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Pack Up the Car for a Road Trip to Destin FL this Year

1 Jul 2022
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Trip Planning

Are you planning a road trip this summer or sometime this fall or winter? Get the family together, pack up the car, and hit the open road for a classic American road trip. A road trip is a perfect opportunity to see the nation’s most beautiful countryside. Plus, road trips give you the flexibility to explore on your own terms and timeline. While you might be spending more time traveling than you would in an airplane, the options for fun are endless.

Planning a road trip can be a big endeavor. To make the process a bit less daunting, we’ve compiled a list of the top things to consider and ways to prepare for your road trip.

Determine Your Final Destination

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Your first decision is where you want your final destination to be for your road trip. Depending on your current location in the country, you’ll have to ask yourself about your ideal length of time in the car and if you plan on stopping along the way.

If you have sun, sand, and beach on the brain, Destin is a perfect choice. Located along the Florida Panhandle’s Emerald Coast, Destin is home to pristine sugar-sand beaches, beautiful nature preserves, family-friendly attractions, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and more. Destin is an easy road trip destination from states like Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas.

Destin is known for its emerald waters and sugar-white sand beaches, making it an ideal family beach destination. You’ll find accommodations here that range from in the middle of the action to off the beaten path with ample privacy.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort® is the place to stay if you’re looking for resort amenities, access to world-class golf and the Village of Baytowne Wharf, which is a hub for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Places like South Walton, Crystal Beach, and Miramar Beach have plenty to offer but are a bit more quiet and relaxing.

Get Your Car Road Ready

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If you’re driving across the country, it’s important to be sure that it is up to date on services and maintenance. Check to see if you’ll need an oil change beforehand, get a tune-up if you haven’t in a while, and make sure you have all the important paperwork for the vehicle.

Other than the maintenance of your car, it’s a great time to give your car a good interior cleaning. Clear anything out of your car that you won't be traveling with, wipe down surfaces, and vacuum carpets. It’ll feel great to have the car crisp and clean for the long drive.

Since you’ll be bringing along luggage for when you arrive at your destination, things you’ll need with you in the car, and grocery items, it’s important to clear out any additional clutter.

Get Your Home Prepared for While You’re Away

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It’s important to be sure your home is secure while you’re away. There are many digital security systems that make it easy to watch over your home from anywhere. If you don’t have one, it’s a good investment for controlling things like heating, cooling, lighting, and more from your smartphone. If you can, put any lighting on a timer or sensor as well.

Better yet, if you have a close friend, relative, or neighbor nearby, see if they can check in on your home while you’re away. It’s always a great idea to have someone stop in regularly so it looks like someone is home.

Avoid posting about your vacation on social media so no one knows you’re away from your home. You can wait until you get home to post all your vacation pictures and you won’t be distracted by your social feeds while you’re away.

Get a Loose Plan in Place

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Get a plan in place for your travel for getting to your destination, including any stops along the way. Map to your Destin vacation rental, and be sure to have a map available offline or bring a paper map with you to help navigate in case you lose service.

As you're planning your travel, look into potential stops along the way for fun, gas, food, and breaks. If you’re just doing a day trip, it can still be helpful to have an idea of when and where you’ll stop as well.

Pack Your Car & Your Bags


Get your bags packed and determine what you’ll have with you during the car ride as well, and pack those items in additional bags. While it might take a bit of organizing, it will be a lot easier to have items you’ll need on the drive easily accessible instead of buried in luggage.

Things to have with you on the drive include phone chargers, electronics, car games, snacks, water, and books. It’s helpful to bring along a cooler with extra beverages so you don’t have to buy them along the way.

If you have room, you can also bring some grocery items with you that you’ll need at your vacation rental. It can also be helpful to bring extra paper towels, toilet paper, sanitizing and cleaning products, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Book Your Destin Vacation with Destin Getaways

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Book Destin vacation rentals with Destin Getaways for your Florida road trip. We have a wide selection of rental homes and condos along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Contact our team to learn more about our accommodations or book your stay with us today.

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