It’s that time of year when families and friends are taking off on summer road trips. As you prepare to embark on your own great adventure, check out our helpful tips to make this a smooth-sailing ride along the way.

Mobile apps come in handy when you need quick and easy access to information. A few of our favorite apps to download before you get going include:

1) Waze: This navigation tool gives you the fastest route to your destination, allowing you to spend less time driving and more time enjoying your trip. Waze helps drivers let each other know about traffic issues, driving conditions and more.
2) iExit: This GPS-enabled app allows its users to find pit stops along interstates. All you have to do is open the app, and it automatically displays upcoming exits with gas, accommodations, rest stops, restaurants, etc.
3) The Weather Channel: It goes without saying, but this app allows its users to get updates on weather conditions. Some of the features include an interactive radar, rain alerts and storm tracking, ensuring you stay safe and sound as you navigate on the road.

In the event that something comes up, like a flat tire or a scraped knee, emergency roadside and first aid kits are helpful to resolve issues quickly and easily, so you can reach your destination in a timely and stress-free manner. Be sure to also pack snacks, water and reading materials to make the trip more enjoyable.

There’s one more essential item that’s worth bringing along for the ride – FunkAway. If you’re in a small space for a long period of time, and you come across a stinky hiking boot or other malodorous items, the smell can overwhelm a car and make the entire ride miserable for everyone. Keep FunkAway in the glove compartment and you’ll always be ready to eliminate any odors on the go. At the end of the day, just spray the source of the smell (car seats, cup holders, carpet, etc.), and your car will be funk free by morning. Use FunkAway in three simple steps:

1. Spray.
2. Air Dry.
3. Repeat if extra funky, with no additional cloths or wipes required!

There is no doubt there are many more ways to make the most of your summer road trip. Comment below on how you like to prepare before hitting the open road.

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