How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip with Your Best Friend

Road trips are one of the most adventure-filled vacations that you can take – there’s nothing like jumping in the car with your best friend and visiting someplace new for an extended weekend. As much as you want to get right to hitting the road having fun and singing songs in the car, take the time now as there’s still some vehicle preparation that has to happen. Ensuring that your car is ready for any future road trips and you’re on top of organization will help make the trip go as smoothly as possible. Here’s some things to keep in mind when preparing for your next road trip with your bestie!
WeatherTech RackSack on a road trip in a campground
As you start envisioning your next trip, you’ll want to check that your car is ready to go. Planning for a road trip takes more than mapping out a route and thinking about vacation time, it also includes getting your vehicle into shape and ready for the long miles ahead. Making sure that your vehicle is prepared for a road trip will help keep unexpected breakdowns to a minimum.
WeatherTech CargoLiner with luggage


1.Take your vehicle in to your dealership or mechanic before your road trip. Make sure to get the oil changed, check the belts and hoses, and ensure that the brakes are in good working order. You’ll also want to inspect the tread on your tires and rotate them if necessary. Replace anything that’s not in good working order. Consider putting an emergency kit in the cargo area or trunk for any unexpected break-downs that may happen along the way. 

2.Give your car a good tidying up prior to the start of your road trip. Remove any unnecessary items to get the most out of your vehicle’s storage space. Vacuum the interior and clean all of the windows to improve visibility.

3. To keep your vehicle clean during the road trip, now is a great time to stock up on some cleaning supplies in the cargo area or trunk. WeatherTech’s Windshield Cleaner with Repel will keep your windshield clean and allow for better visibility in rain. Our Carpet Cleaner with SpotTech will help to clean up any spills, as well as get rid of any dirt or mud you may bring into the vehicle during your adventures!

WeatherTech Seatback Protector with road trip supplies
Once your car is prepared and ready for your future road trip, you’ll want to make sure it’s organized for easy access to everything that you need. You don’t want to waste time rummaging around trying to find necessities when you could be enjoying the trip to your destination!

1. Keep your phone close at hand. While you don’t want to be texting while driving, you will want to be able to reach it easily in case of emergency. Your phone is also the easiest way to follow your GPS and stay on course. WeatherTech’s CupFone will allow you to keep your phone upright in your car’s cup holder, providing easy access to these functions as well as easier control of streaming music! 

2. If you’re worried about your car’s organization or storage in your vehicle during your trip, you’ll want to keep your cargo or trunk area clean and tidy. This will help you find things that you need easier, without having to pull every bag out to get to them. Using WeatherTech Cargo Liner can help reduce damage to the carpet, as well as catch any spills that may be caused by a leaky cooler. WeatherTech CargoTech can help keep all of your items in place, so that they aren’t shuffling around at every turn. If you’re in need of extra storage and have an existing roof rack, consider the WeatherTech RackSack. It provides additional water-resistant roof storage for longer trips that require more gear!

3. Finally, you’ll want to keep your cabin area ready to go. Extra people and time in your vehicle means extra messes and clutter. For any small items that you’d like to keep close at hand but out of the way, consider a seat organizer, such as the WeatherTech Car Seat Back Organizer. This will hold sunglasses, water bottles or anything else that can easily get lost in the shuffle, while also keeping the backs of your car seats clean. You can also use our FloorLiners to trap any mud or dirt that you may track in during your adventures, and Seat Protectors to help control crumbs and spills from any snacking you do while on the road.
Now you’re ready to hit the road when the next adventure calls with a car that’s fully prepared for your future road trip! Remember to take lots of pictures during your adventures!