Planning the Ultimate Summer Road Trip: Top 5 Things You Need for a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

Road Trip with the girls

Think great friends, awesome tunes and a fabulous destination for the ultimate girls’ summer road trip! Don’t let summer pass you by without planning a great weekend getaway with your girlfriends. Leave the guys (and kids) at home and take a couple days to enjoy a carefree weekend filled with laughter and non-stop fun.

We’ve got the five top things needed for the perfect summer road trip with the girls:

1. GPS

Relying on smartphone apps for all navigation needs means trusting you’ll always be driving in an area with cellular coverage. Trust a GPS to get you where you want to go and to help you find interesting places to explore along the way. Look for a unit with a high-resolution, LED screen that measures at least 5-inches and offers real-time alternate route choices for construction and other traffic delays. Units that offer free lifetime maps make it easy to stay up-to-date when planning next year’s girls’ weekend getaway.

Still trying to decide where to head on the east coast with the girls? How about:

  • Atlantic City for the beach, boardwalk and casino fun.
  • Long Island wine region for tours and wine tastings.
  • Nantucket for antiquing and fine dining.

2. MP3 Player

Forget paying monthly fees for satellite radio in your vehicle. Use an MP3 player for your car audio needs and have your favorite music on hand, all the time. Create a special road trip playlist and be sure to include these 10 favorites:

  • “Shut Up and Drive” (Rihanna)
  • “Life in the Fast Lane” (The Eagles)
  • “Fun, Fun, Fun” (The Beach Boys)
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (The Proclaimers)
  • “Life is a Highway” (Tom Cochrane)
  • “Every Day is a Winding Road” (Sheryl Crow)
  • “Little Red Corvette” (Prince)
  • “Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac)
  • “Route 66” (The Rolling Stones)
  • “Celebration” (Kool & the Gang)

3. Back-up Camera

The right auto accessories can help you get out of a tight space and make the trip a little easier for the driver. A rear-view camera is helpful when backing up out of any parking space, down driveways or when attempting to parallel park along a busy street. There are several models that can be installed easily before leaving for your trip and it’s an accessory you’ll use for as long as you own the vehicle.

4. Fresh Snacks

You’d never consider inviting friends over and not serving some form of refreshments, right? Likewise, fresh snacks are an essential component of any road trip. Plan to pack two coolers, one specifically for drinks and the other for snacks that require chilling. If space permits, pack a full case of bottled water — it’s always cheaper to bring your own than to rely on picking it up at a gas station or convenience store. Great road trip snacks include:

  • Individual cheeses
  • Fresh fruit such as grapes, strawberries and blueberries
  • Gourmet chocolates (keep in the cooler to avoid melting)
  • Chocolate covered nuts or white chocolate covered pretzels
  • Gourmet snack crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Cake pops (keep chilled)

5. Pre-Trip Essential: the Tune-Up

The last thing you want on any road trip is a break-down. Plan ahead and schedule a pre-trip tune-up for your vehicle, including an oil change. Make sure the tire pressure and brakes are checked thoroughly. This may be the ideal time to have a remote car starter installed in your vehicle as well.



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Tailgating Tips For Rookies


Tailgating has been a long standing tradition of Football, and having a successful tailgate takes experience and preparation.  If you are about to embark on your first tailgate, you may think you have it all under control…but you’re wrong. Everybody has made a rookie mistake during their first tailgate! Here are a few basic tips from seasoned tailgaters to help you avoid some common first time mistakes on game day.

Prepare Early

Pack what you can in your car the night before.  Be as portable as possible;  grills, generators, chairs, tables or tents–make sure all these things can be easily loaded and unloaded.  You should also pack a bag/box of essentials you will need for that day.  For example, pack plastic serving ware, napkins, toilet paper (don’t assume the porta potties will have this) and garbage bags. To make your life a little easier, designate people in your tailgate party to be responsible for bringing certain items.

Make A Food List

Making a list of food you want to bring to your tailgate prior to the event will help to ensure you don’t forget certain items when packing your cooler game day morning. Having two coolers works best, one cooler for your food and one for your beverages.  Make sure to pack non-alcoholic beverages as well, you will need something for your designated driver to drink and something to keep your drinkers hydrated throughout the day. Drinking nothing but alcohol can cause people in your party to become dehydrated and ill.

Have A Plan

Know before you go!  Check your stadium’s parking and tailgating guidelines prior to game day. If you are meeting friends, you may want to discuss a general area in the parking lot where you will meet and use a flag that will signal your exact location. Get to the parking grounds early (about 3-4 hours before game time) to secure your discussed location. Do not rely on your cell phone to contact your friends once you get there since many phones have trouble with reception in and around the stadium area.  Make sure everyone in your party is aware of the plans before hand.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Once you have completed set up, put your game face on and make friends.  Don’t be shy!  Everyone is there for the same reason so finding a common interest won’t be difficult. It’s important to get to know your community.  Say you forgot to bring mustard for your hot dogs, I’m sure your nice neighbor wouldn’t mind sharing their mustard with you!

Break Out The Radio

A portable radio is perfect for playing music while you tailgate or listening to updates on other football games going on that day. Just remember to be respectful of your neighbors. Don’t play your radio too loudly or play music with vulgar lyrics that could offend the nice neighbor who just shared their mustard with you.

Play Games

Not everyone in your party will be content just sitting around drinking and discussing their predictions of that days’ game, so have fun games available to play. Bring a football to toss around, a Frisbee or even a deck of cards for card game.  Anything to keep your party busy will make them happy, and happy people are the key to a successful tailgate.

Dress Appropriately

Check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly. It will be a long day outdoors and you don’t want to be caught over or under dressed. If you know it’s going to be chilly early in the day, bring a sweatshirt with you. If there is a chance of rain, bring a rain jacket.  There is nothing worse than sitting through an entire game and then a ride home in wet clothes.

Have Spare Chargers

In the digital/social media world we live in, it’s going to be very hard to have a day without using technology. On a busy tailgating weekend, your phone and tablet hours may double. You will also find that your battery life drains quickly when your phone or tablet is constantly searching for service. Be sure you have your devices charged and get a spare charger for the car in case you run low.

Clean Up

You want to start breaking down and packing up at least 30 minutes before you plan to head into the stadium. Put all your garbage in a garbage bag and all bottles in a separate bag.  The parking lot trash bins may be full, so it is important to bring hefty duty garbage bags that seal odors in case you have to travel home with your trash. Make sure all food you are traveling home with is sealed shut as well.

When it comes to charcoal, coals can stay hot for hours and they need to be disposed of properly. A good trick for this is using the aluminum pans that held your burgers, hot dogs and other food you came with. Discard the remaining coals into the aluminum pans then take the melted ice from your coolers to pour over the coals. After the coals have cooled you can throw them in a garbage bag as well.

Whatever you do, do not leave trash, food or bottles lying around the parking grounds. When it comes to tailgating the same rules apply as if you were camping… you should take out everything you bring in.

Don’t Forget Your Camera

Not only will you want pictures of yourself and your tailgate party, but you are going to see some interesting things while you are there. Tailgating is a huge event! You will most likely see people decked out in team spirit with their faces and bodies painted, decorated vehicles and crazy blow ups…well, who really knows what you will see, but trust me you will want to capture those memories!

These are all the tips we are willing to share, everything else you will have to learn on your own like the rest of us had to! Follow our advice, be safe, have fun, and nobody will realize you are a rookie on game day. Happy tailgating!


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