When it comes to road trips, you can never be too prepared. The holidays are a great time for family and friends to get together, but the stress of planning everything at once is enough to make your head spin! With the Road Trip Car Maintenance Checklist in hand, I’ve got all the essentials covered so you can focus on more important things like a conversation with loved ones or catching up on some much needed rest.

Be sure to dog-proof your car and dog travel supplies before leaving on a road trip, so an accident or dog escape does not occur while you are driving. Feed them! Give them water! Take them for a walk! Your puppers might poop themselves out which makes your drive easier.

If you always seem to have trouble figuring out what’s necessary when making your list, I’m going to share with you how to prepare ahead so that packing is simple and stress-free. When you’re packing for your next road trip, remember these simple tips to make sure that everything fits and that you’ll bring the items you need to make the trip more enjoyable.