Road trips with the whole family are often the best part of summer—especially when you take along the capable and spacious Ford Explorer. However, having so many people and their belongings in a confined space lends itself to messes and clutter. Here’s how to stay organized on your road trip.
- Pack smart: To avoid having to dig through all your luggage at a rest stop, pack the things you know you won’t need until you arrive at your destination at the bottom of the luggage heap. Pack each occupant a small bag with the essentials they will need during the car ride.
- Collect garbage efficiently: Place a garbage bag in each row of seating to keep trash contained during the drive. Dispose of trash each time the driver stops to fill up the tank or for meals. Spending a little time each stop on cleaning will prevent messes from growing.
- Bring cleaning materials: Accidents happen, especially when traveling with little ones. Bring cleaning supplies to prevent stains and clean up sticky fingers. Stick to “clean snacks” (those that aren’t sticky and don’t crumble), and pack waters in a cooler up front. Waters are not only refreshing but useful for cleaning up messes in the cabin.
For even more suggestions on how to minimize the mess during a road trip, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll also be glad to schedule a pre-road trip maintenance appointment for your Explorer or other Ford model, to ensure that your trip is a safe and smooth one.
Spring is the perfect time for a family vacation, but let’s face: Traveling isn’t cheap. Never fear—there are plenty of ways that we Clark Griswolds of the world can be frugal and still take our family on great adventures. Here are three ways you can save money on your road trip.
- Don’t speed: Sure, speeding will get you to your destination faster, but half the fun of road trips is the time you spend bonding while driving. Staying closer to the highway speed limit will ensure you optimize your fuel economy and will also make it a lot harder for a cop to justify giving you an expensive speeding ticket.
- Pack snacks and food: Gas stations, diners, and vending machines can add up when it comes time to feed your family. Pack a cooler with sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. Don’t forget protein-packed snacks to keep you from getting hungry. You can even bring bottled water and coffee from home to help you save even more on dining expenses.
- Be smart about lodging: You don’t have to stay in five-star hotels every night. Consider camping with the family or look at an affordable Airbnb as an alternative. If you have friends or family along your route that you haven’t seen in a while, consider staying with them—just be sure to take them out to dinner as a thank you.If you need more suggestions for how to save some cash on your next weekend escape or family vacation, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our insights.
If you are new to the Uintah Basin or are just here for a visit, be sure to add the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum to your list. The museum is located at 496 E Main Street in Vernal, Utah. The park costs $7 a day for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children ages six to 12; children five and under get in free.
The Uinta Fossil Journey exhibit is one the whole family will love. You will start by searching for a stone, then move on to finding fossils, discovering dinosaurs, journeying to the Jurassic, traveling through time, exploring the Eocene, and studying rocks. There are also changing exhibits to explore, and don’t forget to check out the Edaphosaurus exhibit to learn more about dinosaurs.
In the spring (March through Memorial Day), the museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the museum shifts to summer hours (9am until 7pm) until September 3rd. September 3rd marks fall hours, again from 9am to 5pm. Winter hours (October to March) are from 9am to 5pm. Mondays through Saturday; the museum is closed on Sundays in the winter.
For more suggestions on which exhibits to see at the museum or on other sites to explore in the area, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite local haunts.