DECORAH, IA (July 20, 2020) – Road trips have always been a part of summer in the United States. This year more people are turning to the open road rather than flying out of COVD-19 concerns. For others, road trips have always been a preferred means of travel. We’ll pass along our secrets of how to plan a road trip for a more enjoyable and safer this summer.
Once you’ve agreed upon a destination, plot a route that suits your traveling style – fastest/shortest route between point A and point B or a journey with fun stops along with way with opportunities to learn, experience something new, share an adventure or create a memory. It’s more important this year to plan in advance. Road trip tips from trusted sources are a great resource. If you belong to an organization like AAA, use their online road trip planning tool, TripTik®, to find lodging, camping, rest stops, attractions, restaurants, gas station, etc. Research your lodging options to make sure they fit your comfort level in accommodations as well as COVID protocols and make a reservation for added peace of mind.
A great way to extend your budget and reduce stops is to bring along food and beverages from home. Decide how many meals you’ll eat from your cooler versus restaurants. Create a shopping list for meals, snacks, and beverages, and don’t forget the ice. Then decide how big a cooler will be necessary to contain those items for you and your passengers. A pro tip from seasoned travelers is to bring a large cooler, like a Grizzly Cooler G60, as your “base camp” to be stowed in the trunk or back compartment of your vehicle, especially on those long road trip’s. The 60-quart cooler will retain ice and keep contents cold for the whole family for the duration and can hold 20 lbs. of ice and 72 12 oz. cans. Suggested retail $349.99.
Using a large cooler as your base of operations, transfer each day’s items to a smaller cooler, like a Drifter 12+, for easy, more frequent access in the passenger compartment. The smaller soft-sided cooler can also easily be carried into a motel or hotel each evening. Designed for lightweight convenience, the Drifter 12+ features two Grip Cup pockets on the exterior and an easy-zip flip-top lid providing access to a fully waterproof TPU lined central compartment. The EVA foam insulated lid and base and foam walls keep items cold all day. Padded handles and shoulder strap help make transporting this compact cooler even more comfortable. The compression-molded lid and base provide structure for easy packing while multiple pockets and a neoprene gear band add more storage options to the exterior of the cooler. A waterproof ballistic polyester shell holds up to the elements and is available in several colors including black/gunmetal, green/black/orange, moss/gray/cyan, Realtree® Edge™, Realtree® Timber™, and Realtree® Fishing™ Blue. The suggested retail is $99.99.
Keeping the crew hydrated involves a delicate balance between hydrated and too many bathroom breaks! Refill waters from a Grizzly Grip Bottle – a double-walled, stainless-steel bottle available in 20, 32, and 64 oz. sizes. The attached insulated cap with a sure-grip top makes carrying your water supply easy. Depending on the size, the durable insulated bottle can hold your personal or groups’ water supply for your outing, keeping liquids at optimal drinking temperature. The rubberized non-skid pad underneath keeps the bottle in place. Sweat-free exterior. Available in brushed stainless, textured charcoal, October marsh, vintage green, textured sand, and Tahoe blue. Suggested retail $24.99 for 11 oz, $29.99 for 32 oz. and $39.99 for 64 oz.
Keeping drinks available for an occasional sip is key. Choose a Grizzly Grip Cup for caffeinated coffee or fizzy beverage to keep drivers awake and alert. Double-walled sipping excellence in 20 and 32 oz. sizes keep liquids at optimal drinking temperature and fit securely in most vehicle cup holders. The rubberized non-skid pad underneath to keep drinks in place. Sweat-free. Available in brushed stainless, textured charcoal, textured sand, and gloss pink. Suggested retail $24.99 for 20 oz. and $29.99 for 32 oz.
Or choose a Grizzly Grip Can – a comfortable can cooler for 12 oz. cans – to keep beverages cold while in transit or during a break. Slip in a cold canned beverage, secure and sip. The Grizzly Grip features finger inserts to allow for a secure, comfortable hold. Double-walled construction keeps beverages cold up to four hours even in the midday sun. The rubberized non-skid pad underneath to keep drinks in place. Sweat-free exterior. Available in brushed stainless and textured charcoal. Suggested retail $24.99.
Add a socially-distanced hike to your road trip to get out and stretch, let the kids burn off some steam, and break up the day. Use an app like AllTrails to find a hike near your route and filter by length, difficulty, and rating. The free version is feature-rich or upgrades to the paid version for downloadable maps for offline navigation. Be sure to bring along water in the Grizzly drinkware of your choice; this is especially important during times of extreme heat or when shade is not available.
Are you thirsty for travel but don’t have a destination in mind? Check out the Roadtrippers app for ideas. It provides some road trip options as well as suggestions for places to pull over and explore like beaches, geological features, monuments, parks, and public art. Even a close-to-home day trip can leave refresh and rejuvenate.
“This is a great time to set out on an adventure with your family. Take Grizzly Coolers and Grizzly Grip Drinkware with you,” explained Ethan Pole, Grizzly Coolers Marketing Director. “We can still get out, explore, and create great memories with our kids.”
Grizzly Coolers and Grizzly Grip Drinkware items are available now at outdoor and online retailers, including grizzlycoolers.com. The suggested retail price starts at $24.99.
About Grizzly Coolers:
Grizzly Coolers is most known for its rotomolded, bear-resistant, Made-in-USA hard-sided Grizzly Coolers. Grizzly Coolers also offers soft-sided coolers, insulated drinkware, and innovative hunting blinds. Learn more about all its products, its rigorous product testing process, and where you can buy these quality products at GrizzlyCoolers.com.