Long-Distance Driving Advice and Road Trip Safety (1/3) – Essential Roadside Emergency Knowledge and Equipment

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Have you ever wanted to travel somewhere just out of your own curiosity and found out that no one else was really all that interested in going there? For me, that was Thunder Bay. Unfortunately for me, most of my friends were simply uninterested in visiting the rest of our province – at least nothing so far north as Thunder Bay.

According to Google Maps, a direct drive from Toronto to Thunder Bay is nearly 15 hours long. That’s the same amount of time it takes to drive from Toronto to Nova Scotia OR Toronto to Florida!

Yowza. Eventually, I did end up driving up to Thunder Bay, and made a 5-day vacation out of it too! But for today, I wanted to focus more on general long-distance driving advice and road trip safety. Prior to this drive, I was almost always exclusively a passenger during long-distance drives and never really put much thought into what needed to be considered to stay safe on the road.

Today’s post will cover the first of three topics to consider when you’re considering a long-distance road trip:

  1. Essential Roadside Emergency Knowledge and Equipment
  2. Accessories to Help Make Long-Distance Driving More Comfortable and
  3. General Advice for Road Trip Safety
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Carry On Bag Dimensions – All the Dimensions You Would Ever Need in 2019 to Ensure Your Carry On Fits for All Flights

Thinking of going for a carry-on only trip? Depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re going, your carry-on bag dimensions can vary. Let’s imagine that we’re traveling across the continent of our dreams, and you’ve booked a whole bunch of regional and budget airlines to get you from one location to the next. Trying to save some money, you try the carry-on only style, and pack your entire life into one tiny bag. Just as you’re about to board your flight though, you’re stopped by the flight attendants. They’re eyeing your bag and … oh no! Your bag is juuuuuust a little too large to go into the cabin, so they force you to check it in, and you’re stuck with a check baggage fee. This totally could have been avoided if some background work was done!

Have no fear, for we’ve created a list that takes away that leg work for you. This list is a work in progress! At the moment, you’ll find a list of carry-on restrictions and limitations for more than 80+ airlines servicing North America and Africa. I’ll be making weekly updates over the course of the next several weeks to include more airlines as I find them.

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The Essentials – Medicine to Carry When Traveling Abroad

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Here is a list of 10 essential over-the-counter medicine to carry when traveling abroad. Illnesses are bound to happen no matter where you are, or what you’re doing. But with the additional changes that traveling introduces, your routine is thrown out whack, and sometimes your hygiene routines might relax (hello beach picnics without washing your hands because clean running water isn’t nearby!). As such, its no wonder that it feels like illnesses happen a lot more frequently when you’re away from home.

Consequently, packing medication with you when traveling is a must! In this post you’ll find:

  • A list of all the medicine to carry when traveling abroad
  • The generic / medicinal ingredient names of the over the counter medication (in case you run out of the medication when you’re abroad and need to buy backups pronto)
  • The preferred dosage strength of the medication to carry

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Everything You Need to Know for a Winter Yurt Camping Experience

Everything you need to know for a winter yurt camping experience
Yurt location – Georgian Bay View Yurt

I feel like my favorite local websites have really been upping their winter getaway posts (like this, this, this, this, this, and this ). Have you noticed it too? Because if you did, you’d probably have read about winter yurt camping and might have even considered doing it! Sites like Narcity and BlogTo have mentioned how great it is to take glamping into the colder months. We couldn’t agree with them more!

Winter yurt camping can be a fun way to start a winter adventure, have a mini romantic getaway, or be a fun way to live life unplugged for a couple of days. Yurts might just be the comfortable, easy, and relaxing experience that you’re looking for. Make it your best experience ever, and read up on things you need to know before booking your first winter yurt.

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Two and Half Days in Arizona – Road Trip Costs

ItemCost (CAD $)
Accommodations and Transportation
     Nissan Rogue Car Rental  72.66
     AirBnB Campsite Rental  60.23
     Hotel Aspen (breakfast included)161.57
     Gas (duration of trip)  66.27
Meals
     In N’ Out  31.08
     Groceries from Trader’s Joe  27.18
     MartAnne’s Cafe – Dinner  61.22
     Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles 63.36
Flights
     Maria’s Flight (covered as part of extended company
     training)
  00.00
     Anson’s FlightN/A*
     Angelo’s FlightN/A*

*These items are marked as N/A as its been quite a while and unfortunately we never did get a chance to update each other on the flight costs! If we ever find them again, we’ll be sure the update the post with the additional costs.

For our Two and a Half Days in Arizona, our group of three shared a total road trip cost of $543.57 CAD (excluding flight costs). On a per night basis, this equates to $90.56 CAD/ night per person. Compared to the Quebec Road Trip Costs, (which worked out to $75 CAD /night per person) there was an increase in expenditure. This costed 30% more than the Quebec Road Trip, but given a smaller travelling group, and the additional costs of currency conversion, the added expenditure for this trip was understandable.

Our spending comprised of the following categories:

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