I'm taking my little sister back to college for winter quarter. She won't have a car up there so I'm road-tripping her up there so we can retrieve her stuff from various friends she stashed it with and get her set up with starter groceries, etc. Either I'll drive my car both ways or I'll rent a car one way and fly back. I'd appreciate any advice on doing that last option cost-effectively.
Second question is the route. We've never made this trip at this time of year. Do we have any weather concerns to be mindful of along the 5 fwy? Will I need chains?
We're in a time crunch because of my work. We're leaving Sat 12/28 in the morning, and I need to be back for work on Wed 1/2 or, stretching it, Thurs 1/3. I would like to make this an enjoyable trip for us. Anything not too far off the path that would be fun to experience?