Memorial Day, a holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It wasn’t until 1971 that it became an official federal holiday. Many Americans use Memorial Day to visit cemeteries or memorials, hold family gatherings, or kick off summer by road tripping to a fun destination. As you observe Memorial Day, we want you to stay safe, smart, and comfortable while taking advantage of the long weekend.
Whether you’re heading to a breath-taking national park, or a distant relative whom you haven’t seen in a while, we believe that comfort should accompany you every step of the way. Road trips are a fun, memorable way to travel while taking in the beautiful sights around you. While AAA predicts Memorial Day weekend to have the highest travel volume in 10 years, that shouldn’t deter you from getting away from your home or office for an unforgettable three-day weekend. Proper planning is necessary in achieving a perfect road trip. Here are few tried and true tips to get you started on the right foot:
Examine your budget and determine your destination and route. Research the costs of the following and break it down:
- Fuel: Work out mileage to/from your destination by going to https://www.fueleconomy.gov/trip/#?
- Food: Eating out? Cooking at a campsite or kitchen? Usually estimate $10-$20 per person per meal. $5-$10 for children.
- Accommodations: Use sites such as Hotels.com, Hotwire, or HostelWorld. You have options depending on your needs.
- Shopping/Entertainment: Decide spontaneously what you want to do when you arrive or have a game plan before you go. Most destinations offer several free or reasonably affordable options. Try fitting in as many activities as possible or stick to one or two. Enjoying the outdoors in comfort is easy and affordable.
Preparing ahead of time for a road trip is important and vital for your safety. Make sure your car has been properly serviced as prevention is less expensive than fixing an issue. Check your brake pads, oil, headlights, and blinkers. Be sure tire pressure is efficient to ensure the best gas mileage. Check your oil, coolant, and water levels. Always pack an emergency kit, which should include the following:
- Spare tire with tools to change it
- First Aid Kit with Emergency Essentials
- Warm Cariloha Blankets
Packing effectively is essential for a memorable road trip because you don’t have a lot of space/room for what you may deem as a necessity. Make plenty of room for food, entertainment, and clothing.
Bamboo clothing, with its naturally odor-resistant and moisture-wicking qualities, is an awesome layer for traveling. Whether you’re traveling with Cariloha’s socks, underwear, comfort tees, or blankets, you’re guaranteed to travel in bamboo comfort while also packing light.
Your packing list will all depend on your final destination. Factor in camping essentials if you’re going somewhere isolated, or smarter clothing choices if you’re doing something more recreational.
Cariloha would like to thank and honor all men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Stay safe and comfortable this Memorial Day weekend and remember the reason for this national holiday.