Saturday, August 6, 2011

Road Trip

 This year we are vacationing with the Grand kids, we are going to visit the "Great Smokies."  The three boys are very excited.  The girls, not so much.
Shopping and swimming is more the girl's thing.  I found some great information while I was researching our trip.  I really hope it is helpful to you. I will be posting about "Road Trips" for the next few days There is still time to take a road trip before school starts.

Visit a State parks
There’s an abundance of state parks within a half days drive of our home and many are much closer. Even within a twenty-five mile radius to a one hundred mile drive, there are several such parks. Pack a picnic lunch, drive to the park, and just explore.  Different state parks offer vastly different things: lakes, forests, prairie land, fishing, hiking, canoeing.  Each one is differently beautiful.  The best part is that most state parks are free for day trips.
This year we are taking our grandchildren all six of them to The Great Smokey Mountains.  One of my nine year old twins told me he wanted to go to the mountains. No, camping is not my thing but I so enjoy nature.  I love the hiking and just spending time in God's beautiful places.

Road Trip Beverage
Take along a wonderful Homemade Lemonade...nothing says summer like lemonade

Instead of buying lemonade,  make it yourself. It's cheaper and certainly healthier
For Holly Johnson, the sweet hours of life occur when she is practicing the art of mothering and making beautiful things. Sweeter Hours, her blog, chronicles a little bit of making stuff, a pinch of the green life, a whole can of amazing cookery, and of course, beautiful things for life.
Take along some cups
Thanks, Money Saving Mom

Take coupons along for the things you will need, be sure to get Sun Screen.  There are coupons available.
SAVE $1.00 on Coppertone Suncare Product
SAVE $1.00 on any one Coppertone Suncare Product (excluding lip balm or trial size)

Outlet shopping

If there is an outlet mall near your destination, be sure to visit the office to get a free coupon booklet before you start shopping. It can save you a lot of money.

  It's Tax Free Weekend in some states August 5 thru 7  Take advantage of all the sales on back to school clothes and supplies.  This is the time to save a "lot of money".  There will be frugal bargains at all the stores.


Eating Out While on Vacation

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Great ideas for road trips or plane rides!

    Packing the Car

    Road Trip Packing List ~ Vehicle Emergency Kit

    • Flashlight, roadside signal flares or reflective cones/warning signs
    • First aid kit.
    • Booster cables, vise grips, 3/8ths drive socket set, set of combination wrenches, crescent wrench, multiple tip screwdriver.
    • Gallon jug of water.
    • Extra washer fluid, oil, transmission oil, brake fluid.
    • Rags, workshop towels, old blanket.
    • Gloves, coveralls.
    • Spare belts (alternator, fan and air conditioner belts)
    • Folding shovel.
    • Candle, warm clothes, heavy blanket (for winter travel).
    • Non perishable food and drinking water.
    Food for the Journey  

    Road Trip Packing List ~ Cooler

    • Juice boxes, soft drinks, water  (40 Capri Sun juice boxes are $6.49and 32 bottles of water $3.98 at Sam's Club
      Shop at Sam’s for FREE this weekend (Aug 5-7th)
      Aug 05, 2011 08:59 am | Mercedes
      Starting today,  August 5, Sam’s Club will be offering a FREE 3-Day Trial Membership, which is running during its Nationwide Open House.  As a bonus, there will be no 10% service fee, which is normally the case for temporary memberships.  This deal end August 7, so hurry in and enjoy shopping right away!
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    • Cheese (cut in cubes place in a small plastic bag for each child)
    • Grapes, watermelon, oranges, pineapple, strawberries, apples (cut up and ready to eat)
    • Sliced meat(  For Sandwiches)
    • Hard boiled eggs (make some into egg salad or deviled eggs)
    • Bread, butter, marg, olive oil, balsamic vinegar,sandwich spread
    • Carrot sticks, celery, cucumber,lettuce, siced tomatoes
    • Olives, pickles, etc.
    • Trash bag (several plastic grocery bags... a frugal idea )
    • nuts, chips, pretzels, cheese curls, etc.(my 5 year old loves cheese curls..can't leave home without them)
    • Have picnic on your way: Remember to bring napkins, plastic knife, paper plates
    • Must Have Electronics
    • Cellphone/charger
    • Camera, manual, charger, extra chip/film
    • Lap Top and charger
    • Compact DVD player and DVD's 
    • Batteries

    Saving Money on Hotels
    Thanks, Tip Hero

    Vacation Packing Checklists ~ Medical  "This is most important better safe than sorry"

    • Polysporin
    • Immodium
    • Antacid
    • Band-Aids
    • Liquid bandage
    • Benadryl
    • Contraception/ Protection
    • Insect repellent
    • Contact lens solution/case
    • Anti-itch cream
    • Extra pair of eyeglasses
    • Gravol or motion sickness remedy
    • Laxative
    • Lubricant
    • Analgesic - Ibuprofen, Tylenol etc.
    • ASA
    • Wide spectrum antibiotic (some trips)
    • Prescription medications
    • Vitamins/ Herbal remedies
    • Sunscreen

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