No doubt you're excited about your upcoming trip, but there are things to do before you go on a road trip that you'll want to make sure you get taken care of.

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Now these things might be simple enough, but if you're not careful, they might be so simple that they'll slip your mind!

Here are 5 Things to Do Before You Go on a Road Trip

Stop Your Mail

Unless, of course, you have someone reliable and trustworthy to check it and hold on to it for you. Otherwise, head down to your local Post Office and put in a Hold Mail request.  The USPS will safely hold your mail anywhere from 3 to 30 days (any longer than that you will need to contact your local Post Office to inquire more info).

Get Someone to Watch the House

Now this could be anything from actually hiring a house sitter to having a neighbor keep an eye out. What many people do if they're going to be on a lengthy road trip is have a friend or family member stop by a few times to make sure everything looks okay and there's no suspicious activity.

Notify Teachers

If the kiddos will be missing any school, be sure to notify their teachers ahead of time. Not only will this keep them from worrying (and the school from making numerous phone calls to see where they are), but they might be able to give them some of their work that can be completed while you're on the road.

Make Sure all Bills and Payments are up to Date

It would be so easy in all the excitement to forget about a payment or two. Or even to make sure that a due date doesn't fall during the time you're going to be gone. Go over your finances and making sure all bills are paid up through when you return. This will mean you won't come  home to late notices and calls from your creditors.

Have Car Maintenance Up to Date

This is probably the most important thing to do before you go on a road trip. The last thing you want is to have mechanical problems when you're supposed to be out having fun. Keeping a regular Maintenance Log is helpful in making sure all maintenance is up to date.


So remember these 5 things to do before you go on a road trip. Have any other suggestions? We'd love to hear them, leave us a comment below.