Vacation Tips: Don’t Let Road Trips Become a Summer Bummer

Summer TravelConsider things each traveler enjoys and have those items in the vehicle. (Photo by IMOT)

It’s finally here. You’ve been planning this family vacation for months. Bags are packed. Your vehicle is ready for the long days on the open road. But, what about your passengers?

“Road trips can be fun, but they can also be tiresome,” said Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “It’s always a good idea to make sure you travel with items that will keep your passengers comfortable.”

To help ease the tension on those long stretches of highway, MDOT offers these tips to make sure your road trip is as comfortable as possible.

  • Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks, maybe even a little caffeine for those long stretches between pit stops.
  • Take a blanket and pillow so passengers can nap comfortably.
  • Be sure to take along tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper towels.
  • Have an umbrella handy for those pop-up summer showers.
  • Don’t forget a cell phone charger.

Consider things each traveler enjoys and have those items in the vehicle.  For passengers, take a copy of your favorite magazine or a new book by your favorite author to read as you travel. With children, small electronic gaming consoles or soft toys can help keep their minds away from the trip’s time.

Another idea: travel games that get the whole family engaged can make traveling more enjoyable and pass the time quickly.

In addition to these road trip tips, MDOT offers three free travel resources –, MDOT Traffic app and Mississippi 511 – to help make your vacation easier. not only gives you the most current travel and traffic conditions, but also shows the locations of rest areas and welcome centers in Mississippi. You can use to avoid construction zones and traffic delays.

The MDOT Traffic app is available free on the App Store and Google Play store, and serves as a companion to The app also offers access to real-time traffic information and cameras across the state and will synchronize with your account on This is a perfect tool to use at rest areas while traveling.

Mississippi 511 can also be used to check road conditions and get other important travel information. You can get specific road information by simply saying the name of the road, city, county or region.  The 511 system even allows travelers to report traffic conditions if they have not been already reported.

“Having comfortable passengers is key for long summer road trips,” said McGrath.  “Most importantly, make sure to stay safe and have fun over the summer.”

For additional summer travel tips or other travel related information, visit or like and follow @MississippiDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

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