Alright, first time poster here. I have decided to undertake my first multiple-day road trip in the US (there was a road trip involving a smart car in Italy where I drove from Trieste to Verona in 5 hours. Those cars are small. That's all I have to say about that one.) This will be my first road trip with my dogs and has been kind of an improptu decision.
I live in Chicago and usually only travel as far as Milwaukee or the surrounding burbs. Lately, I've been feeling a real need to get out of here and I just found out this week that I have 3 unexpected days off from work next week. And since I am free from Wednesday thru Sunday, I thought to myself "What better way to make the most of my time off than to road trip down to NOLA?" I used to live there and have friends down there so do not have to worry about accommodations once I'm there. I'm taking my dogs with me because they're good company and it seems like the thing to do. And chances are they will be my only company as most of my friends can't take 3 days off on such short notice.
And so to that end, I appeal for any and all advice my fellow road trippers may have for me.
My preparations so far extend to this:
- car tuned up and ready to go, got the road trip OK from my mechanic
- signed up as a premium service member with AAA
- checked with the dogs' Vet as to what they need, etc.
- buying a portable GPS system for the car
- saw a AAA Emergency Road kit for the car at Target which seems like a good idea, going back for it.
Should I invest in one of those steering wheel anti-theft devices? Being that I am female and will only have dogs for company (dogs that may look larger but hide from Chihuahuas no less), any safety tips you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated. I am thinking of leaving around 3 or 4 in the morning on Wednesday and going as far as I can get considering I will have to stop every 2-3 hours for the dogs. Since I don't know how far I will get before I really start to get tired, I figured I would just have a good listing of La Quinta hotels (very dog friendly) on or near my route throughout the trip, for once I do decide to rest. I can drive comfortably for quite a long time, but with the dogs probably won't make it as far as I would on my own. Wasn't planning on making any reservations ahead of time though. So yeah, that's about all I have so far. Any thoughts on of this?