and ones for night. Good suggestions are granola bars, nuts, and trail mix because they will keep you sustained and give you energy for driving.
Carry cash! You may not have access to an ATM or credit card machine. Make sure to hide some in your luggage too for safe keeping. If traveling with a lot of baggage, be sure to roll your clothes instead of folding them. It saves tons of space and keeps them wrinkle free.
And finally, book your hotels in advance. Ayres Hotels offers a rewards program that allows you to quickly earn and redeem points for free nights at any of our gorgeous hotels.