thanksgiving travel

SpotHero Holiday Road Trip Tips

This holiday season, travel may be looking a little different. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people across North America are finding new ways to reunite with their loved ones this season. You may be looking forward to a family Zoom call, or this may be your first time reuniting with others in months. The CDC has released a comprehensive guide to safety for Thanksgiving this year, including guidelines for those who choose to travel this season.

Many people are shifting from flying to driving their personal vehicles to reunite with family and friends this holiday season. Driving your car is a sure way to limit your contact with others you don’t know and keep your group as safe as possible while traveling. 

If you’re planning on road tripping to Thanksgiving this year, we’ve rounded up some of our best road tripping tips to help you get there safely.

1. Plan your route before you leave

Take the time to map out your road trip beforehand. By taking a minute to program your trip into Waze, you can easily see if you’ll encounter route closures, heavy traffic, or road hazards and plan accordingly. With even more people driving for holidays now than ever before, you can expect an increase in traffic around the holidays. You can also plan your road trip to take the more scenic route and enjoy the views on your drive. Don’t forget to plan a handful of rest stops every couple of hours to take a restroom break, stretch your legs, grab some caffeine, and switch drivers.

2. Stock your car with essential items

If you know you’ll be in the car for some time, make sure you stock up on snacks, bottled water, masks, and other essentials you may need to grab quickly. Stocking up before your trip can help limit the amount of stops on your way there. Here’s a couple of our favorite essential items you don’t want to forget:

  • Cooler
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Headphones
  • Ice scraper
  • Masks
  • Neck Pillow
  • Portable charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Tablet for entertaining the kids
  • Toiletry bag & extra clothing
  • Umbrella

Don’t forget extra blankets, warm weather gear, and jumper cables in case of any emergencies!

3. Plan somewhere to park on arrival

SpotHero is located in over 300 cities across North America, including near hotels, neighborhoods, airports, and more. Booking parking ahead of time gives you an address to plug into your GPS and gets you exactly where you need to go, no need to circle the block! With the winter months ahead, you may want to look for somewhere out of the snow. You can easily filter and search for covered garage parking to avoid digging your car out of a snowbank when you’re ready to leave!

We know that with the ongoing pandemic, drivers are trying to limit their exposure to the public. With our touchless filter, you can easily search for spots that won’t require you to pull a ticket, touch any buttons, or even talk to a parking attendant. It’s an easy way to limit your contact while traveling and keep yourself and those around you safe!

Whether you’re road tripping, flying, or parking it at home this holiday season, SpotHero wishes you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season!